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

Hennepin Healthcare System to integrate with MVNA

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS), the public subsidiary corporation that operates Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and MVNA have signed an agreement to integrate their operations, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

MVNA is a provider of specialized services including home healthcare, community palliative care, family health services and other specialty home-based and community health services. Through its subsidiary, Hospice of the Twin Cities (HOTC), MVNA provides hospice services as well. Last year, MVNA and HOTC provided more than 80,000 visits to almost 19,000 clients. 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.

 

International Walk to School (Safely!) Day

St. Anthony Village Children Join Safe Kids of Hennepin County and FedEx on International Walk to School Day October 8, 2014

57568515Safe Kids of Hennepin County (Hennepin County Medical Center) and FedEx volunteers will be participating in the International Walk to School day on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety. More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn safe walking skills and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments.

The team of volunteers from the school and FedEx will be teaching the kids at Wilshire Park Elementary School (3600 Highcrest Road, St. Anthony, MN ) about safe walking that morning. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. children from the neighborhoods surrounding the school will form a “Walking School Bus” and pick-up walkers along the way. They will be greeted by emergency vehicles as well as the schools and hospital’s mascots in the parking lot of Elmwood Church (located behind the school at 3615 Chelmsford Rd) for a photo and then head into the school.

Julie Philbrook, Safe Kids of Hennepin County Coordinator, emphasizes the importance of showing children how to walk safely. “Our children learn by mimicking what they see. By walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show them how to make good choices when it comes to safety.”

In 2000, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities.  Safe Kids and FedEx address the issue through research, physical improvements to school zones, and education and awareness campaigns throughout the year, such as International Walk to School Day.

About Safe Kids of Hennepin County
Safe Kids of Hennepin County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. The Coalition is led by Hennepin County Medical Center. For more information, contact Julie.philbrook@hcmed.org

About FedEx
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

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