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Allina Health and Children's Minnesota open Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 3/10/2016  Children's Minnesota and Allina Health announced today the opening of the new Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center located at The Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis between Children's Minnesota and Abbott Northwestern hospitals. The new 6,700-square-foot clinic is the first and largest advanced fetal care center in the Upper Midwest and one of only a few in the country.

The clinic was made possible in part by a $1 million named gift by Minnesota attorney and Children's Foundation past chair, Mike Ciresi, and his wife Ann. It opens on March 14th.

The new facility will be co-located with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, one of the largest perinatal groups in the United States. Minnesota Perinatal Physicians' highly trained maternal and fetal specialists continuously pursue advanced training to better serve the region.

"This beautiful new space allows us to better welcome the families we have the privilege of treating," said David Lynch-Salamon, MD, Midwest Fetal Care Center medical director and a member of Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. "High-risk pregnancies can be very complex, but our multidisciplinary clinical team is dedicated to providing individualized and advanced care to each woman, pregnancy and family."

 The new Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center is expected to attract top talent from across the nation, beginning with the hire of Joseph Lillegard, MD, PhD, as research director and pediatric surgeon. Dr. Lillegard joined the Midwest Fetal Care Center team in July 2015 to advance the launch of the center's open fetal surgery program.

"As part of our continued commitment to reaching the highest possible standards in health care, this new state-of-the-art facility will launch us into the next frontier in fetal health," said Brad Feltis, MD, PhD, Midwest Fetal Care Center surgical director. "With the combination of the new facility, innovative technology, clinical research and world-class clinicians, we can provide services to families and their unborn children coming from across the region and the country."

The new Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center offers the latest technology and treatments in congenital conditions and abnormalities in unborn infants during high-risk pregnancies. From evaluation and diagnosis to fetal surgery and follow-up care, teams of experts across a multitude of specialties will have a collaborative space to work together and offer unparalleled coordination of care, all in one place. This unique, multidisciplinary approach helps ensure patients have seamless access to care every step of the way and allows for unified care plans that yield exceptional outcomes.

"Our neonatal survival outcomes are already among the best in the U.S.," continued Dr. Feltis. "We have some of the lowest rates of post-operative complications, and the lowest rate of surgical complications in premature babies in the nation. We were also the first in the region to establish a comprehensive fetoscopic laser ablation program for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. In the next few years, we expect to see not only continued improvement in outcomes, but to also discover new, unprecedented techniques and procedures that will help revolutionize fetal care in the Midwest and the nation."  

About Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center

The Midwest Fetal Care Center was formally established in 2008 as a collaboration between Children's Minnesota, Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, along with Pediatric Surgical Associates and other consulting subspecialists for the diagnosis, consultation and treatment of fetuses with developmental abnormalities. It is the first and largest advanced fetal care program in the Upper Midwest. Abbott Northwestern and Minnesota Perinatal Physicians are part of Allina Health.

About Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been a health care provider and innovator in Minneapolis for more than 130 years. Part of Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern has retained its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota for eight consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 best hospital rankings. In addition, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.

About Children's Minnesota

Children's Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children's Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites.

Children's Minnesota maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children's health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region.

An award-winning health system, Children's Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children's hospital. Please visit