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Meet Coral Karsky, Music Therapist at Gillette!

Posted On: 04/29/2012

Meet Coral Karsky, a music therapist at Gillette! Music Therapy at Gillette can be used to decrease anxiety, help a child cope with a hospital stay, and reach rehabilitative goals. Click to watch the Music Therapy video.

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?

A. I like to spend time with my husband, Andy, cook, take walks around the lake by our home, and play in the band at our church. I also love to cheer for the Minnesota Twins.

Meet Coral Karsky, Music Therapist at Gillette!

Q. Do you have any kids or pets?

A. No kids or pets just yet, but Andy and I hope for both in the future.  In the meantime, we are fairly successful at taking care of our four houseplants.

Q. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

A. She’s not really a superhero, but I thought Mary Poppins had some amazing “superpowers”. Mostly, I just wanted the ability to snap my fingers and have my bedroom be instantly clean!

Q. What is your favorite book and food?

A. I have always enjoyed Christy by Catherine Marshall.   My favorite food would have to be ice cream.

Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

A. I would love to go to scuba diving or swimming with dolphins in Australia.

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. English.  I always enjoyed writing and reading interesting books.

Q. What is your favorite type of music or band?

A. This is a very hard question!  I like all kinds of music. I grew up listening to the Beatles and James Taylor.  Right now, some of my favorite bands include The Weepies and Gungor.

Q. Do you have a favorite story or memory from Gillette?

A. My favorite memories at Gillette usually involve a patient accomplishing a goal or task that previously had seemed so difficult to achieve.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?

A. I love so many things about my job!  I have fantastic colleagues and I appreciate the sense of team work and dedication that goes into patient care each day.  I love that my job allows me to have fun and be creative in using music therapy to help our patients heal, cope, and achieve their goals.

 


Gillette Nurses Expand TCAB Initiative

Posted On: 04/25/2012

When we ask patient families what they love most about Gillette, an answer we frequently hear involves our fantastic team of nurses.  Did you know that, in addition to nurses that care for our pediatric patients, we also have a specially trained team dedicated to caring for adult patients who have disabilities?

Last fall, nurses on Gillette’s Adult Inpatient Unit began participating in Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), a nursing initiative aimed at optimizing patient care by increasing the amount of time nurses spend at the patient’s bedside. The Adult Inpatient Unit is Gillette’s second inpatient nursing unit to implement TCAB, making improvements to supply organization and scripting for patient families, providing an information binder to families, and moving into a new location on the hospital’s 7th floor.

“After watching the TCAB process unfold on the Orthopedic/Surgical Unit, I knew I wanted the adult unit to be part of this exciting movement!” says JoAnn Pesek, manager of Gillette’s Adult Inpatient Unit.  An early adopter of the TCAB initiative in Minnesota, Gillette’s nursing team plans to continue expanding TCAB in the future, and in May, will connect with Minnesota’s 24 other hospitals to share best practices.

Nurses involved in the Adult Inpatient Unit TCAB movement get creative to help spread the word about this important patient care initiative.


Meet Erin Tauscher, Occupational Therapist at Gillette!

Posted On: 04/22/2012

Our final Occupational Therapy Meet us Monday post is below. Today, meet Erin Tauscher an Occupational Therapist at Gillette!

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?

A. I like going to spin classes, going to concerts, trying new foods/restaurants, going kayaking/canoeing, and traveling. Really anything that is adventurous.

Meet Erin Tauscher, Occupational Therapist at Gillette!

Q. Do you have any kids or pets?

A. Not yet. I have a goddaughter, Cecelia, which is the closest I have to my own child (yet so far away). My parents have a yellow lab named Molly. I would like to get a puppy, but it depends on where I’m living next year!

Q. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

A. Hands down it would be Instant Teleportation. If I could just think about where I wanted to be and could get there that would be great.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My favorite food is Tikka Masala from Gorkha Palace in Northeast Mpls or Rama Thai at Navaya’s Thai Brasserie in Linden Hills.

Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

A. Right now it would either be Brazil or Argentina. Those will probably be my next big trips. Then it will be subject to change after that.

