Thanksgiving celebrations include large meals with family. Safe food handling in the kitchen is a key part to preventing food poisoning mishaps. To keep your friends and family safe during this holiday, the Minnesota Poison Control System at Hennepin County Medical Center has a few suggestions. Continue reading
Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS), the public subsidiary corporation that operates Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and MVNA have signed an agreement to integrate their operations, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
MVNA is a provider of specialized services including home healthcare, community palliative care, family health services and other specialty home-based and community health services. Through its subsidiary, Hospice of the Twin Cities (HOTC), MVNA provides hospice services as well. Last year, MVNA and HOTC provided more than 80,000 visits to almost 19,000 clients. Continue reading
Tuesday, November 4, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Purple/Red Skyway at HCMC
How does Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) work to advance health equity and address the health needs of its community? Information about the programs and partnerships created to address community health needs will be available for review at a Community Health Open House on Tuesday, November 4 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Purple/Red Skyway at HCMC’s downtown campus.
Patients, employees, visitors, and community members are invited to attend the Open House and talk to HCMC staff about community health planning and initiatives for the coming year. Additionally, HCMC staff will be on hand to hear what the community has to say about HCMC’s 2015 Health Services Plan. The Health Services Plan describes the health needs of the community and HCMC’s role in meeting those needs. This year’s report details how HCMC will work to advance health equity while supporting improvement in maternal and child health; mental health; and nutrition, obesity and physical activity.
The Health Services Plan is available online at http://www.hcmc.org/about/community-involvement, or anyone can request a copy by calling 612.873.9516.
St. Anthony Village Children Join Safe Kids of Hennepin County and FedEx on International Walk to School Day October 8, 2014
Safe Kids of Hennepin County (Hennepin County Medical Center) and FedEx volunteers will be participating in the International Walk to School day on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety. More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn safe walking skills and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments.
The team of volunteers from the school and FedEx will be teaching the kids at Wilshire Park Elementary School (3600 Highcrest Road, St. Anthony, MN ) about safe walking that morning. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. children from the neighborhoods surrounding the school will form a “Walking School Bus” and pick-up walkers along the way. They will be greeted by emergency vehicles as well as the schools and hospital’s mascots in the parking lot of Elmwood Church (located behind the school at 3615 Chelmsford Rd) for a photo and then head into the school.
Julie Philbrook, Safe Kids of Hennepin County Coordinator, emphasizes the importance of showing children how to walk safely. “Our children learn by mimicking what they see. By walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show them how to make good choices when it comes to safety.”
In 2000, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities. Safe Kids and FedEx address the issue through research, physical improvements to school zones, and education and awareness campaigns throughout the year, such as International Walk to School Day.
About Safe Kids of Hennepin County
Safe Kids of Hennepin County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. The Coalition is led by Hennepin County Medical Center. For more information, contact Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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HCMC has a comprehensive plan in place if a patient presents with symptoms
As a Level I Trauma Center, Regional Hospital Resource Center and leader in emergency preparedness planning, Hennepin County Medical Center routinely prepares and exercises its emergency response procedures for disasters, infectious disease outbreaks (due to bioterrorism or natural events), and other types of emergency situations.
Just hours before the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, staff at HCMC conducted a comprehensive, 4-hour exercise to simulate the care of a patient with Ebola symptoms from the clinic all the way through to the ICU, including transportation by ambulance to the emergency department.
“While we already have comprehensive plans in place to handle Ebola and any type of infectious disease, we wanted to make sure we did a run-through of our procedures from start to finish,” explains Mary Ellen Bennett, MPH, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention and Employee Occupational Health.
“Our staff are trained in the early recognition of infections and what actions they should take if they see a suspicious case, and we have protocols in place to protect staff, patients, and visitors. The exercise confirmed that we are prepared to isolate and care for patients with symptoms of Ebola.”
Careful screening is the key to identifying or ruling out any patient who may be showing signs of Ebola. That’s why any patient seeking care who has a fever is being asked if they have traveled, and if they had contact with someone who was ill. This type of screening is the first step in helping caregivers identify risk factors. Screening and careful isolation practices are essential in preventing the spread of Ebola.
“We hope that no Minnesotans become ill with this virus,” said Bennett. “But we know that HCMC is prepared if they come here for care.”
(Photo credit: Alvin Sangma Photography)
Congratulations to the 61 Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) providers who were selected as “Best Doctors” by their peers and recognized in the October 2014 issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine. HCMC’s Best Doctors are listed in 38 different specialty categories. For more information about each physician, go to www.hcmc.org/providers. Continue reading
The Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Department of Emergency Medicine will be conducting a medical research study starting in Fall 2014. The purpose of this press release is to educate and notify the public of the study. This study is different than most other research studies because it involves a process called exception from informed consent. Continue reading