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Why I’m Here: For My Sister, for My Patients

Why I’m Here: For My Sister, for My Patients

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Posted On: Dec 8, 2016
When I work with my patients, something that comes out over time is that I understand the profound stress and anxiety that can come with caring for a child who has complex medical needs. I know this because I’ve devoted my career to working with patients who have disabilities, but also because I’ve lived it. Read more »
Personal Experience Drives New Speech-Language Pathology Specialist
Dec 7, 2016

Personal Experience Drives New Speech-Language Pathology Specialist

His personal experience in speech therapy as a child helps Graham Schenck connect with patients. He's a new speech-language pathology specialist at Gillette and enjoys working with kids who have cleft lip and palate.
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Rett Study Holds Promise for Girls Like Kira
Dec 1, 2016

Rett Study Holds Promise for Girls Like Kira

A Phase II study (NNZ-2566) of a drug called Trofinetide has potential to minimize the symptoms of Rett syndrome. Learn more and meet one family who is dedicated to moving Rett syndrome research forward.
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Infographic: Life After an Epilepsy Diagnosis
Nov 28, 2016

Infographic: Life After an Epilepsy Diagnosis

If your child is diagnosed with epilepsy, know that you're not alone. Take a look at this infographic for details on how more than 450,000 U.S. children are living fulfilling and happy lives with the condition.
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Why Rehabilitation Accreditations Matter for Patients, Families
Nov 21, 2016

Why Rehabilitation Accreditations Matter for Patients, Families

The Gillette inpatient rehabilitation program recently received renewed accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. For the first time, we also received accreditation for our pediatric brain injury specialty program. Read about the meaning behind these honors.
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Holiday Travel Tips for Children Who Have Special Needs
Nov 18, 2016

Holiday Travel Tips for Children Who Have Special Needs

Parents traveling with family members who have a disability or special need are often dealing with extra issues and concerns. During the holidays airports are crowded, security lines long and traffic is snarled. Preparation and knowledge are the keys to decreasing stress and getting rid of your bah humbug.
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Walker Overcomes Craniosynostosis
Nov 15, 2016

Walker Overcomes Craniosynostosis

When Walker's parents and pediatrician became concerned about the shape of his head, their questions led to a diagnosis of craniosynostosis. Learn how a new surgical technique eliminated the need for a blood transfusion during Walker's craniosynostosis surgery.
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Emmy Makes Comeback After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor
Nov 11, 2016

Emmy Makes Comeback After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

Small, gregarious, brimming with boundless energy and a mischievous smile, 4-year-old Emmy Veenis is the type of kid people tend to remember. But Emmy started having headaches.
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Nurse of the Year Honorees Point to Patients, Colleagues as Inspiration
Nov 8, 2016

Nurse of the Year Honorees Point to Patients, Colleagues as Inspiration

The Nurse of the Year Award recognizes Minnesota nurses in 16 different specialties for exemplary leadership, skills and dedication. Learn about the incredible Gillette nurses who received this year's recognition.
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The Journey of Mateo Arcos: Hope, Love and Cerebral Palsy
Nov 2, 2016

The Journey of Mateo Arcos: Hope, Love and Cerebral Palsy

As he ambles down a long hospital hallway, smiling with every step and practically daring you to do the same, it can be pretty easy to forget that this wasn't supposed happen. Mateo Arcos was never supposed to walk.
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International Research Collaboration Between Hospitals Helps Treat Children Who Have Chronic Pain
Oct 26, 2016

International Research Collaboration Between Hospitals Helps Treat Children Who Have Chronic Pain

Pain affects all aspects of life, but for many of us, it’s an abstract concept. But, for a moment, imagine what it would feel like to experience chronic pain for an entire month. Start with that, but now expand it out to a year—or maybe even, every day of your life.
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