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Burn Center Taps interest of Rock Bottom Brewery

Tuesday, February 26 from 6-8 pm
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
800 LaSalle Plaza, Minneapolis

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Minneapolis will be hot tonight (Tuesday, February 26) when they host a party from 6-8 pm to raise awareness and support for Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Burn Unit.

At its locations across the country, the restaurant and brewery  releases their seasonal Fire Chief Ale each year by recognizing the contributions of local fire departments and related charities like HCMC’s Burn Center. This is the sixth year they’ve selected the Burn Center, and it’s also the sole beneficiary of tonight’s charitable party in Minneapolis.

Representatives from HCMC, some burn victims,  and local firefighters will be present at the party selling donation slips for $1, $5 and $10. In addition, HCMC’s Burn Center will also receive .25 cents from every pint of Fire Chief Ale purchased. The party is open to the public and attendees can sample the beer and taste some of the new menu items offered by Rock Bottom.

Rock Bottom’s menu, which features “hot” items like fire-grilled chicken, smoked red pepper sauce and blackened seasonings, kicks off the restaurant’s national promotion that includes Tapping Parties the week of February 24.  A portion of sales from its new menu goes to local fire departments and related charities during this time, adding to the more than 2 million dollars the restaurant has already raised.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Breweries are polished,  casual dining establishments featuring guest-focused service, high-quality food and a unique selection of handcrafted, brewed on-site beers. The Rock Bottom menu features a wide variety of items including starters, house favorites, burgers and pizzas. Rock Bottom operates in 17 states from coast to coast. For additional details about Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery please visit: www.rockbottom.com.

The Burn Center at Hennepin County Medical Center
Serving Minnesota and the Upper Midwest for more than 30 years, HCMC’s Burn Center is one of 57 centers across the country designated by the American Burn Association as Verified Burn Centers. Comprised of an 17-bed inpatient unit and the Acute Burn and Wound Clinic, the Burn Center occupies a 16,000-square-foot space on HCMC’s downtown Minneapolis campus.  The highly trained, multidisciplinary Burn Center team works closely with patients and families in a supportive, state-of-the-art environment to meet their unique needs and achieve the highest level of functioning. Treating an average of 10 inpatients per day and 20+ patients per day in the clinic, HCMC’s Burn Center is one of the busiest centers in the nation. 

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Organ donors remembered in flag-raising ceremony

The decision to become an organ donor is one of the most thoughtful ways someone can continue their giving spirit after they’ve passed away. At a flag-raising ceremony at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) on Monday, April 2, the families of Kandyce Bryanna Stoffel and Christopher Lee Spears were joined by doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and other caregivers and friends to remember patients and loved ones who made the decision to donate organs  after death.

Shining on… 

Stoffel, a graduate of Mankato West High School, was a student at the University of Minnesota who was walking with some friends around a construction barricade when the group was struck by a vehicle. She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but was unable to survive due to her multiple traumatic injuries. She passed away on October 24, 2010.

Her mom and stepdad, Patty and Randy Appel, and her sister and brother-in-law, Karissa and Christopher Baukol attended the flag-raising ceremony.

“Kandyce had her entire life ahead of her. She was only one class shy of graduating from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in kinesiology,” explains Patty Appel. “But unfortunately a drunk driver took all those dreams away from a precious 23-year-old and her family.”

Stoffel was able to donate five life-saving organs – her heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas, as well as her eyes and other tissues — thanks to her decision to be an organ donor.

Appel has been in contact with some of the recipients of her daughter’s organs, including “Jennifer,” who received her heart.  Appel attended Jennifer’s wedding last year. “I knew that would be the only wedding I’d see that heart in,” she said.

“During the reception, the groom’s father said a prayer for Kandyce and our family and asked us to stand. The guests gave a standing ovation — what an emotional time for everyone. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the entire ballroom. If we could have picked a person to receive Kandyce’s heart, it would have been Jennifer.”

Spears, an 18-year-old Senior at Hutchinson High School, was also in a car crash. He passed away on March 2, 2010.

“He chose to be an organ donor because it fit his personality and drive to help others out,” explained his mom, Luann Spears. “He didn’t think twice about it.  In fact,  ‘Well, duh!’ was his response when he passed his driver’s test and was answering questions about organ donation.”

Prior to the removal of Spears’ organs, the family asked the operating room staff involved in the organ procurement if they would sing “You are My Sunshine” during the surgery.  The OR staff honored this wish and sang to him during the procedure.

“When my kids were babies, I used to always sing ‘You are My Sunshine’ to them,” says Luann Spears, who attended the flag-raising ceremony with her surviving children Tiffany, Jennifer and Jamey.  “When Christopher was on life support, I just started singing it again and told him he would continue to shine through all of the people who would be helped because of his donation.”

Like Stoffel, his corneas, kidneys and liver tissue and heart valve are now “shining” through the lives of others.

Stoffel’s mom, Patty Appel and Spears’ mom, Luann raised the flag in honor of their children and all of the other organ donors in celebration of Donate Life month.

There are currently more than 110,000 men, women, and children in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant. More than 3,000 of these individuals live in the Upper Midwest.

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Burn patients win when St. Louis Park Firefighters play softball

Firefighter Sean McKenna, Dr. George Peltier, Alison Schramm, Margaret Brunner

On Friday, September 23, St. Louis Park firefighters Captain Mark Nelson and Sean McKenna arrived at Hennepin County Medical Center for a special delivery – a donation from their annual softball charity event played on September 10 at Dakota Park. Dr. George Peltier, Margaret Brunner, Alison Schramm, Steve Omodt and John O’Malley met the firefighters and accepted the donation on behalf of the Burn Center. Continue reading

HCMC receives Crystal Award for support of organ donation

Hennepin receives Crystal Award for support of organ donation

HCMC received the Crystal Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association for outstanding support of the Donate Life Minnesota campaign.

Susan Weese, Hennepin’s hospital coordinator from LifeSource, nominated Hennepin for the award for being “a strong partner and team member in the LifeSource service area and embracing the campaign.” Hennepin’s support of organ donation this year included promotion of the Take 5 campaign from hospital leadership, providing a personal letter from the hospital to families of designated donors, and active promotion of Donate Life Month again this April.