Go Thrive!

Twin Cities kids are healthier than most, but where do you turn when they're not?


“You can’t really beat what the Twin Cities has to offer for families.”
Abe Jacobs, pediatrician at University of Minnesota Medical Center, pictured with four of his seven kids near Afton State Park

Our children are healthy and hearty compared to other metropolitan areas and states—but when they’re not, our stellar pediatric health systems are there to help. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics is the largest pediatric health care provider in the upper Midwest, and the seventh largest in the nation. Gillette Children’s Hospital is committed to children with disabilities, including through its award-winning pediatric specialty clinics. The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital has the metro area’s widest range of pediatric specialists (the U of M trains two-thirds of our state’s pediatricians), and Shriners Hospital specializes in burn injuries, cleft lip and palate surgeries, and spinal cord injuries.


Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota

Minneapolis, 612-813-6000; St. Paul, 651-220-6000
Children’s handles more than 12,000 inpatient visits every year.

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Multiple locations
Focuses on providing care for kids with disabilities and complex conditions.

Park Nicollet

Multiple locations
Provides basic exams as well as many types of surgeries.

Pediatric Home Service

Roseville, 651-642-1825
All the resources needed to help kids thrive at home instead of a hospital.

Shriners Hospital for Children—Twin Cities

Minneapolis, 612-596-6100
A 40-bed orthopedic hospital, research, and teaching center.

St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

Minnetonka, 952-939-0396
Early childhood education, pediatric therapies, mental health services, and more.

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital

Minneapolis, 612-365-6777
Uniquely partnered with the U of M, it uses the latest university research in giving care.

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