Welcome to the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare newsroom. Gillette is the region’s only—and nation’s first—hospital dedicated to serving children, adolescents and adults who have disabilities and complex injuries. As a result, we’ve assembled a team of experts in some of the most highly specialized areas of pediatric medicine, including orthopedics, rehabilitation, craniofacial surgery, neurology and neurosurgery.

Our experts can comment on national and regional health trends, children’s safety topics (including window falls, helmet use, car seat and driving best practices, and water safety), and on a wide range of issues affecting people with disabilities. We can also offer compelling human interest stories featuring our children’s achievements—often, on an exclusive basis. Whatever your need, we strive to provide information and expert interviews as quickly as possible.

Contact Information:

To request an interview or receive a condition update on a patient, contact a member of Gillette’s public relations team. For after-hours requests, call the media pager at 612-580-2192. 

Patty Dunn, Manager,
Communications and Advertising

Steve McCarthy,
Supervisor Communications Platforms

Nick Hanson,
Public Relations Specialist
Kristi Nelson,
Public Relations Specialist

Gillette News

Accessible Summer Fun For All

Summer is a time to bask in the sunshine, enjoy nature and take on new experiences.  “We hope our families at Gillette can participate in...

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Mauer and Friends Kids Classic Connects Patients, Sports Stars

The Mauer and Friends Kids Classic recently united sports heroes and supporters of Gillette to improve the lives of kids who have disabilities and...

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From Minnesota to Alaska, Specialized Care Means Possibilities for Javier

Editor's note: Javier Hruza and his mom, Eleesha Hruza, are in Washington, D.C. this week. By sharing their family's story on Capitol Hill,...

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A Promise to Her Dad Motivates Maria Renata

By: Greta Cunningham Photos by Callan Henrich Seven-year-old Maria Renata Sanchez Diaz traveled 1,600 miles from her home in Mexico City to...

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Alexis Dances through Scoliosis

When Alexis dances to the song “Fix You” by Coldplay, she understands every word. She understands because the very thing that threatened...

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Saving Ahriana After Near-Tragic Accident

Cassie Sonnentag reached the top of her home’s basement stairs, intending to make lunch for her young daughters, when she heard it. She says...

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Weighted Blankets Bring Calm and Comfort

For parents of a child who has stress and anxiety issues it can seem like a weighted blanket has magical properties. Once a weighted blanket or vest...

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Top 5 Summer Safety Hazards for Kids

For many children and families, summer means plenty of fun in the sun. Parents, however, need to be cautious. Many outdoor activities can end with...

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Gillette Family Makes “Field of Dreams” a Reality

Imagine a real-life "Field of Dreams." Not in the movies or some fantasy land, but in the backyard of a Gillette family's home just outside of...

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NPR’s “Tiny Desk” Winner Reflects on Music, Living with Rare Condition

Gaelynn Lea’s fiddle music and song, “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun,” has moved her from lingering in the sun to basking in...

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Meet Us Monday - Greta Cunningham, Content Specialist

What is your position and role at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare? As a content specialist in the Communications and Advertising team...

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“My Body was Haunted” – Ali’s Recovery from Chronic Pain

When Ali Tokkesdal was still experiencing severe leg pain after several surgeries to repair a running injury, she felt like she had reached the...

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