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Ebola readiness at HCMC

HCMC routinely prepares and exercises its emergency response procedures for all types of emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks. 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.”

For more information about Ebola, go to the Minnesota Department of Health ‘s web site  at www.health.state.mn.us.

 

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61 HCMC physicians named “Best Doctors” by Minnesota Monthly magazine

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

Dept. of Emergency Medicine research study notification

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

Dr. Andrew Schmidt named Chief of Orthopedics

bruno 2Andrew Schmidt, MD was recently named Chief of Orthopedics at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Dr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He attended medical school at the University of California at San Diego and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Oregon Health Sciences in 1993.

After completing a Fellowship in Total Joint Replacement at HCMC, Dr. Schmidt joined the HCMC faculty.  He is also a Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, a past-President of the Orthopedic Trauma Association, and is an internationally known academician and educator. Dr. Schmidt is Co-Editor of the text “Surgical Treatment of Orthopedic Trauma,” winner of the 2007 “Excellence in Clinical Medicine” award by the Association of American Publishers.

Dr. Andrew Schmidt

Dr. Andrew Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt is also a leading researcher in musculoskeletal trauma and its complications. He leads HCMC’s participation in a research partnership sponsored by the Department of Defense that brings many civilian trauma centers together to work with military surgeons to study battlefield injuries and improve care for injured military personnel. The results of this important research is also applied to improve treatment of civilian trauma.

Hennepin County Medical Center is a Level I Adult and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and public teaching hospital located in downtown Minneapolis. The centerpiece of Hennepin County’s clinical health services, Hennepin County Medical Center offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient orthopedic services, where ongoing, nationally recognized orthopedic research is conducted at the Ramon B. Gustilo Center for Medical Education and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.

 

Vacancies on the Board of Directors of HHS, Inc.

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS), doing business as Hennepin County Medical Center, is a public corporation operated as a subsidiary of Hennepin County. Its purpose is to engage in the organization and delivery of health care and related services to the general public, including the indigent as defined by state and federal law as determined by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, and to conduct related programs of education and research.

The terms of the three sitting members of the Board of Directors of HHS will expire at the end of 2014. There may up to two more appointments made as well. A process is now under way to review and recommend candidates to fill at least three of these three-year terms on the HHS Board of Directors, beginning in January 2015.

Members of the board shall possess a high degree of experience and knowledge in relevant fields and possess a high degree of interest in the corporation and support for its mission. Members shall be appointed based in part on the objective of ensuring that the corporation includes diverse and beneficial perspectives and experience including, but not limited to, those of medical or other health professionals, urban, cultural and ethnic perspectives of the population served by the corporation, business management, law, finance, health sector employees, public health, serving the uninsured, health professional training, and the patient or consumer perspective.

Interested candidates should send a letter and their resume to the Executive Committee by Oct. 9, 2014:

Attn: Craig Caldwell-Krizan, S6 Hennepin Health Care System, Inc., 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1676, .

 

DOT physicals available at Golden Valley Clinic

DOT physicals are now offered at HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic, conveniently located in Spring Gate Shopping Center, 5653 Duluth Street in Golden Valley.

85449789Commercial drivers are required by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to pass a physical exam and receive certification that they are in good enough health to be safe driving a commercial vehicle. A standard certification is good for two years, but people with certain health conditions must have a DOT physical more often. This year, there’s a new wrinkle in getting a DOT physical.

“Now you can’t necessarily just go to your primary care doctor to get a DOT physical,” explains Bryan Nelson, MD, Family and Community Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. “As of May 21, 2014, health care providers must be specially licensed to give DOT physicals. There’s a surprisingly rigorous test you have to pass to become one of these providers.”

Dr. Nelson is licensed to perform DOT physicals, and has been offering this service at the Golden Valley Clinic since mid-August. He describes the exam: “In many respects, it’s like a routine annual physical exam. But there are a couple aspects of an annual physical that are not done as part of the DOT physical. There’s no blood draw. We do a urine test, but it’s just to make sure there’s no glucose or protein in the urine.”

How to get a DOT physical

Health insurance doesn’t cover DOT physicals. Dr. Nelson and the Golden Valley Clinic offer DOT physicals for a flat fee of $109. Assuming you pass, you will receive a certificate at the end of the exam.

You can schedule an appointment by phone or email. Call 612-873-6963 or email gvdotphysicals@hcmed.org to schedule your DOT physical.

Golden Valley Clinic, conveniently located in the Spring Gate Shopping Mall on Duluth St., partners with patients of all ages to maintain and improve their health by offering comprehensive primary care services as well as complementary treatment options.

 

Dr. Michael Belzer receives Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award

Dr. Michael Belzer

Dr. Michael Belzer

The West Metro Medical Foundation and the Twin Cities Medical Society have selected Dr. Michael Belzer, Chief Medical Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award.

Dr. Belzer has served as HCMC’s Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer since 1990. He also serves as Medical Director for Hennepin County’s Community Health Department and Associate Dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to becoming Medical Director, he served as the Associate HCMC Medical Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Belzer is a practicing Medical Hematologist and Oncologist with subspecialty and specialty board certification in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Hennepin Medical Society (now known as the Twin Cities Medical Society) that represented over 4000 Metro physicians. Dr. Belzer is on the Executive Committee Board for America’s Essential Hospitals, and was the former Board Chair of Hospice of the Twin Cities and the National Public Health and Hospital Institute. Dr. Belzer is past recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award and he won the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University Medical School in 2004.

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