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. 

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Gillette News

Maddy’s Life Without Barriers

“She’s a warrior,” says Rachelle Lavalier of her confident and spirited daughter, Maddy. “She doesn’t have any barriers,...

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The Brain, Electricity, and Neurodiagnostics

Editor’s note:  In celebration of Neurodiagnostics Week, we’re pleased to share a guest article from Sarah Larson, an...

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Hunter Overcomes Bullying with a Little Help from His Friends

What do you do when your child is afraid to go to school? When Stacy Soman’s son Hunter started being bullied consistently last year, this...

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Honoring Our Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

April 10 marked the beginning of national volunteer week, and as we reflect on all of the work done by Gillette volunteers over the course of the...

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Volunteer Ambassadors: Using “The Force” of Empathy to Improve the Patient Experience

Ed Jenkins has a special skill. While it’s not anything dramatic or over the top—Jenkins can’t move objects with his mind—it...

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Breaking New Ground in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

“Now is a very exciting time! Promising new research is underway for the treatment of muscular dystrophy,” neurologist Stephen Smith,...

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“We Did This to Better His Future”

Lindsay Osterhoudt held it together for as long as she could. But as the past four months culminated into one defining moment, the finality became too...

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How Rhizotomy Surgery Moved Christina Forward

When Derek Kademan bundles up his little girl, Christina, against the cold and places her into the green utility wagon for their daily walks,...

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Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy

When her daughter Sophia was diagnosed with cerebral palsy several months after her first birthday, Susan Slinkard found herself struck by a strange...

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Sorting Through a Childhood Diagnosis: 5 Tips for Parents

Every parent wants their child to be healthy, but that isn’t always the case. The reality is that as many as one in about 325 parents will have...

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Physicians Educate on Bones, Muscles and Joints at Annual Conference

At Gillette, we’re in the business of helping kids be their healthiest and happiest selves.  For me and my physician colleagues, this means...

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Pregnancy Infection Precautions, Tips to Keep Mothers at Ease

The arrival of the Zika virus in the U.S. has raised awareness of the hidden risk of viruses, particularly those that may cause problems for pregnant...

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