Dr. Jim Miner named Chief of Emergency Medicine

Dr. James Miner

Dr. Jim Miner

Dr. Jim Miner has been selected to be Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) new Chief of Emergency Medicine. He takes over duties from retiring Chief Dr. Joseph Clinton, who recently stepped down after serving in the position for more than 21 years.

“I’m honored and excited to be chosen for the role of chief of Emergency Medicine,” said Dr. Miner. “It’s a big job with a lot of challenges, but I feel really confident and enthusiastic about where is department is headed and our ability to adapt to the future.”

After graduating from East High School in Duluth, Minnesota, Dr. Miner earned his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at HCMC, and joined HCMC’s Emergency Department staff in 1999. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has been serving as the Research Director in the department and as HCMC’s Associate Medical Director for Physician Development.

HCMC is a national leader in Emergency Medicine with a history of providing state-of-the-art care and outstanding teaching. Dr. Miner is committed to keeping HCMC at the cutting edge of clinical practice, research and education.

IMG_1264“We want to continue to expand our department’s role in providing the best care possible to our patients, and in keeping them at the center of our focus,” he explains. “We also want to build on our current research efforts to continue to advance the science of Emergency Medicine.”

Dr. Miner’s many interests include research in the areas of pain management and procedural sedation in the Emergency Department, as well as the effects of poverty on patients.

Even when he can, Dr. Miner rarely slows down. He’s an avid cross-country skier and coach for the Minnesota Youth Ski League, and all three of his children play hockey. During the winter months, Dr. Miner and his wife, Stephanie, often spend time driving from one sports event to another.

“I guess I enjoy keeping a fast pace,” he explains, “wearing skis just makes it more fun.”

Throughout 2014, HCMC is celebrating its 25th year as Minnesota’s first Level I Trauma Center. A comprehensive academic medical center and public teaching hospital with the largest emergency department in the state, HCMC offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care. In addition to the 462-bed acute care hospital and primary care and specialty clinics located in downtown Minneapolis, HCMC offers primary care clinics in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.

Cancer Center receives STAR Program® Certification

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) announced today that it has earned its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care.  HCMC Comprehensive Cancer Center is leading the way by offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients by becoming STAR Program Certified.

STAR Program Certification uniquely qualifies facilities like the HCMC Comprehensive Cancer Center to offer premium cancer rehabilitation and survivorship services to people who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by treatments.

To receive its certification, HCMC Cancer Center implemented the STAR Program which involves training clinicians and focusing on improving patient care outcomes. The healthcare services offered by the STAR Program are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare, and will be offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff that is specially trained to work with survivors of all forms of cancer.

The multidisciplinary group includes the medical director of PM&R, advanced practice providers, nurses, physical therapists and lymphedema specialists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitian, social work, and exercise trainer.  The collaborative group will be one of the first multidisciplinary STAR Programs in the state of Minnesota.

They will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life.

Syndal Ortman, RN

Syndal Ortman, RN

“We pursued grant funding to cover the cost of the training for 25 participants as part of our Survivorship program.  Being awarded the full amount not only validated our belief that there has been a gap in care for our patients, but it also provided organizational support for our cancer survivors.  We’re very excited to be able to fill the gap and offer these services,” Syndal Ortman, RN, DNP, HCMC Survivorship & Cancer Rehab Program Director.

STAR Program Certification provides hospitals and cancer centers with the tools needed to quickly and effectively implement high quality survivorship services.

About the STAR Program The STAR Program is a best practices multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation service-line model that improves patient care. STAR Program Certification provides healthcare facilities and clinicians with the tools (education,  training, evaluation and treatment protocols, and outcomes support) to develop and deliver state-of-the-art cancer rehabilitation services to survivors who suffer the side effects and after effects of treatments – whether they are in remission, living with cancer or cured. All of the services integrated in the STAR Program, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and consultations with rehabilitation medicine physicians (physiatrists), are typically covered by health insurance. Learn more at www.OncologyRehabPartners.com.

$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. 

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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

Location
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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