Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota recently highlighted the opening of the Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrated Medicine Clinic. The new 10,000-square-foot clinic is intended to provide medication and integrative, non-pharmaceutical therapies to children and teenagers. It features nine treatment rooms that offer a variety of healing and therapeutic elements for children with acute, chronic, and procedural pain, as well as life-limiting diseases.
Integrative, non-pharmaceutical therapies provided to patients by the clinic’s interdisciplinary clinical team include biofeedback, physical therapy, group therapy, massage, aroma therapy, and acupuncture. According to a news release from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the new clinic has the space and staffing to double its prior capacity to 5,000 annual clinic visits, which will reduce waiting lists of patients referred from throughout the region.
Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, medical director of the department of pain medicine, palliative care, and integrative medicine at Children’s emphasizes the team’s commitment to preventing and treating pain sustained by children in a medical setting.
“Thanks in large part to the generosity of Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher, our team now has a remarkable new home where it can do its healing work…. It’s an extraordinary step forward as we look to advance pain and symptom management care for kids in our community and beyond,” Friedrichsdorf says.
The release reports that there are more than 8 million children missing school each year as a result of severe pain and 50,000 children die in pain annually in the US.
Source: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota