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Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare joins the United Cerebral Palsy Network!

Posted On: 08/28/2012

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (Gillette) joins United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) as its newest affiliate and the first children’s hospital to join the UCP network in the organization’s 64-year history, the organizations announced today. UCP’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to welcome Gillette as UCP of Minnesota during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. This makes UCP and its affiliate network nearly a $1 billion enterprise devoted to educating, advocating for and providing support services to people who have a spectrum of disabilities.

Gillette is internationally recognized for its work in treating children who have disabilities and complex medical conditions. Its Center for Cerebral Palsy is world renowned for its medical treatment and rehabilitation services dedicated to reducing the effects of cerebral palsy through an interdisciplinary team. The hospital was cited by the 2012 US News & World Report as one of the country’s best children’s hospitals in the areas of orthopedics and neurology/neurosurgery. Gillette serves approximately 4,000 children each year with CP at its main campus in St. Paul, Minnesota and at clinics throughout the state. Click here to download a fact sheet with additional information about Gillette.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gillette to the UCP family,” said Stephen Bennett, president & chief executive officer of UCP. “The partnership with Gillette marks a new approach by UCP to expand our network in new and exciting ways. Gillette’s mission mirrors that of UCP, with a broad commitment to people with a spectrum of disabilities. Their reach, reputation and dedicated and accomplished team adds vast new resources to the UCP network, and we are excited for a strong partnership in the years to come.”

”As a national leader in specialty health care, Gillette is always looking to build partnerships with organizations who provide support to children who have disabilities and their families,” said Margaret Perryman, president and CEO of Gillette. “By becoming an affiliate of UCP, we will now be able to provide our patients with even more valuable resources.”

UCP is comprised of close to 90 affiliates throughout the globe that provide services such as housing, physical therapy, assistive technology training, early intervention services, individual and family support, social and recreational programs, community living, state and local referrals, employment, employment assistance and advocacy.  Gillette joins UCP as the first hospital center and points to UCP’s efforts to expand its reach through creative partnerships with organizations that provide excellence in service to people with disabilities.

“This is an important day for UCP,” Bennett said. “Just as parents in the 1940s founded UCP as a response to wanting better for their children, UCP is excited to announce a partnership that expands its reach to help even more people under the UCP banner.”


About United Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit

About Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Gillette is an independent, not-for-profit hospital and clinics, that is internationally recognized for its work in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults who have disabilities or complex medical needs. As, the nation’s first hospital devoted to the treatment of children with disabilities, Gillette’s mission is to help children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life. In a nationwide survey by U.S. News Media Group this year, Gillette ranked 12th in pediatric orthopedics and 39th in pediatric neurology/neurosurgery, an increase over our 2011 national rankings.


Posted On: 08/28/2012

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Meet Us Monday – Meet Karen, RN!

Posted On: 08/26/2012

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

I love to exercise at Lifetime Fitness and I also love my church. I treasure my family and friends.

Meet Karen Hanson!

2. Do you have any children or pets?

I have four adult children who I am very proud of.

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

I loved Robin Hood because he helped all persons that were in need. On a separate note, I have always thought it would be fun to be able to fly.

4. What is your favorite food?


5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you?

My goal is to someday go to Norway as I am 100% Norwegian. I would love to investigate my ancestry.

6. What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school was English.

7. Who did you admire as a child?

I always admired Abraham Lincoln as he freed slaves.

8. Favorite band or type of music?

I play accordion and took lessons for 10 years as a kid.

9. Do you have a memory at Gillette that you want to share?

I was especially touched watching a 3 year old girl who had always crawled since birth start walking on her feet after surgery.

I was also reminded of the amazing work at Gillette when I went to Tanzania on a mission trip with church and saw  several adults who had never been treated for clubfeet. They had spent their whole life with feet that were wrapped in rags and turned in. They walked with a staff to keep their balance.

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

I love working with the kids. They are so much fun. Also our staff is amazing- very caring and kind!!!!! I love my job!


Meet Us Monday – Meet Sarah, RN

Posted On: 08/19/2012

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

My family is one of my biggest hobbies – and seems to not leave room for much else.  My husband and I are so very into our son, Oliver.  He’s 14 months old, and doing new things all the time.  I’m obsessed with keeping him safe.  Maybe it’s my line of work that leads to that??  We both have a recent love for paddle boards and enjoy biking while carting Ollie in the Chariot behind us.  And, no matter how busy I am, I always seem to squeeze in an episode of Real Housewives on BRAVO.

Meet Us Monday - Meet Sarah, RN

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

If I could choose a superpower – selfishly I would choose to be able to keep my son safe from all harm.  (I’m a little overboard with safety these days).  However, I’m aware that my plans for my family’s life are not the best, and I need to learn to be more trusting!

3. What is your favorite food?

My favorite food of all times would be pizza – any kind!  I would rather have to eat that for every meal for the rest of my life, than to never be able to eat it again.

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you?

My husband and I are interested in going to Kenya.  I’ve been to that area 3 times, and feel like I’ve left a piece of my heart there, and will be forever changed by those experiences.  We would like to go back as a family.

5. What’s your favorite type of music?

I really enjoy a wide variety, but my two staples are a blend between listening to Christian music and the top 40.  Very non-exciting.
6. Do you have a memory at Gillette that you want to share?

