Category Archives: HCMC News

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

Open House to review Health Services Plan

Community Health Open House to review health services plan
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.

 

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.