Category Archives: HCMC News

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

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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 (Photo credit: Alvin Sangma Photography)