One of my favorite memories from Gillette comes from the earlier part of my seven years.  I was a part of the core group of nurses caring for a teenage boy who was critically injured.  His injuries were such that they were not life sustaining, and his parents whole-heartedly chose and embraced organ donation for him.  His parents and his siblings were thrust into this situation and handled everything with such grace.  It was an incredible honor to be such a close part of this family’s life during their time here at Gillette.  I like to think we made a lifelong impact in how they remember their son’s last moments, as well as be a big part of someone else’s life that was going to be affected forever by receiving the gift of organ donation.  It will be imprinted on my heart forever.

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

I really enjoy my job!  My favorite part is the patient’s we serve at Gillette.  In every phase of my life, I have appreciated our patient population in a new way.  Gillette also has such a great group of nurses who also have such a high work ethic.  Being around this type of motivation really makes my job so enjoyable.


Meet Us Monday – Meet Ivann

Posted On: 08/12/2012

Ivann is a new addition to Gillette and has joined the team as a Simulation Technician and Integration Support Specialist for our surgery area. He recently moved from Mexico to the Twin Cities to join the Gillette team. The Simulation Center is a new opportunity for our healthcare team to learn and practice in a realistic setting to improve their skills and experience.

1. What are some of your hobbies outside work?

Mountain biking, walking, kayaking, tennis, movies and traveling.

2. Do you have any children or pets?

I have a 4 year old daughter that lives in Mexico with her mom and I see her via Skype. I’m hoping that I can bring her here in the future.

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

I always wanted to be Batman with all the technology. If I had to choose a super power I’d choose the power of healing.

4. Do you have a favorite book? What is your favorite food?

I have some books that I like, but I don’t know their English titles. But, I really like “The Secret” I believe in the power of the mind. As for food, I love all kinds of international food; Asian – Thai, Italian, Chinese, Mexican Latin-American fusion, and from USA: BBQ Ribs.

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

I would love to visit Bora Bora or a fly on a hot air balloon on Capadocia!




6. What was your favorite subject in school?


7. What is your favorite musician/band/type of music?

I like all kinds of music; it depends on the occasion. For relaxation I like Enya and for traveling I like pop music such as Adele, Colbie Caliat and Shakira.

8. Who did you admire when you were a child?

I’ll always admired my father. He showed me so many things like how to ride a bicycle, roller skate, camp, play tennis, swim, enjoylife and the concept of family.

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

I have been only in USA and at Gillette for 1 month and I can say everyone has been great to me and I am blessed to be here. I’m sure that I’ll have a lot of memories here. One day, one of my co-workers from surgery came to the Simulation Center to take a bunch of funny photos to make posters for the kids. Everyone participated and we had a great time.

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

I enjoy helping people with technology, but the most important  thing is to show the benefits of simulation for our patients.

In Memory of Mary Bussiere, RN, BSN

Posted On: 08/07/2012

The Gillette family experienced a sad loss last week with the passing of Mary Bussiere, RN, BSN.

Mary began her career here in 2010 and supported Dr. Taniguchi, Dr. Partington, Dr. Karachunski and Dr. Kim. She quickly impacted staff and f

amilies with her amazing upbeat energy, spunky personality, zest and love for pediatric nursing and never ending smile. In truly unique Mary form and style, she eagerly embraced and mastered her resource nurse role in the St. Paul Outpatient Clinic.In the short two years Mary was a part of our team at Gillette she touched and inspired many with her dedication and devotion to pediatric nursing and love and knowledge of neurosciences. At the age of 27, she was viewed by colleagues young and old as a nursing leader and mentor.

Mary will be dearly missed. Her energy and spirit will not be forgotten and will continue to live among our team and Gillette family.


Meet Us Monday: Meet Tracy!

Posted On: 08/05/2012

Do you recognize Tracy? She probably recognizes you! If you’ve visited Gillette in St. Paul, you can find Tracy behind the information desk by the front doors. She’s typically juggling phone calls, answering questions, and greeting everyone that walks by. So today, meet Tracy, an integral part of the staff at Gillette!

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?

A. Travel, shopping, biking, hanging out with friends and family, reading, I’m an admitted crossword puzzle nerd, and it USED to be volunteering at Gillette until I was hired on, but now my work hours won’t allow it.

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

A. If I could choose a superpower, it’d have to be flying.  I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to have the ability to FLY??

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My favorite food… it’s a toss-up between Mexican and Thai.

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

A. Greece…once they get their economy back in the black.

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. Junior year of high school I was obsessed with Greek mythology.  (Perhaps this is part of the reason for my favorite travel destination?)

Q. Do you have a favorite musician/band/type of music?

A. I enjoy a wide variety of music, with the exception of heavy metal or anything involving chanting monks.  I’ll even admit to having a couple of, ahem, country songs on my iPod.

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

A. My father – he helped raised three children while working full-time and attending college part-time; he worked for the federal government for 30+ years and rarely missed a day and never once did he let the fact that he has cerebral palsy stop him from doing anything.

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

A. My position and central location within Gillette affords me the luxury of having many favorite stories and memories; too many as a matter of fact to pick just one.  However, I must say that as a whole, just seeing the kiddoes return for clinic appointments after long stays on Inpatient Rehab and the remarkable progress they have made; it just shows how much of a profound impact Gillette has on the lives of so many.

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

A. The thing I enjoy most about my job at Gillette is the opportunity to get to know so many of our wonderful patients and their families.  And frankly, some of the great conversations I have with our younger patients keep me laughing for days.