Inside Gillette Blog

Meet Us Monday - Meet Justin Gillis

Posted On: 11/25/2013

1. What is your position and role at Gillette? Do you have a favorite story or memory? My position at Gillette is a Neurodiagnostic Technologist, and that is preforming neurologic tests such as an EEG.  One of the most fun activities, which has led to many memories, is to go on the Stroll For Epilepsy each year as a team member of Gillette.
2. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? One of my favorite hobbies is to play team sports, such as football and basketball.  Also, I enjoy watching movies, playing the guitar and discovering new trails on walks or while biking.
3. Do you have any children or pets? I have two cats Tootsie and Brie who I inherited through marriage; and I have a new addition to my family, my daughter Haley, who is now three months old.
4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? If I could travel anywhere in the world I would travel to New Zealand to go hiking, or South Africa to go cage diving with the sharks.
5. What is one fun fact about you? A fun fact about me is I am from Green Bay, WI and I am a Packers fan!!!

TV Coverage Captures Tree Lighting

Posted On: 11/21/2013

On Monday evening, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare illuminated a tree with 10,000 lights visible for miles in downtown St. Paul. The tree is a symbol of the hope our patients and families have, the expertise of our staff, and the generosity of our donors. The event attracted coverage from local TV stations KARE 11, WCCO and FOX 9. You can also donate and help us light Gillette's tree. 

10,000 Lights of Hope

Posted On: 11/19/2013

Meet Us Monday - Meet Rachel Sievers, R.N.

Posted On: 11/18/2013

1. What is your position and role at Gillette? Do you have a favorite story or memory? I am the inpatient charge nurse on the Neurosciences unit.  I have worked at Gillette on the same unit for 10 years.  My favorite part about working at Gillette is developing a relationship with our patients and families.  I feel so honored to be a part of their lives, and I love to see returning patients and families!  There are some patients and families that I have known since I started working here 10 years ago and still get to see!

2. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outside (only when it’s warm!), going to the cabin, reading and taking pictures.

3. Do you have any children or pets? I have two children; Corey who is 4 and Kennedy who is 1.  They keep me busy, so I don’t have any pets!

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? It would be hard to choose just one place to travel to, but I have always wanted to volunteer in an orphanage somewhere.  I haven’t told my husband this yet, because he would say I would want to adopt some of the kids and bring them home!  (Which is probably true).

5. What is one fun fact about you? I have been working with children since I was 12, including babysitting, working as a summer nanny for four summers, working at an after school program in high school, working at a summer camp in Florida, and working at a daycare in college.  I guess I knew early on that I wanted to work with kids for my career.  If I had to do it all over again, I would still be a Pediatric Nurse.

Kid Of The Day - Jaxson’s Story

Posted On: 11/07/2013

My pregnancy was healthy and normal. An ultrasound said we were having a girl! My husband and I were on vacation four hours from home. We spent hours in our boat talking about how we would take our daughter fishing. I was 23 weeks along – just over halfway. But on the last day of vacation, I went into labor. I was airlifted to a hospital with a high-level NICU. And the baby was born. It was not breathing.

Doctors were working frantically. Everyone was crying. And then I heard the most amazing sound – a tiny little cry! The baby was alive! My husband was able to cut the cord. That’s when he noticed that we had a boy instead of the girl we were expecting! Jaxson surprised us by coming 17 weeks early, and he has kept us on our toes ever since.

Jax was the youngest baby in that NICU…ever. Doctors gave him a 4-percent chance of healthy survival. But he proved from day one that he was here to stay. Our little 1-pound, 8-ounce fighter was the “feisty” baby. He was a wiggler and was drugged so he wouldn't pull out his IVs. He extubated himself four times. He had significant trouble with his insulin levels and received six blood transfusions in the first three weeks of life. Jax had aggressive and severe ROP in both eyes, which required Avastin injections and laser eye surgery. He is still monitored closely, but so far his eyes look great!

After 93 days in the NICU, Jax came home. He was released an entire month before his due date! This is unheard of for 23 weekers. His pediatrician calls him “a superhero” every time he sees him.

Jax has done very well, but he still faces some challenges. He’s had four surgeries, with another one scheduled for this fall. He struggles daily with chronic lung disease. We have a million doctor appointments, but the main thing we do is love each other! Jax just turned 14 months old and after months of physical and occupational therapy at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, our little buddy celebrated by pulling himself up to standing! He is always on the go.

Jax has the amazing power to lift your spirits anytime he’s in the room. His genuine smiles, open-mouthed kisses, and friendly “talks” make every day special. Jax is also independent. He does his own thing and goes his own way. He doesn't fit the mold and defies the odds every single day. Jax is also very adaptable. Jax is the most laid–back kid. He goes with the flow and does it with a smile on his face. Jax had oral aversion problems when we introduced solid food. After only three months of therapy, he will now eat whatever you put in front of him. He faces challenges head on: show him once, and he figures out a way! Jax is a hilarious kid – he makes us laugh everyday with his funny faces and goofy songs. He loves music and always moves to the beat. Some of his favorite things are going for walks in his stroller, reading books, playing with his cousins, and meeting new people. He’s so friendly – he has a smile for everyone he meets. You’d never know by his happy personality that he spent three months in the hospital fighting for his life!

Meet Us Monday - Meet Abdulkadir Muse

Posted On: 11/04/2013

1. What is your position and role at Gillette? I am a Sleep Technician and Respiratory Therapist

2. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? Some of my hobbies outside of work include playing basketball and taking my kids to the park.

3. Do you have any children or pets? I have five adorable kids!

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would love to travel to Istanbul, Turkey.

5. What is one fun fact about you? I come from a family of ten siblings! Since I was in the middle, I developed a unique way of dealing with family issues. At times it may not be fun, but trust me it is fun being me!