Dr. Keith Henry: 30 years of HIV/AIDS care

Dr. Keith Henry

Dr. Keith Henry

January 2015 marks the 30th year of caring for patients with HIV/AIDS for Dr. Keith Henry of HCMC’s Positive Care Clinic. Since those early days he’s seen a dramatic change in treatment options and survival, including the introduction of highly effective – and often simple HIV medications – that can control HIV growth and generally prevent AIDS-related disease and death.

“These new medications, along with effective prevention and the development of multidisciplinary outpatient care teams have made a tremendous difference in the management and survival of patients with HIV,” explains Dr. Henry. “As a physician and researcher, seeing how these advances in HIV treatment and prevention have changed the lives of my patients is very rewarding,” says Dr. Henry. “The early years were very tough with many young people suffering a series of devastating complications of AIDS generally ending in their death. At times it was almost overwhelming.” Continue reading

Dr. Rick Odland named Chief of Otolaryngology

Dr. Rick Odland

Dr. Rick Odland

Rick Odland, MD, PhD, FACS, was selected as the new Chief of Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Department of Otolaryngology. He replaces Dr. Robert Maisel, who is stepping down from this role.

Dr. Odland is an active clinician, teacher and researcher. He has been on the medical staff at HCMC since 1995, has served as medical director of the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic since 1997, and has been the assistant chief of the Department of Otolaryngology since 2013.  Dr. Odland has served on the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology since 2009 and has been on that organization’s board of directors since 2005.

 

 

Nobody plans to get frostbite

Last winter, HCMC’s Burn Center treated a record number of patients with frostbite injury. In an “average” year, the Burn Center cares for about 25 patients with frostbite requiring hospitalization. In 2014, more than 200 patients were admitted for care.

Dr. Ryan Fey

Dr. Ryan Fey

“It was one of the coldest winters in the past 30 years, so it’s no surprise that we saw an increase in frostbite injuries,” explains burn surgeon and critical care specialist Dr. Ryan Fey. “Obviously, the key is to avoid exposure to extreme cold temperatures. That means staying indoors when it’s cold, and if you have to be outdoors for any length of time, making sure you dress appropriately to stay warm – even if it’s just a run to the mailbox or from your house to your car.” Continue reading

Holidays, Kids, and Medicine: Safety tips

Medication Safety Tips From the Minnesota Poison Control System

Poison HelpAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, over 60,000 children are seen in emergency departments annually due to accessing and ingesting medication.

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For your convenience – extended clinic hours

Just in time for the holidays!

Several of HCMC’s clinics are now offering extended hours of operation – so don’t let an illness or injury keep you away from loved ones this busy holiday season. Call 612.873.6963 to schedule an appointment.

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Clinic Extended Hours of Operation
Brooklyn Park Clinic Monday/Wednesday, 8 am-7 pm
East Lake Clinic Monday/Wednesday, 8 am-7 pm
Internal Medicine at Parkside Monday/Wednesday , 8 am-6 pm & Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 7 am-5 pm
OB/Gyn Clinic Thursday, 8 am-8 pm
Pediatric Clinic Monday-Thursday, 8 am-8 pm
Saturday, 8 am-Noon
Richfield Clinic Monday-Thursday, 8 am-8 pm
Whittier Clinic Monday-Thursday, 8 am-8:30 pm
Saturday, 8 am-Noon

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk “turkey” safety

71554075Thanksgiving 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 to integrate with MVNA

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