Who We Are
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is an independent not-for-profit health system specializing in treating children who have complex conditions, rare disorders and traumatic injuries. Our experienced clinical staff collaborates to treat patients who have complex medical needs. This expertise makes us a resource and partner for health systems across Minnesota, America and countries across the globe.
Why We’re Different
At Gillette, we focus care on conditions affecting the brain, bones, and movement. Gillette provides specialty care to patients whose conditions include:
- Complex conditions such as limb differences, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, hydrocephalus and muscular dystrophy.
- Rare disorders such as proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), osteogenisis imperfecta, Rett syndrome, and spinal muscular atrophy.
- Traumatic injuries resulting in amputations or including spinal cord injuries, severe brain injuries, complex or acute fractures and sports-related soft tissue injuries.
Whether our patients need long-term treatment for a chronic condition or disability, or short-term care to help them through an immediate health issue, Gillette can help. Because we understand and treat the rarest and most complex conditions, we’re experts at treating less severe cases as well. The high level of clinical expertise our providers bring to Gillette has helped us build a complete system of care around these core conditions.
The Gillette Care Model
The Gillette care model differentiates us from other healthcare systems. Our providers’ focused expertise in specialty care enables them to work in tandem with families, anticipating and meeting patients’ needs. This creates trusting and long-term relationships between families and care teams, as many patients we serve have lifelong medical needs.
Gillette clinicians take pediatric care to the next level. They have advanced education and comprehensive training in the care of medically complex children, and many are regarded as leaders in their fields. Specialty-care providers, including prosthetist-orthotists, from around the U.S. are attracted to Gillette for the opportunity to work with colleagues in their field, further bolstering our expertise. Additionally, our National Commission on Orthotic Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Pediatric Residency Programs are highly regarded and sought after throughout the US for providing exceptional training.
Patients Come First
Safety: We collaborate with 130+ children’s hospitals nationwide as a Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) member. In 2018, SPS granted us “Navigator” status for our patient safety achievements. Gillette is one of only 13 of the 130+ SPS hospitals to hold this designation. We also are accredited by the Joint Commission, which ensure high standards for patient safety continue to be maintained.
Quality: We’re the only Twin Cities hospital to have both a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center accreditation and a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-accredited pediatric specialty program. We’re the only pediatric hospital in the Midwest and the first hospital in Minnesota to partner with the Amputee Coalition to improve patient care.
Research: Gillette’s research focuses on translating medical advances into our care model to benefit our patient population of patients by improving treatments, care and outcomes. Members of our Prosthetics Clinic team has published multiple articles about prosthetic care and innovation for the betterment of patients nationwide.
Excellence: Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit holds the prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
We’re the First…
Specialty hospital. Founded in 1897, Gillette is the nation’s first hospital specifically dedicated to treating children who have disabilities.
Pediatric Trauma center. Gillette partners with Regions Hospital to run Minnesota’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center for critically injured children and teens, including those with injuries resulting in amputation.
Gait analysis. Gillette is the first accredited gait and motion analysis center in the country, according to the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation. We’ve received multiple “best paper” awards from internationally renowned gait analysis organizations
Our Prosthetics Clinic, located in St. Paul, focuses on providing a multi-disciplinary team approach to family-centered care for complex pediatric conditions. We provide care to patients with congenital limb differences (from birth) and those with acquired amputations (from an accident or disease). Our prosthetists, orthopedists, physiatrists, nurses, and physical and/or occupational therapists collaborate to provide children the best possible care.
We are a leading Minnesota provider of prosthetic limbs for children and teens. At Gillette, your child works with prosthetists, certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), who collaborate with orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation medicine physicians, therapists, nurses and other experts to provide comprehensive care. We integrate the most innovative prosthetic technology and treatments to help your child or teen achieve their full potential.