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

Personal Experience Drives New Speech-Language Pathology Specialist

Graham Schenck knows what it’s like to have a speech issue. As a child he had a mild stutter and worked with a speech therapist in his...

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Rett Study Holds Promise for Girls Like Kira

“You’re a world changer,” Patty Mevis often tells her 10-year-old daughter, Kira.  Kira has Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental...

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Infographic: Life After an Epilepsy Diagnosis

When a child is diagnosed with epilepsy, it is natural for a flood of emotions to surface. Families may worry if epilepsy will change their...

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Why Rehabilitation Accreditations Matter for Patients, Families

“We focus on restoring children and families to health. Maybe it’s a new state of health or a new normal. We want them to experience...

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Holiday Travel Tips for Children Who Have Special Needs

‘Tis the season to be jolly but that can be a tall order when you’re dealing with holiday travel. Airports are crowded, security lines...

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Walker Overcomes Craniosynostosis

On a bright September day, Candice Surcey arrives at the Minnesota Zoo with her 7-month old son, Walker. As Walker takes in the zoo’s...

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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...

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

When Stacey Hines learned that her family’s favorite Gillette nurse had won a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award, she was thrilled....

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

"This is my son Mateo. He was born with a brain injury, and as he grew developed cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and was treated for infantile spasms....

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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. A brief inconvenience that pops in and out of our lives from...

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Krista Horning Works at Gillette “To Give Back”

As a therapy support aide at the Gillette Burnsville Clinic, Krista Horning keeps the rehabilitation therapy areas safe and clean for patients. But...

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“Facetime” With Your Doctor through Telemedicine

Ava Hausmann still remembers her first appointment with Gillette orthopedic surgeon Tom Novacheck, MD. But it’s not the clinical dialogue or...

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