Keeping Kids Healthy
The Twin Cities is home to a variety of world-class hospitals, specialty clinics, and other healthcare facilities for children.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
An independent, not-for-profit children’s health-care system with six metro-area locations, including St. Paul, 651-220-6000, childrensmn.org
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Headquarters in St. Paul, with clinics in six other locations, including Duluth and Brainerd, 800-719-4040, gillettechildrens.org
Mayo Clinic’s Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital and T. Denny Sanford Pediatric Center
General and specialty pediatric care, plus neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care in Rochester, 507-284-2511, 507-255-5123, mayoclinic.org/pediatrics-rst
Children’s Heart Clinic
Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons specializing in infants and children in Minneapolis and St. Paul, plus nine other locations, 612-813-8800, 651-220-8800, childrensheartclinic.org
Shriners Hospital for Children, Twin Cities
The Twin Cities location of the International Shriners Hospitals for Children, with specialties in pediatric orthopaedics and burn injuries, 612-596-6100, shrinershospitalsforchildren.org
Courage Center, Child and Teen Therapy
Four pediatric specialty locations in the metro for kids and teens with disabilities, 888-846-8253, couragecenter.org
Where To Find Special Needs Programs
Summer camps and year-round enrichment programs for kids with all kinds of needs exist in the Twin Cities. Consider St. David’s Center (stdavids.net) in Minnetonka, where inclusion is the philosophy. Students learn in integrated early-childhood programs and classrooms and on the state’s first toddler-specific playground that integrates nature.
The Courage Center (couragecenter.org) offers vocational services for teens with disabilities to help them identify career-related strengths and interests, as well as a college preview camp.
For more information on camps and activities for children with special needs, contact the Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Health Needs office at 800-728-5420, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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