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Pediatrics at Fairview Ridges Hospital

When your child needs medical attention or counseling, Fairview Ridges Hospital is available 24/7 with the most advanced pediatric care in the Minnesota River Valley.

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  • Top-quality emergency care. We have the only pediatric emergency service south of the Minnesota River and treat about 12,000 kids each year. Our emergency room physicians and nurses have received additional training in pediatric emergency care.
  • Treatment for basic to advanced needs. We specialize in caring for children suffering from ailments such as high fever, complex surgery, vomiting, asthma and concussions, and those with general, urologic and orthopedic surgical needs.
  • A personal touch. The role of our Child-Family Life specialists is to minimize the anxiety or fear your child (and parents!) might feel at the hospital. Staff work with your family to understand your child’s unique needs, including children with specialized medical conditions
  • Kid-friendly care. We offer a pre-surgery tour program for families of children who are scheduled for surgery at Fairview Ridges Hospital. Our goal is to alleviate fears and provide comfort.
     
Partners in care
Your child will directly benefit from highly specialized academic medicine and research that comes from our unique partnership with University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. University of Minnesota hospitalists, pediatricians solely focused on caring for children and infants in the hospital provide care 24/7 at Fairview Ridges Hospital. No other hospital in the Minnesota River Valley offers such a high level of specialized care.

Renovated pediatric unit now open!
To help provide state-of-the-art medicine in a family-friendly setting, we remodeled treat the unique needs of kids. New larger, private patient rooms were added to provide a comfortable environment for families to help their child heal.
More than treatment
Services available at Fairview Ridges Hospital go beyond simple treatment for illness and injury. We provide comprehensive services that treat the whole child and family, and not just the condition. We pride ourselves in providing a safe, compassionate and caring environment.

Programs that we provide include:

Pediatric hospitalists
Pediatric hospitalists are primary care physicians who specialize in caring for pediatric patients solely in the hospital. Because of this, hospitalists have more experience in caring for complex pediatric medical conditions. The expertise of our 10 pediatric hospitalists helps them to recognize and diagnose unusual disorders, anticipate problems and rapidly respond to crises or changes in a young patient's condition.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
When babies need more specialized care, the newly renovated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Fairview Ridges Hospital provides personalized, family-centered care. As one of only five percent of U.S. hospitals with a NICU, our Level III NICU is equipped to care for infants born at 30 weeks gestation and above. The Fairview Ridges unit is staffed around the clock with neonatal nurse practitioners working in tandem with a team of neonatologists from University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Emergency Care
Fairview Ridges Hospital treats about 12,000 pediatric patients in our Emergency Department each year. We are the only pediatric emergency service in the Minnesota River Valley.

Pediatric Rehabilitation
Infants, children and teens have unique rehabilitation needs. Our therapists are trained to evaluate and care for children at all stages of development from neonatal to age 17. We use the most up-to-date tests and measures to help your child develop, improve or regain skills in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Child-Family Life Services
Child-Family Life Specialists at Fairview Ridges Hospital work with kids and their families to make their hospital experience more comfortable and stress free as possible. The team helps children cope with hospitalization and painful medical procedures. Through therapeutic play, preparation and age-appropriate language, we help children and families cope with fears or concerns about hospitalization. We offer activities that reduce stress, increase socialization and promote healing and recovery.

Pediatric Specialty Care in Burnsville
The Specialty Clinic for Children – Burnsville together with University of Minnesota Physicians pediatric specialists provides comprehensive, coordinated care for infants, children, teens and young adults. They work together to treat the special medical and emotional needs of young patients and their families.

Care Team

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

Patient Stories

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Josh — Emergency appendectomy

Josh's mom describes her 13-year-old son as "stoic," so she knew something was wrong when he was experiencing severe abdominal pain. But the compassionate team at Fairview Ridges Hospital helped calm her fears. After an emergency appendectomy, Josh was back at school within a few days.
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