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Pediatric Outcomes

Hennepin Healthcare is Minnesota’s premier Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and offers an unparalleled experience for critically injured children. Our outcomes are among the very best in the nation for pediatric trauma patients.

Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center = Better Outcomes

Little Lives. Big Futures. Extraordinary Care.

The Hennepin Healthcare Brain Injury Center and the Pediatric Brain Injury Program are nationally recognized for expertise in care for children with a mild concussion to severe brain injury.

Hennepin Healthcare is a leader in trauma education and injury prevention.

National Comparison Puts our PICU Outcomes Among the Very Best

Every year, Hennepin Healthcare submits information  about our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)  patients to a national database that analyzes clinical data and compares it with PICUs across the U.S.

Again this year, our TQIP and VPS results show that the outcomes in our Pediatric Trauma and PICU respectively, are among the very best in the country. The standardized mortality rate of patients in our PICU, located on the HCMC campus, is lower than average, meaning outcomes are better, despite the fact that patients in our PICU are often significantly sicker that patients cared for in the comparison group.

The Children's Hospital at HCMC offers comprehensive pediatric services and a pediatric emergency department prepared to care for children. We offer unique specialties such as a Traumatic Brain Center (and Pediatric Brain Injury Program), our Burn Center, emergency hyperbaric treatment and fracture care for all ages.

Little Lives. Big Futures. Extraordinary Care.

Designate to our Pediatric Trauma Fund


“Hennepin Healthcare has a long history of providing quality care to critically ill and injured children. Many of our trauma patients have a high degree of injury, but the coordinated care provided by all the specialty services contributes to exceptional outcomes for our patients.”
Donavon Hess, MD, Medical Director Pediatric Trauma, Hennepin Healthcare Trauma Services

“I am most proud of the patients that we’ve cared for whose potential we’ve helped restore. There is nothing better than seeing a child who was once near death, but now is full of joy and vitality visit our PICU with mom and dad just to say hello. This is why we do what we do.”
Andrew Kiragu, MD, Former Medical Director Pediatric ICU, Hennepin Healthcare Trauma Services