Q. Favorite kind of music or band?

A. I love all kinds of music.  Currently, I’ve been on a more electronic/upbeat kick.  Right now, my favorite bands are Metric, Little Dragon, Cold War Kids, Bon Iver, and Polica.  Has anyone heard of those bands? Let me know, we should talk

Q. Favorite subject in school?

A. Math and science until I got to college. Then anatomy with cadaver lab!

Q. Who did you admire when you were a kid?

A. My brother. He’s 2 years older and I followed him around like a shadow.

Q. Do you have a favorite story or memory from Gillette?

A. I’m fairly new to the Gillette Team, but I’d say my favorite memory is when an 11 year old patient met me and said “oh I though you’d be prettier”. Guess I was having more than just a bad hair day.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?

A. The diversity, challenge, and support. It’s really been great!


Feeding Tubes: Not Just a Luxury for Kids with Special Needs

Posted On: 04/16/2012

A sensational story on brides going to extremes to lose weight before their weddings—by receiving calories through a temporary feeding tube—is receiving national publicity this week. It’s also prompting negative reactions among the public (Do you have thoughts? Share them below in the “Comments” section).

As a hospital serving children with complex medical conditions, Gillette sees hundreds of patients that rely on feeding tubes for a completely different reason—the delivery of essential calories and nutrients. In many cases, these children have disabilities that make it difficult to take in adequate nourishment or attain a healthful weight. In another danger, some children can aspirate during feedings—inhaling food or liquid into their lungs.

Before Avery received her g-tube, she struggled to receive adequate nutrients.

Three-year-old Gillette patient Avery Saari was born with congenital CMV, or cytomegalovirus, a condition that causes seizures, neurological delays, and other serious issues. Avery struggled to get adequate nutrients due to the reflux caused by CMV, and was diagnosed with failure to thrive at 18 months old. Tests also revealed that Avery would aspirate liquids she took by mouth. “Doctors said this could lead to choking or even pneumonia,” her mom, Jodi Saari, recalls.

Jodi describes an incredible transformation following the placement of Avery’s g-tube. “At her 18 month doctor’s appointment, Avery’s weight was in the 3rd percentile.  By her 2 year appointment, she was in the 85th percentile!”

Today, Avery weights a healthy 47 pounds. She, and her parents, couldn’t be happier.

At Gillette’s Feeding Clinic, our specialists work closely with patients who are experiencing feeding challenges. We help children develop and improve their feeding skills through therapy, and support families as they determine if a feeding tube may help their child thrive.  Whether a child receives nutrients by feeding tube, by traditional feedings or a combination of both, our goal is to keep mealtimes a positive, and stress-free, experience for families.

 


Meet Alyssa Dahlheimer, Occupational Therapist at Gillette!

Posted On: 04/15/2012

Since April is Occupational Therapy Month, we want to introduce you to Alyssa Dahlheimer, Occupational Therapist at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Don’t forget, we have an OT Coloring Contest happening this week on our Facebook page. Log on and vote by ‘liking’ for favorite picture. The winner will receive a Gillette Teddy-Bear!

Meet Alyssa Dahlmeimer, Occupational Therapist at Gillette!

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?

A. In my free time, I enjoy group cycling classes and running. I love to be outside, and in the spring and summer I like to work in my flower gardens. I also enjoy spending time with my family, going to museums and the zoo as well as plays and musicals.

Q. Do you have any kids or pets?

A. My family consists of my husband, Mike, and my two daughters. My daughter, Ella, is 8 and is in 2nd grade. My daughter, Annie, is 5 and is in preschool 3 afternoons a week.

 

Q. What is your favorite book or food?

A. My favorite foods are margherita pizza and cheesecake!

Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

A. There are so many places in the world I would love to travel. I have never been to New York city and would love to see a Broadway play there someday. I would also love to travel to Africa and all over Europe.

Q. Favorite kind of music or band?

A. I really like many kinds of music. Generally, I like anything on Cities 97. I also love big band music and swing dancing to it.

Q. Favorite subject in school?

A. My favorite subjects in school were biology and English literature.

Q. Who did you admire when you were a kid?

A. I have always admired my parents. Even as a teenager, I genuinely liked them. They brought me to all of my sports practices and games, made our house a welcome place for all of my friends and put so much effort into being great parents.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?

