HCMC plans to expand its downtown campus

Hennepin County Medical Center will build a new 322,000 square foot clinic and specialty center that will expand its downtown Minneapolis campus to meet the growing need for outpatient care and specialty services.

The Hennepin County Board approved spending $10 million to acquire property near the main campus in downtown Minneapolis, directly across from the Emergency Department on 8th St., between Park and Chicago Aves. The total cost of the new building, including the land, and relocation of a helipad, will be approximately $191 million to be financed through the sale of bonds.

“First and foremost this new facility will improve the experience for our patients,” said Jon Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. “Right now our primary care and specialty care clinics downtown are spread across nine buildings that we own or lease. Bringing them together into one building will make it more convenient for our patients and more efficient for our staff.”

The new building will include primary care clinics, specialty clinics and outpatient surgery facilities. It would open in 2016. Continue reading

New colon cancer tests can’t replace colonoscopy

Cancer and precancerous diseases identified, treated during procedure

469902151New tests for colon cancer continue to make headlines – but colonoscopy is the only procedure that can both test for cancer and remove precancerous polyps at the same time. Continue reading

Sleeping for Success

139247666We’re tired, so we sleep. But is sleep always a response to fatigue, or can we be more strategic about it? Dr. Imran Khawaja, Medical Director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin County Medical Center, explains why we should consider “sleeping for success.”

“We know that sleep improves cognition,” says Dr. Khawaja. “If someone is a good sleeper, he or she tends to have better alertness, thinking and concentration during the daytime. This means that they will perform better, and if they are learning something, they will understand concepts better and be able to apply them to their careers. They will have more energy to take care of things and be more efficient. All of these benefits ultimately translate into being more successful.” Continue reading

Golden Valley Clinic is open!

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Starting Monday, March 31, 2014 there’s a new choice for primary care in the Golden Valley area at Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Golden Valley Clinic, conveniently located in the Spring Gate Shopping Center at 5653 Duluth St. Continue reading

Brian J. Ranallo appointed to HHS Board

Brian J. Ranallo

Brian J. Ranallo is the newest member named to the Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS), Inc. board of directors, which operates Hennepin County Medical Center and its clinic services.

Mr. Ranallo is a financial services professional with more than 20 years of diverse experience having held senior management roles with responsibilities for sales, operations, risk management, strategic planning and financial reporting.

As the Chief Operating Officer for Oak Grove Capital, a commercial real estate lender, he is responsible for credit risk underwriting, asset management, performance reporting and corporate services functions. Before joining Oak Grove Capital Mr. Ranallo was an investment banker and member of the Senior Management Committee for Piper Jaffray, a Minneapolis based investment banking firm.

Mr. Ranallo is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and has previously served on non-profit and private company boards.

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. operates Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis and primary care clinics in Minneapolis on East Lake Street and in the Whittier Neighborhood and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Richfield, and St. Anthony, as well as a retail clinic in the Walmart store in Bloomington.

Dr. Jim Miner named Chief of Emergency Medicine

Dr. James Miner

Dr. Jim Miner

Dr. Jim Miner has been selected to be Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) new Chief of Emergency Medicine. He takes over duties from retiring Chief Dr. Joseph Clinton, who recently stepped down after serving in the position for more than 21 years.

“I’m honored and excited to be chosen for the role of chief of Emergency Medicine,” said Dr. Miner. “It’s a big job with a lot of challenges, but I feel really confident and enthusiastic about where is department is headed and our ability to adapt to the future.”

After graduating from East High School in Duluth, Minnesota, Dr. Miner earned his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at HCMC, and joined HCMC’s Emergency Department staff in 1999. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has been serving as the Research Director in the department and as HCMC’s Associate Medical Director for Physician Development.

HCMC is a national leader in Emergency Medicine with a history of providing state-of-the-art care and outstanding teaching. Dr. Miner is committed to keeping HCMC at the cutting edge of clinical practice, research and education.

IMG_1264“We want to continue to expand our department’s role in providing the best care possible to our patients, and in keeping them at the center of our focus,” he explains. “We also want to build on our current research efforts to continue to advance the science of Emergency Medicine.”

Dr. Miner’s many interests include research in the areas of pain management and procedural sedation in the Emergency Department, as well as the effects of poverty on patients.

Even when he can, Dr. Miner rarely slows down. He’s an avid cross-country skier and coach for the Minnesota Youth Ski League, and all three of his children play hockey. During the winter months, Dr. Miner and his wife, Stephanie, often spend time driving from one sports event to another.

“I guess I enjoy keeping a fast pace,” he explains, “wearing skis just makes it more fun.”

Throughout 2014, HCMC is celebrating its 25th year as Minnesota’s first Level I Trauma Center. A comprehensive academic medical center and public teaching hospital with the largest emergency department in the state, HCMC offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care. In addition to the 462-bed acute care hospital and primary care and specialty clinics located in downtown Minneapolis, HCMC offers primary care clinics in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.

Cancer Center receives STAR Program® Certification

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) announced today that it has earned its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care.  HCMC Comprehensive Cancer Center is leading the way by offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients by becoming STAR Program Certified.

STAR Program Certification uniquely qualifies facilities like the HCMC Comprehensive Cancer Center to offer premium cancer rehabilitation and survivorship services to people who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by treatments.

To receive its certification, HCMC Cancer Center implemented the STAR Program which involves training clinicians and focusing on improving patient care outcomes. The healthcare services offered by the STAR Program are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare, and will be offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff that is specially trained to work with survivors of all forms of cancer.

The multidisciplinary group includes the medical director of PM&R, advanced practice providers, nurses, physical therapists and lymphedema specialists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitian, social work, and exercise trainer.  The collaborative group will be one of the first multidisciplinary STAR Programs in the state of Minnesota.

They will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life.

Syndal Ortman, RN

Syndal Ortman, RN

“We pursued grant funding to cover the cost of the training for 25 participants as part of our Survivorship program.  Being awarded the full amount not only validated our belief that there has been a gap in care for our patients, but it also provided organizational support for our cancer survivors.  We’re very excited to be able to fill the gap and offer these services,” Syndal Ortman, RN, DNP, HCMC Survivorship & Cancer Rehab Program Director.

STAR Program Certification provides hospitals and cancer centers with the tools needed to quickly and effectively implement high quality survivorship services.

About the STAR Program The STAR Program is a best practices multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation service-line model that improves patient care. STAR Program Certification provides healthcare facilities and clinicians with the tools (education,  training, evaluation and treatment protocols, and outcomes support) to develop and deliver state-of-the-art cancer rehabilitation services to survivors who suffer the side effects and after effects of treatments – whether they are in remission, living with cancer or cured. All of the services integrated in the STAR Program, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and consultations with rehabilitation medicine physicians (physiatrists), are typically covered by health insurance. Learn more at www.OncologyRehabPartners.com.