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We’re Expanding Our Minnetonka Locations

Posted On: 05/28/2013

If you live in the western Twin Cities, you should know that Gillette now has two Minnetonka locations to serve you better.

Minnetonka Clinic

Our Minnetonka Clinic offers appointments with pediatric physicians and nurse practitioners who specialize in:

  • Craniofacial and plastic surgery
  • Neurodevelopmental pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics and spine conditions
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Sleep medicine

We also offer a full range of assistive technology, seating and mobility services.

Although our Minnetonka Clinic remains in its original location (in the Children’s West complex, near the intersection of Interstate 494 and Highway 62), we’re completely remodeling the facility. There’s a new waiting area, additional exam rooms, and other improvements underway.

Minnetonka Therapies

We’ve moved our rehabilitation therapies services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy) to a spacious location just a third of a mile from the Minnetonka Clinic.

The beautiful new facility includes a state-of-the-art therapy gym, a therapy kitchen, and private treatment spaces. Early morning and evening appointments are available.

At Minnetonka Therapies, we also evaluate and treat patients who have:

  • Communication disorders or muscle tone issues and who might benefit from communication aids (Augmentative and Alternative Communications Clinic)
  • Trouble eating, swallowing and obtaining nourishment (Feeding and Nutrition Clinic)

All of our providers work closely with nearby physicians, therapists and other clinicians to provide care and coordinate services. In addition, we act as partners with area schools to help ensure that patients get all the services they need—close to home.

You can learn more about our Minnetonka Clinic and Minnetonka Therapies on our website:!

Gillette Maple Grove Clinic Expansion

Posted On: 03/31/2013

If you live in the northwest Twin Cities, we’ve made it easier for you to benefit from our team of experts.

Maple Grove Clinic

Gillette has added providers and services to our Maple Grove Clinic. Now you can see doctors and nurse practitioners who specialize in:

  • Craniofacial services and pediatric plastic surgery
  • Concussion and neurotrauma care
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Pediatric rehabilitation medicine
  • Sleep medicine

For a list of our Minnetonka doctors and nurse practitioners—and of the conditions they treat—click here.

In addition, Maple Grove offers four of our most popular interdisciplinary clinics:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Clinic: We provide AAC systems for patients who need help communicating effectively.
  • Feeding Clinic: We evaluate and treat children who have problems eating, drinking and swallowing.
  • Seating Evaluation Clinic: We customize positioning equipment to help patients make the most of their abilities.
  • Head Shape Clinic:  We evaluate and treat children for deformational plagiocephaly.

We also offer a full range of assistive technology and rehabilitation therapies services at our large and comfortable location. Our state-of-the-art therapy gym includes an elliptical machine and a therapy swing. We also have a therapy kitchen and access to a warm-water therapeutic pool, so you can make all of your outpatient rehabilitation appointments in one place.

Want to make an appointment? Just call 651-290-8707 or 800-719-4040 (toll-free).


Healing Garden Brings the Outdoors to Gillette Families

Posted On: 09/07/2011

Here at Gillette, outdoor space has long been a part of our history. In the early- to mid-1900s – when our hospital was located on the shores of Lake Phalen – children enjoyed everything from sandboxes and swing sets, to even a baseball diamond!

When Gillette moved to its current location in the 1970s, we gained much-needed space to grow to meet community needs. But we lost an area for children and families to enjoy the outdoors — until now.  Earlier this summer, we opened the Peggy King Healing Garden – a soothing, natural space located adjacent to our new patient-care building.

The beautiful space includes play equipment, outdoor musical instruments, a fountain, and areas to simply relax and enjoy nature. Patients also use the space for outdoor therapy sessions, which focus on practical skills and independence.

The garden is named in honor of Peggy King, a wife, mother and longtime Gillette board member. To honor her service to others, her family made a gift in support of a healing garden for Gillette. The garden was also partially funded by Gillette’s employees, who know the value of having an outdoor space for patients and families.

The garden features a walking path throughout and shaded pergola.

A view of the play equipment and small garden used for outdoor therapies.

A rock fountain provides soothing ambiance.

Children can enjoy using these musical pipes and, nearby, musical footpads.