A.Working at Gillette is wonderful. I love the kids and families I meet, there are so many inspiring people. I love working with kids and their families to find ways for them to be more independent, successful, and more engaged in their lives. I am always impressed by the dedication and expertise of the staff I work with.


Meet Kathleen Maroney, OT at Gillette Children’s

Posted On: 04/08/2012

Did you know that April is Occupational Therapy Month? Today, we want to introduce you to Kathleen Maroney, an OT at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Keep reading to learn more about Kathleen!

Meet Kathleen Maroney, OT at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

A. I belong to the YMCA and take a variety of their classes.  I enjoy fitness yoga, Zumba, step and PiYo.  I love movies and every year try to see all of the Oscar contenders before the awards show.  I am in a book club and a wine club.  I love doing anything outdoors.

Q. Do you have any kids or pets?

A. I have a son and a daughter.  The youngest began college this year so we are now “empty nesters”. We have a Portuguese Water Dog who will be 12 years old March 18th.

Q. What is your favorite book or food?

A. My addictions are Diet Pepsi and Chocolate Chunk Chewy bars.  I would pick salmon with grilled vegetables as a favorite meal.  I have read many books that I really enjoyed, so it is hard to pick just one.  Some of the recent ones would be The Help, Molokai and the “Dragon Tattoo and “Hunger Games” series.

Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

A. Florence and Venice, Italy

Q. Favorite subject in school?

A. Art History

Q. Favorite musician or band?

A. The Why Store

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?

A. I enjoy the people I work with.  They are very committed to their professions and the families they serve.  I have been very impressed with the support I receive from Judy Miller as our Rehab manager.  The continuing education opportunities are fantastic.


How Can OT Promote Potty Training Victories?

Posted On: 04/02/2012

As we continue celebrating Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, did you know that occupational therapy can help some children address skills that might help them in potty training?  OTs can work with children to practice dressing skills for toileting (pants, zippers, even buttons), address toilet hygiene after bathrooming, and can work with children in wheelchairs to practice transfers from chair to toilet and back.  Although parents should know that OT is never a “quick fix” for potty training issues, it can address important issues – and empower children for success!

 


Meet Nancy Mitchell, Occupational Therapist at Gillette’s Lifetime Clinic

Posted On: 04/01/2012

Did you know that April is Occupational Therapy Month?  To celebrate, we’ll introduce you to a different Gillette occupational therapist (OT) every Meet Us Monday this month. Today, meet Nancy Mitchell, an OT at Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare, our clinic for adults with disabilities. As an OT, Nancy helps patients 16 and older improve their functional skills and hand and arm movements. This might include anything from strength-building exercises to practicing independent living skills, like using a stove or microwave, in the Gillette Lifetime therapy kitchen.  Keep reading to learn more about Nancy!

Meet Nancy Mitchell, OT

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?

A. I enjoy hiking, biking, getting together with friends and walking with my husband and my dog.

Q. Do you have any kids or pets?

A. Two kids: Ben and Courtney (Courtney is an OT too working in LA). Pet: Henry is a dog that was rescued a year ago

Q. As a child, which superhero did you admire? OR If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

A. Superman was about it when I was a kid. Does eating anything I want and not gaining weight count as a superpower?? If so, I would love that.

Q. What is your favorite book or food?

A. No real favorite book. I do love most kinds of candy (see #3…this is a problem)

Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

A. Have been thinking a lot about wanting to go to India.

Q. Favorite subject in school?

A. Really enjoyed most subjects in school.

Q. Who did you admire when you were a kid?

A. My parents.

Q. Do you have a favorite story/memory from Gillette?

A. I was less than impressed when I first saw the physical space at Gillette 20 years ago. I am so pleased that Gillette has become not only a great place to work but a beautiful and welcoming place as well.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?

A. I have worn numerous hats at Gillette in my 20 years of employment. I like my current job the most. I am passionate about Lifetime and the work we do. What we have learned working with our adult patients has so much to teach our pediatric providers.