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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MyChart E-Visits are here!

e-visits-iocNo time to go to the clinic? MyChart E-Visits are a convenient option!

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is now offering a new feature within its MyChart patient portal to make it more convenient for patients and families with uncomplicated medical histories to get care for some common, non-emergent conditions.

An E-Visit is online medical advice and treatment with an HCMC provider – now available 7 days a week (Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5:30 PM and weekends from 10 AM to 5:30 PM). Cough/colds, allergies, diarrhea, heartburn, red eye, sinus problems, urinary problems and vaginal discharge/irritation are some of the non-emergent conditions that can be treated by a provider via E-Visit.

To sign up for the E-Visit, the patient must:

  • Have been seen at HCMC within the past 3 years
  • Not have been seen at HCMC for the same condition or symptoms within 7 days of the E-Visit
  • Be at least 18 months old
  • Not be pregnant or breast-feeding

E-Visits can be requested through HCMC’s MyChart system. For more information, go to hcmc.org and take the E-Visit link.

 

Mary Seieroe, DDS named Chief of Dentistry

Dr. Mary Seieroe

Dr. Mary Seieroe

Dr. Mary Seieroe was recently named Chief of Dentistry at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and teaching hospital in Minneapolis.

“It’s a great privilege to care for patients at HCMC, and I look forward to serving my colleagues and our patients and families in this new role,” said Dr. Seieroe, who graduated from the University of Iowa in 1986, and completed the General Practice Residency program at HCMC. Her special interests include oral health disparities, the relationships between oral health and overall health, hospital dentistry and management of medically complex patients and those with special needs.

 

 

Is niacin breaking your heart?

Using niacin to improve cholesterol levels doesn’t reduce heart attack or stroke in high risk patients

We’ve all heard that lowering LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels and raising HDL or “good” cholesterol is good for the heart. When lifestyle changes have not been adequate, most treatment effort in the management of heart disease and stroke risk has focused on lowering the LDL or “bad” cholesterol using a class of drugs called statins. In recent years, the use of niacin – a vitamin B3 – in addition to standard statin therapy has been increasing in the U.S.   The main effect of niacin is in raising HDL or “good” cholesterol and this was hoped to result in improving heart attack and stroke prevention beyond what was obtained through the use of statins. But recently reported results from a large study state that the long-term effects of niacin do not lead to better outcomes.

Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew

Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew

“And in fact, niacin use may even be harmful,” explains Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew, a cardiologist at Hennepin County Medical Center, who is referring to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine that associated niacin with infections, skin problems, and diabetes complications. “While niacin can increase HDL levels and lower LDLs and triglycerides, these apparently favorable changes in the lipid levels did not reduce heart attack and stroke when high risk patients were followed on niacin over the long-term,” says Dr. Ayenew. “The effect or benefit of niacin on patients without prior vascular disease was not looked at in these studies.”

“In light of this research, high-risk patients with prior heart attack, stroke or diabetes with arterial blockages who are currently taking niacin with their statin should review their treatment plan with their provider.”

Dr. Ayenew also asserts that pursuing a healthy lifestyle is still the most beneficial and safest way to avoid cardiovascular disease.  If medications are needed to supplement healthy lifestyles, it does appear that statins are very effective and have a better safety profile compared to vitamin B3 or niacin.

Woubeshet Ayenew practices in HCMC’s Cardiology Clinic located in downtown Minneapolis, as well as HCMC’s Brooklyn Center Clinic.  He was the local principal investigator for the AIM-HIGH trial that looked at the impact of niacin on people with vascular disease. The cardiology clinic was recently identified as the number one rated cardiology clinic by patients for “overall provider experience” in Minnesota, according to results published by Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CGCAHPS), a tool used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to collect patient feedback.