Center for Hyperbaric Medicine re-accredited “with distinction”

Hyperbaric chamber at HCMC

Hyperbaric chamber at HCMC

Congratulations to the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine for recently achieving re-accreditation “with distinction” from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS)!

In addition to being the accrediting agency for hyperbaric chambers recognized by The Joint Commission, the UHMS is the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide.

HCMC’s 2-day survey took place in March and included over 600 checkpoints for the program, resulting in re-accreditation “with distinction” which means the program can be called a “Center of Excellence.”

HCMC has the only multi-chamber hyperbaric oxygen facility in the region that’s used for 24/7 emergency treatment of critically ill patients: usually victims of carbon monoxide exposure or life-threatening infections, but also cerebral gas embolism and decompression sickness (“the bends”).

Congratulations to everyone on the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine team for this excellent achievement!

UCare honors HCMC for delivering high-quality care

HCMC was recently recognized for achieving outstanding results in UCare’s 2013 quality programs

HCMC's Scott Wordelman and Dr. Jon Pryor accepted the award from UCare officials.

Pictured L to R: Scott Wordelman, HCMC VP of Ambulatory Administration; Dr. Jon Pryor, HCMC CEO; Dr. Russ Kuzel, UCare Chief Medical Officer; and Nancy Feldman, UCare CEO

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) was recently honored for delivering high-quality care to UCare’s Medicaid members at UCare’s sixth annual “A Salute to Excellence!” event on June 17. HCMC was one of 25 health care systems and clinics to be recognized for either for earning quality excellence awards in UCare’s 2013 Pay for Performance (P4P) program or for going the extra mile to deliver culturally responsible health services to UCare members and to reduce barriers to care for people with disabilities.

 

 

 

HCMC program recognized by America’s Essential Hospitals

HCMC recognized for work to improve health in the Latino community

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has been recognized by America’s Essential Hospitals for its work to reduce health disparities for Latino youth through culturally sensitive, integrated care.

America’s Essential Hospitals, a national organization representing hospitals committed to high-quality care for all people, including the vulnerable, awarded HCMC a 2014 Gage Award honorable mention for population health.

“Health care disparities among minority and other underserved populations is a persistent problem that requires creative solutions, such as those at Hennepin County Medical Center,” said America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH.

The Gage Awards, named after association founder Larry Gage, honor and share successful and creative programs that improve patient care and meet community needs. The Gage Award for population health recognizes activities that improve delivery, access, or value for specific populations in the recipient’s community and, as a result, have improved health outcomes. Last year HCMC’s  Coordinated Care Center was recognized for improving population health.

HCMC’s Aqui Para Ti (APT)/Here for You program is a family centered, clinic-based youth development program that seeks to reduce health disparities for Latino youth using a culturally sensitive, bicultural, bilingual, integrated approach. Among other achievements, upon completion of the Beck Depression Inventory – a rating inventory that measures characteristic attitudes and symptoms of depression – APT patients exhibited significantly fewer depressive symptoms at their final assessment than at their initial assessment, and those with scores of depression achieved a statistically and clinically relevant improvement at follow-up.

“HCMC is a national leader in population health management because of programs like Aqui Para Ti that are created with the community, not for the community,” said HCMC CEO Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA. “Dr. Svetaz and her team have developed an approach that works because it is culturally sensitive and it works with the family – both the teens and their parents – to address the factors that influence their health status. That is why it is making a real difference in the lives of these families and our community.”

Hennepin County Medical Center is a nationally recognized healthcare system that includes a Level l Adult Trauma Center and Level l Pediatric Trauma Center and a comprehensive primary and specialty care clinic system. The campus in downtown Minneapolis includes a 455-bed acute care hospital and many primary and specialty care clinics. Other clinics are located in Golden Valley, St. Anthony Village, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Richfield; and in Minneapolis in the Whittier Neighborhood and on East Lake Street. HCMC also has a retail clinic in Bloomington, an employee clinic in the Hennepin County Government Center, and a Neurology and Specialty Clinic in the 212 Medical Center in Chaska.

 

Will more Americans benefit from cholesterol-lowering therapy?

