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Children's Health

Spring 2014

First, do no harm

jCommunication is key to avoiding costly medical errors, says University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital chief medical officer Abraham Jacob, M.D. (right), here with fourth-year medicine-pediatrics resident Aaron Graumann, M.D. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

U’s children’s hospital leads the charge for patient safety

Sameer Gupta, M.D., has a passion for tending to sick kids. A critical care physician at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Gupta deals with tough situations every day, fighting diseases that have brought youngsters into the hospital—the scariest of places for worried parents. But what those parents don’t see is how hard Gupta works behind the scenes to prevent already sick kids from getting sicker—from what medical professionals call “hospital-acquired conditions.”

The power of one

Julia Berg’s parents hope that her photo will be a palpable reminder of the importance of avoiding medical mistakes.

When 15-year-old Julia Berg died of massive internal bleeding at another hospital in 2005, the tragedy left her parents, Dan Berg and Welcome Jerde, and her sister, Hannah, reeling. But more bad news was yet to come: Julia’s death could have been prevented.

Rebuilding a spine

Ten-year-old Aulana Hulbert is feeling much more comfortable after two spinal surgeries to lengthen her spine and make more room for her abdominal organs. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

An innovative surgical procedure by a University physician gives a young girl better health—and a better life

If you think somebody who lacks backbone lacks gumption, you haven’t met Aulana Hulbert. The 10-year-old Nebraskan girl doesn’t have the use of her legs but learned how to get around by walking on her hands. And all because she lacks a backbone—at least a complete one.

Not just for kids anymore

Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center pediatric program director Terri Laguna, M.D., finds joy in seeing her patients thrive.

Though she’s competitive, Terri Laguna, M.D., didn’t mind when one of her 12-year-old patients “smoked” her in a 5K race last year. That’s because, despite having cystic fibrosis (CF), Tanner—who also plays hockey—is obviously thriving. And nothing could make Laguna happier.

Buy your tickets today for WineFest No. 19

WineFest No. 19 art, The New Frontier, by celebrity portrait artist Anthony R. Whelihan

University of Minnesota pediatric physicians and researchers are illuminating discovery, fostering hope and healing for children and their families when they need it most. Join us to celebrate U of M advances in children’s health at WineFest No. 19—A Toast to Children’s Health on May 9 and 10 at the Depot in Minneapolis.


Through research, Michael Verneris, M.D., and his University colleagues have proven themselves pioneers in the therapeutic use of the stem cells found in even small amounts of umbilical cord blood. “That’s going to save someone’s life,” he says of

Previously discarded as medical waste, blood gathered from the placenta and umbilical cord after childbirth holds potential for treating deadly and debilitating diseases. Now, as more centers are beginning to collect and bank this valuable blood, University of Minnesota researchers and clinicians are at the forefront of developing its promise.

A new but familiar name

(Photo: Brady Willette)

The University of Minnesota Foundation announced in March that donor Caroline Amplatz had fulfilled her pledged gifts for pediatric care, education, and research early and was relinquishing naming rights to the University’s children’s hospital, creating an opportunity for another donor.

Dancing the night away

Photo by Nate Gotlieb, Minnesota Daily

The Unlimited Dance Marathon on February 22 and 23, combined with donations that students and student athletes collected at 14 sporting events throughout the course of the academic year, raised more than $32,000 for University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

Another place to play

(Image courtesy of Flagship Recreation)

As partnerships go, this one’s a slam dunk. It began with a $100,000 gift last summer from Sport Ngin to build the Sport Ngin Sport Court alongside the Sullivan Playground on the front lawn of University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. Today, Sport Ngin employees are so fired up about the Sport Court and what it might mean for young patients that they’re making a full-court press to host a monthly basketball tournament there.

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