$99 lung cancer screenings offered at HCMC

For more information, call 612.873.2065

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is offering $99 lung cancer screening for people who may be concerned that they are at risk for the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the USA, and it kills more patients every year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.

Dr. Gopal Punjabi

Dr. Gopal Punjabi

“We know that by the time lung cancer causes symptoms like cough and chest pain, it’s usually advanced and has spread to other organs,” explains radiologist Dr. Gopal Punjabi. “For years, there has been tremendous interest in catching lung cancer early, so this test is a very important development.” If you’re between the ages of 55 and 79 and you smoked for more than 30 years, or you quit less than 15 years ago, you may be eligible for this low-cost, low-dose CT scan. Continue reading

Remodeled, expanded Comprehensive Cancer Center opens

Newly remodeled, expanded clinic opens February 12

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has recently completed an expansion and remodel of its Comprehensive Cancer Center to better serve its patients and families.

“A cancer diagnosis can already be overwhelming,” explains Kelly Porter, Practice Manager of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. “And we already offer excellent, patient-centered care. But we wanted our physical environment to enhance that experience. We’re so happy that we now have an additional 4,238 square feet of space to create a more comfortable area for our patients and families.”

The newly expanded and remodeled location includes 5 more exam rooms as well as an additional counseling room and special procedure room in a cheerful, comfortable atmosphere bathed in warm lighting. An open house will take place on Tuesday, February 11 from 2-6 p.m. and the new area opens the following day.

Who:   HCMC’s Comprehensive Cancer Center
What:  Open House to celebrate remodeled, expanded  Cancer Center
When:  Tuesday, February 11 from 2-6 p.m.
Where: 913 South 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415

ca pt 7The fully accredited Comprehensive Cancer Center team includes medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, advanced practice providers, and specially trained RNs in complementary therapy. It has also been awarded a certificate of approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

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.

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Sick? Antibiotics aren’t always the answer

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) recently initiated an Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) as a result of two global phenomena: 1) the emergence of multi-drug resistant organisms and 2) a failure to develop new anti-infective agents. 

Outsmarting the bugs
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a microbe to outsmart or evade the current arsenal of antibiotic drugs available. There are other organisms such as viruses and fungi that cause illness, but antibiotics aren’t effective against them.

“The ‘drivers’ of resistance are many, but we know that the more an antibiotic is used the more likely it is that an organism will find a way to ‘dodge the bullet’ and become resistant,” explains Dr. David Williams, lead physician for HCMC’s ASP. Continue reading

MNsure enrollment continues through March 31

HCMC partners with Portico Healthnet to offer free enrollment events 

????????????????????????MNsure’s enrollment deadline for coverage beginning the first of the year may have passed, but open enrollment continues through March 31. Uninsured Minnesotans can still enroll in coverage that begins February 1, March 1, or April 1. We continue to reach out to our community to help them learn about the new health insurance options available through MNsure.

In partnership with Portico Healthnet, this month Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) will host two free enrollment events on our downtown campus. You are invited to come browse the MNsure website to find a health plan that fits your budget and meets your needs. No appointment needed. With our free in-person assistance, it’s even easier for you to find, compare, and buy health coverage through MNsure.

HCMC-Portico MNsure Enrollment Events
Friday, January 10 and Friday, January 24
12-4 pm

Medical Library Services
Red Building, Level 2 Skyway
730 S. 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415

HCMC patients are welcome to speak with our financial counselors about MNsure at any time. Appointments can be scheduled through the main clinic scheduling line at 612-873-6963 and additional walk-in appointments are available.

Suzanna de Baca appointed to Hennepin Health System, Inc. board

Suzanna de Baca

Suzanna de Baca

Suzanna de Baca is the newest member named to the Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS), Inc. board of directors, which operates Hennepin County Medical Center and its clinic services.  De Baca is Vice President of Wealth Strategies at Ameriprise Financial, Inc. 

Ms. de Baca has 20 years of experience in the financial planning and wealth management industry. Prior to joining Ameriprise Financial, she held senior level positions in several asset management firms.

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HCMC hosts another MNsure enrollment event

Last month Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and Hennepin County co-hosted a free enrollment event at HCMC’s downtown campus to assist patients with the MNsure.org enrollment process. More than 75 individuals stopped by to ask questions and browse health plans on the website, and a number of them successfully enrolled in coverage through MNsure.  

????????????????????????HCMC’s next enrollment event, co-hosted by HCMC and Portico, will take place on Thursday, December 12 in HCMC’s Medical Library on the Skyway level of  the Red Building from 9 AM to Noon.

Patients are welcome to speak with our financial counselors about MNsure at any time. Appointments can be scheduled through the main clinic scheduling line at 612-873-6963.

Cold truths about hypothermia

111960627Every Minnesotan is familiar with piling on coats, hats, mittens and other clothing to stay protected from the elements during the winter months. So far this year HCMC has treated at least 78 patients with complications from hypothermia – literally meaning “low (body) temperature.” No one plans to become hypothermic; car trouble, walking home from a party, or a slip and fall on the ice are just a few ways people inadvertently get over-exposed to the harsh cold.

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