In Nov 2013, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) introduced new guidelines to reduce heart attack and stroke through lifestyle changes and selective use of cholesterol-lowering  medications.

The ACC/AHA proposed changes to the guidelines for prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications called statins in accordance with the latest clinical study data available on the use of these drugs to reduce heart attack and strokes, due to the high prevalence of heart attack and stroke associated with high blood cholesterol.

Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew

Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew

“For years, the LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol level was the basis for the initiation and follow up of statin therapy,” cardiologist Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew at Hennepin County Medical Center explains. “But the new guidelines de-emphasized the value attached to following the LDL level and instead recommended that the intensity of statin therapy match the risk of stroke and heart attack in an individual. For example, high-intensity cholesterol reduction is now recommended for those who have had prior heart attack or stroke, since the recurrence of such events is highest for those individuals.” Continue reading

Getting a handle on headache

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It can start as a dull ache – barely noticeable – but by the end of the day you’re clutching your forehead in pain. Most of the time, headaches are a nuisance and nothing to worry about. If headaches disrupt your life on a regular basis, however, they should be discussed with a physician.

Neurologist Kevin Brown, DO, sees many patients with headaches at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Chaska Neurology and Specialty Clinic. “You should consult a physician if you suffer from persistent headaches that disrupt your daily function or are associated with headache “red flags,” he says. Continue reading

CNO Kathy Wilde recognized by Women’s Health Leadership TRUST

Kathy Wilde, CNO

Kathy Wilde, CNO

Congratulations to Hennepin County Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Kathy Wilde, RN, MA who is one of the women being recognized by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST on April 29! This organization is celebrating its 35th year of playing an integral role in advancing in women health care executives. Wilde is one of 35 women leaders from across the state who exemplify leadership excellence in the health care industry who will be recognized at the networking dinner at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In addition to the 35 honorees, the annual Jean Harris Award will be announced and presented to a TRUST member for outstanding contributions in health care leadership.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by this organization,” said Wilde. “Networking with leaders in the health care field is a great way to learn more about what’s being done to improve health care for all Minnesotans.”

Wilde joined Hennepin County Medical Center in July 2007 and has more than 30 years of nursing leadership experience.

About Women’s Health Leadership TRUST
Founded in 1979, the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST provides development, promotion and education of women health care leaders. Over the past 35 years, the 300-plus member organization has grown into one of the most influential women’s health care organizations in Minnesota and continues to provide professional networking and leadership support to women across the state. To learn more about Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, visit www.whltrust.org.

 

Comprehensive Cancer Center awarded arts program

HCMC’s Comprehensive Cancer Center again named LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Finalist and Award Recipient

Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Comprehensive Cancer Center was recently named one of the  Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program sites by theLIVESTRONG®Community Impact Project. It’s the second time the hospital’s cancer program has been selected thanks to an online voting campaign. HCMC will be awarded $15,600 to help replicate and implement the music therapy program at HCMC, one of three proven cancer support programs included in the 2014 Community Impact Project selected by the LIVESTRONG Foundation.  HCMC was one of more than 100 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in seven regions across the U.S. were selected to participate in the online voting campaign that determined the award recipients.

“We are so grateful to the LIVESTRONG Foundation and of course the many people who voted for us to receive the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program for our patients,” explains Kelly Porter, Practice Manager of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at HCMC.  “We’ve seen firsthand how much an arts program means to our cancer patients, and we’re so excited to offer this to them.”

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program has become an essential component of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s integrative approach to caring for cancer patients. The program’s overarching goal is to facilitate relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance wellness, improve pain management, and provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellbeing. Clinical music therapy services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Two part-time music therapists conduct sessions with patients either at the bedside or in common (environmental) areas of the cancer center.

In addition to the Foundation’s financial support, the chosen organizations will receive various materials including facilitator manuals, participant materials; training and support from the model program’s staff; and access to additional tools and resources.

Conveniently located downtown Minneapolis on HCMC’s campus, the Comprehensive Cancer Center is committed to providing the finest in cancer-related services through an integrated system of health and social services. For more information about Hennepin County Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit hcmc.org.