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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.

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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Sim Center revolutionizes medical education

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Join us for an Open House from 2-4 PM on Monday, January 7

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), already a nationally recognized teaching hospital, is opening a brand new, state-of-the art medical simulation facility. The Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center (“Sim Center”), opening January 7, 2013, will support education programs that train more than 20,000 caregivers each year.

Located in the lower level of the state’s first Level I Trauma Center, the 10,000 square foot  Sim Center area provides a safe environment for health care professionals to practice real-life medical situations and procedures in rooms with the equipment found in operating rooms, emergency departments or other treatment areas – including the electronic health record. Continue reading

Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center is becoming a “reality”

Progress continues on construction of Hennepin County Medical Center’s Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center (ISEC), scheduled to open this summer in the lower level of the HCMC Parking Ramp. (Also see the December 2, 2011 “Network Feature: Simulation, the next best thing to learning from a real patient.” 

The center will provide a guided, safe environment for trainees to practice real-life medical situations and procedures, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and safety. As the first teaching hospital in Minnesota and a leader in medical education, HCMC is excited to offer this state-of-the-art educational setting.

“In recent years, simulation has revolutionized medical education,” said Dr. Danielle Hart, HCMC’s Director of Simulation. “The development of this center is integral to our continued ability to educate health care professionals for the future – at HCMC and across the region.”

The center is being constructed in two phases. When it opens its doors after completion of Phase I, ISEC will be approximately half of its final size of 10,000 square feet. It will include multiple rooms for mannequin-based and standardized patient-based simulation scenarios, procedural skills training, and a large training room for group discussion. The high fidelity rooms, which will appear very similar to patient care areas in the hospital, will be fully wired with audio and video capabilities have one-way glass for observation.

Funding for construction of ISEC was obtained with support from the Hennepin Health Foundation. Learn more at www.hcmc.org/simulation