Inside Gillette Blog

New Video Helps Calm Kids’ Pre-Surgery Jitters – By Cheryl Tveit, R.N.

Posted On: 04/29/2013

Finding the right words to explain an upcoming surgery to your child can be difficult. Surgery can be a stressful time for both children and parents. In fact, it is estimated that between 50 and 75 percent of children undergoing surgery develop significant stress and anxiety in the days leading up to surgery.

Fortunately, many studies have shown that adequately preparing your child before surgery can help decrease their stress and anxiety. According to one recent study, children who underwent preparation for their surgery, including tours and information provided in a developmentally appropriate format, were less likely to have anxiety before surgery and were more likely to report a positive surgery experience.

To help you and your child prepare for an upcoming surgery, we’ve created a child-friendly “Planning for your Surgery” video. This video will walk you and your child through the steps that will occur when you come in for your surgery. It stars an actual Gillette patient and current Gillette staff members in their day-to-day roles. You can view the video here: Preparing for Surgery at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

If you have questions about your upcoming surgery, contact our Pre-Op department at 651-229-3918 or 1-800-719-4040. If you would like to schedule a pre-surgery tour of our hospital with a Child Life Specialist, please call 651-229-3855.


Kain, Z.V., Mayes, L.C., Caldwell-Andrews, A.A., Karas, D.E. & McClain, B.C. (2006). Preoperative anxiety, postoperative pain, and behavioral recovery in young children undergoing surgery. Pediatrics, 118(2), 651-658.

Perry, J.N., Hooper, V.D. & Masiongale, J.(2012). Reducation of preoperative anxiety in pediatric surgery patients using age-appropriate teaching interventions. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 27(2), 69-81.

About the Author

Cheryl Tveit, RN, MSN, CAPA, is a PeriAnesthesia nurse at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Girls and Sports Related Concussions

Posted On: 05/08/2012

In sports played by both sexes, girls are reporting nearly twice as many concussions. This story was aired on NBC Today this morning and Dr. Angela Sinner, pediatric rehabilitation physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare shares her comments.

Watch the video here: Girls and Sports Related Concussions

Angela Sinner, D.O.

Dr. Angela Sinner’s comment: This story shows real female student/athletes and their challenges with concussions. Two of the girls illustrate atypical, though real, outcomes following concussions. They experience long-term effects: nausea, headaches, light sensitivity, and challenges at school.

In the neurotrauma clinic at Gillette, we work hard to help patients heal properly from their concussions through rest after the injury and support as needed. Those are the first steps in attempting to prevent the long-term effects of a concussion and to avoid repeated concussions. We were told that one of these girls sat out for an extended period–the rest of her soccer season–after her first concussion.

Across the country, researchers have work to do to better understand female athletes and their risk of concussion, so we can ensure we manage their conditions optimally.


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.


Bella Goes to Washington

Posted On: 06/06/2010

Calling this a BIG week for Gillette patient Bella Giraldo would be an understatement.  That’s because, on Saturday, she and her family boarded a plane bound for Washington, D.C.  There, she’ll join other children — kids representing all of our 50 states — as part of the Children’s Miracle Network Champions program.  She’ll visit some of the fun museums and landmarks in our nation’s capitol, and meet with legislators on Capitol Hill.  Though we can’t say for sure, there’s a pretty good chance she’ll meet President Obama too! (Want to see if Bella met the President? Click here!)

Back in February, we introduced you to Bella — and told you that she’d be representing Gillette, and Minnesota, for Children’s Miracle Network this year.  And now, with Bella’s trip to Washington, D.C., well underway, we thought there couldn’t be a better time to debut a video we’ve created about how Gillette is helping her overcome a complex disability.  Why not take five minutes and check it out?  We promise you’ll be inspired by Bella.

Moving Day for Margaret

Posted On: 05/24/2010

Last Friday was a big day for our CEO, Margaret Perryman. That’s because our quickly-moving expansion project—a new building and skyway that’s been taking shape right outside Margaret’s office window—came knocking on her door. And we mean that literally! So, just like the many others who’ve given up work space during construction, Margaret packed up her laptop, her papers—and yes, even her favorite plant—and headed to temporary office space. Come later this year, she’ll office in the top floor of our new building.    

Check out this message from Margaret about her big move—and what all of these exciting changes mean.

Margaret’s desk used to sit right here. Now, crews are getting ready to tear down these walls to make way for our skyway:

This area is always bustling with activity. But today, it’s of a completely different kind!

And finally, here’s a photo of our latest construction progress. Since we’re a hospital, after all, here’s a reminder to crews to drink lots of water on this hot day.