Peggy King’s family toured the garden named in her honor. From left to right: Ginnie Weyerhaeuser, Dr. Larry Record, Steve Rasmussen, Kristin Rasmussen, Tom Rasmussen, Cathy Morley and CEO of Gillette, Margaret E. Perryman.

Ronald McDonald Family Room Celebrates First Milestone

Posted On: 08/04/2011

Our Ronald McDonald Family Room celebrated an exciting milestone today, when staff registered the 100th family to stay in the newly opened space!  Although we didn’t anticipate reaching this milestone so quickly, we’re thrilled to be serving even more families than we originally expected.  At this rate, more than 4,000 inpatient families will benefit from the space each year.

There couldn’t be a better time to share photos of our beautiful Family Room, which includes four bedrooms with private baths, as well as a common area with a fully-stocked kitchen, dining room and living room area. Warm and welcoming, the space is designed to give families a homelike environment to rest and rejuvenate during their child’s hospital stay. We’re proud to be partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest to provide this wonderful space for our families.

Colorful artwork and warm wood tones greet families at check-in.

The kitchen and dining area features a fully stocked pantry and cupboards.

The kitchen features spacious counter space and stainless steel appliances.

One of four private sleeping rooms for families.

Of course, each sleeping room features its own private bathroom.

The living room's comfy couches and large TV make it a perfect place for relaxation.

A Sneak Peek Inside Gillette’s Surgery Suite

Posted On: 06/06/2011

Last week, we introduced you to Gillette’s spacious new surgical suite in St. Paul. And this week, we couldn’t resist sharing a sneak-peek inside the beautiful new facility. We are pleased to report that our new facility is already up-and-running for our physicians, nurses, and patient families.

Here is the pre-anesthesia area, where clinical staff prepare patients for their surgeries.  The soothing, nature-themed imagery provides a calming environment for families.

A ceiling of sky and clouds greets patients as they make their way from pre-anesthesia to our operating rooms.

The corridor leading to our operating room mimics the nature theme seen earlier in the pre-anesthesia area.

And finally, one of our seven new state-of-the-art operating rooms. The rooms are spacious enough to accommodate the complex procedures – often involving more than one surgeon – that children with disabilities often need.

Thanks again to the Gillette staff, supporters, and families who helped us welcome the new space last week.

Introducing Gillette’s New Surgical Suite!

Posted On: 06/02/2011

Yesterday marked an exciting milestone for everyone here at Gillette: the completion of our expanded surgical suite in our St. Paul hospital. Physicians, nurses, and other surgical staff will begin using the space as early as next week!  Employees, supporters, and patient families received a guided tour of the state-of-the-art facility, which includes seven operating rooms, a surgical observation area for training residents and fellows, and spacious areas for both pre- and post-anesthesia care.

We were honored that several current and former members of the Minnesota State Legislature were able to attend our open house and tour. We’re especially grateful to members of our Legislature — without the $10 million that Gillette was granted in the state’s bonding bill last year, this much-needed facility wouldn’t exist.

Why was it so crucial that we expand our surgical space? Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen steady increases in demand for surgical services. In fact, the number of surgeries we perform each year has more than doubled since 1999. Advances in technology, and the growth of multi-team, multi-intervention surgeries, have made additional space not just a want, but a true need. With the opening of our new space, we’re equipped to provide growing volumes of kids the best possible surgical care for years to come.

Former State Senator Roger Moe and State Representative Lyndon Carlson toured a pre-anesthesia patient room.

State Representative Lyndon Carlson and State Senator Keith Langseth discuss features of the new space with Gillette staff members.

Gait and Motion Analysis: Open for Patient Care!

Posted On: 01/18/2011

Beginning today, the final piece of Gillette’s new patient care building — the James R. Gage Center for Gait and Motion Analysis — opened to patients and families.  We now have twice as much space for motion analysis testing.   And since our Center for Gait and Motion Analysis is the busiest clinical motion analysis center in the world (yes, you read that right!), we know we’ll make good use of our added square footage.

What is Gait Analysis, Anyway?

If you aren’t quite sure what  Gait and Motion Analysis means, chances are you’re not alone.   But you’re in luck– we’re here to help!   Using advanced computer technology, Gillette’s motion analysis team can analyze how muscles, joints and nerves work together to make movement possible. That helps our doctors recommend treatments for patients’ walking and movement problems.

