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Dr. Michael Belzer given U of M’s 2015 Harold S. Diehl Award

DRBelzer #2Congratulations to Dr. Michael Belzer for being named the 2015 Harold S. Diehl Award recipient from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Established in 1962, this prestigious lifetime award is granted to individuals who have made outstanding professional contributions to the Medical School, the University, and the community.

The award was presented to Dr. Belzer at the Medical School Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, September 17 at the University’s McNamara Alumni Center.

Additionally, Dr. Belzer was the recipient of the University of Minnesota Medical School  Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and is the only individual to have won both Medical School awards since their initiation.

Since 1990, Dr. Belzer has been Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of Hennepin County Medical Center.

U of M wrestlers visit 8 y.o. wrestler grappling with burns

Tyler Schultz’ wrestling teammates in South Dakota are pulling for his speedy recovery – but a little extra “muscle” can’t hurt!

On Monday, Jumeetingne 15, four members of the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gopher Wrestling Team stopped by to meet Tyler and offer encouragement as he receives treatment for 3rd degree burns in Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Burn Center.

Sam Brancale, Josh Shupe, Zane Zeman and Nate Thomas brought Tyler a poster signed by the entire team and visited with the young wrestler and his parents. The event was covered by WCCO 4 News sports reporter Dave McCoy and aired Tuesday, June 16.

Tyler and Gopher Group

Sam Brancale, Josh Shupe, Zane Zeman, Tyler Schultz, Nate Thomas

Angie Whitley and Tyler

Angie Whitley and Tyler

“He’s such a strong kid and he’s made remarkable progress,” explains Angie Whitley, RN, one of the many nurses Tyler has won over during his 45-day stay at HCMC. “Having these wrestlers take time out of their busy schedules to stop by and visit Tyler is so very much appreciated – and I think they enjoyed it, too! Encouragement and hope is a vital part of the healing process for patients recovering from burns.”

In a few weeks, Tyler (who wrestles at 50 pounds) heads back to his hometown near Aberdeen, SD soon where he’ll continue therapy on an outpatient basis.

Eden Prairie’s Sam Brancale (junior) wrestles at 125 and 133 lbs. Josh Shupe (senior) from Marshfield, WI, wrestles at 141 lbs. Nate Thomas (sophomore) is from Mantorville, MN and wrestles at 133 lbs. Zane Zeman (junior) is from Avon, Ohio and wrestles at 157 lbs.

(Left to right) Nate Thomas (sophomore) is from Mantorville, MN and wrestles at 133 lbs. Josh Shupe (senior) from Marshfield, WI, wrestles at 141 lbs. Eden Prairie’s Sam Brancale (junior) wrestles at 125 and 133 lbs. Zane Zeman (junior) is from Avon, Ohio and wrestles at 157 lbs.

Firefighter’s Challenge supports HCMC burn patients

Raising money and awareness for burn victims at the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Center is the goal of the week-long philanthropy, Firefighter’s Challenge, sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Beta Chi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity. 

The annual philanthropy engages participating sororities in competition throughout the week, which began Monday, April 15. PIKE partners with the Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD), the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and the Hennepin Health Foundation (HHF) to run the events. Continue reading

Homecoming project comforts families of trauma patients at HCMC

On Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM University of Minnesota nursing students helped assemble 200 Comfort and Hope Tote Bags at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) as part of their “Thank U” event in conjunction with the University’s Homecoming. 

Each year, more than 500 seriously injured trauma patients are admitted to HCMC’s surgical and pediatric intensive care units. Many of the patients are referred from outside the metro area, and they are often admitted in the middle of the night or on weekends. When families of these patients arrive at HCMC, the last thing they think to bring are items to help themselves through the first several stressful days at the hospital.

“When families leave home to be with their loved ones, they’re not thinking long-term,” explains Trauma Prevention Specialist Julie Philbrook, who is the founder of the “Comfort and Hope Totes” program. “Their main objective is to get to the hospital as soon as possible. But as time goes on, they find themselves needing some basic care items.”

In response to this need, the HCMC Trauma Brain Injury (TBI) Center’s Care Delivery Team received a grant from the Hennepin Health Foundation for the “Comfort and Hope Totes” program, where families receive a canvas tote bag filled with comfort items they may need during their stay at HCMC.

“Hennepin County Medical Center staff know that having a loved one injured and in the hospital can be a very stressful time. Through the generous support of the Hennepin Health Foundation, we are to provide them with a tote bag filled with some items to help make the hours they spend here a bit more comfortable.”  

Each large canvas tote includes a warm blanket, travel pillow, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, comb, $3 for snacks from vending machines, journal and pen, and one parking voucher.

According to Lisa Miller, Interim Director the HCMC Volunteer program. “We are hoping to expand this program to reach more of our patients and their families. Currently, we work with our Spiritual Care team and Social Workers to distribute them to families of our trauma patients, but we are also hoping the expand the program so more families will be served.”

Each tote bag costs $15. Donations to the Comfort an Hope Tote program can be made to the Hennepin Health Foundation.