About Our New Space

Our expanded Center for Gait and Motion Analys (or “Gait Lab,” for short) features private family reception and waiting areas, state-of-the-art testing equipment, and heated floors for added comfort during exams. Take a closer look, and you’ll notice a theme: a Pooh and Tigger measurement scale, Pooh artwork, and a whimsical poem, written on gait analysis, that mimics a Winnie the Pooh original.

Expanded space in our Center for Gait and Motion Analysis testing area, seen here, will allow us to treat even more children!

Visitors to our new space will notice a playful Winnie the Pooh theme, including this height measurement scale.

A portrait of James R. Gage, M.D., for whom our Center is named, hangs in the family reception area.

Family waiting space is filled with natural light and features both child- and adult-sized seating.

Rehabilitation Therapies: Up and Running!

Posted On: 12/19/2010

About a month ago, we told you about the opening of our St. Paul skyway that connects Gillette’s existing clinic with our new patient-care building. The top floor, housing offices for our physicians and CEO, Margaret Perryman, also opened.  But until today, the building’s patient-care space — including our Center for Pediatric Rehabilitation and Center for Gait and Motion Analysis — remained under construction.

That changed today, with the opening of beautiful new space for children undergoing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapy. Large treatment rooms are filled with natural light and state-of-the-art equipment — the perfect environment for kids to take their first steps, say new words, and gain independence. Private rooms — many with live Web cams — minimize distractions during therapy sessions, and allow parents to watch their child’s session from the waiting area.

Our new rehabilitation therapies space is attracting lots of attention (and excitement!). But there’s one thing kids, parents and even staff are especially interested in checking out: a large tank housing delicate saltwater seahorses. Want to see for yourself? Take a look at the photos below.    

With rehab therapies open for business, construction crews are busy completing construction of Gillette’s Center for Gait and Motion Analysis, on the new building’s lower level. It’s expected to open in early January of next year.

Rehab Therapies waiting space is both adult- and kid-sized

Rehab Therapies gym, equipped and patient-ready!

The rehabilitation gym overlooks our skyway and St. Paul Clinic.

Look closely: can you see the two seahorses?

An occupational therapy room, equipped with a play kitchen for therapy exercises.

It’s Moving Day (Again) For Our CEO

Posted On: 11/21/2010

Happy Monday from Gillette! Here at Gillette, today marks much more than the start of another week. That’s because, today, our new skyway–which connects our St. Paul hospital to our new patient-care building on University Avenue–opened to patients, families and staff.  It’s an exciting milestone in Gillette’s history, and an important step forward toward our new building’s completion.

The new building, housing Gillette’s Center for Gait and Motion Analysis and Rehabilitation Therapies, is still being readied for patients and families.  We’ll share details on a January open house in the weeks ahead.  But in the meantime, it’s top floor is complete and move-in ready – and just in time.  Today, our President and CEO, Margaret Perryman, makes her second and final move to her new office on the building’s top floor.

Here are some recently-shot photos of our beautiful new space.

Click here for a time-lapse video of our building’s construction, which began in the fall of 2009.

St. Paul Skyway: Opening Soon!

Posted On: 10/20/2010

Things are progressing quickly at the site of our soon-to-be-complete new building and skyway. Much of the construction activity is now happening inside, as crews paint and finish installation of everything from elevators to light fixtures, carpet, doors, and restrooms.  Think of it as the building’s “internal organs,” so to speak.

But there’s plenty of activity outside, too. Large pieces of stone (weighing 3,000 lbs. each!) are arriving daily, part of a retaining wall adjacent to the building. And just this week, our exterior signage — located on both the skyway and the building itself — arrived on-site. Here’s a view from University Avenue:

As you can see, our new building is getting closer to completion every day. In fact, the top floor — where physician and administrative offices will relocate — will be ready for move-in in a little more than a month (the building’s other floors, housing our Center for Gait and Motion Analysis and Rehabilitation Therapies, will open for patients in late January).  

Remember this video message from our CEO, Margaret Perryman, on her office move to make way for our skyway? Stay tuned for a follow-up as she again packs up and moves to the top floor of our new building.

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