80-year-old donor raises awareness for living kidney donation with one kidney and a 300-mile bicycle trek

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Denny Behm

On September 2, 80-year-old Denny Behm will continue pedaling his “YONOK” message when he departs Iowa City by bicycle for Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“YONOK stands for ‘you only need one kidney’ – and I’m living proof!” Behm explains.

Back in 2006 his friend, Rich Dean needed a kidney. Behm did some research and went through testing to see if he could be a match. He was, and he gladly donated a kidney to his friend. Continue reading

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The Hennepin Heart Center receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

GWTG Icon 2019American Heart Association Award recognizes Hennepin Healthcare’s commitment to quality heart failure care

Hennepin Healthcare has received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Hennepin Healthcare is the only hospital in the Twin Cities to receive this award.

The Hennepin Heart Center at Hennepin Healthcare earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure initiative made sense for our team because we are committed to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure,” said Steven Goldsmith, MD Director of the Heart Failure Program at Hennepin Healthcare. “The tools and resources provided by the AHA help us track and measure our success in meeting the very latest evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

For more information, go to www.hennepinhealthcare.org/get-with-the-guidelines-heart-award/

About The Hennepin Heart Center at Hennepin Healthcare
Hennepin Healthcare is a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with the largest emergency department in Minnesota and a long tradition of delivering patient-centered, high-quality cardiovascular care. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 484-bed acute care hospital and primary care and specialty clinics located in downtown Minneapolis, primary care clinics in Golden Valley, St. Anthony Village, Brooklyn Park, Richfield and South Minneapolis on East Lake Street and the Whittier Neighborhood, and a Be Well employer clinic in downtown Minneapolis.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

 

 

 

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Brooklyn Park Clinic expansion to bring more health care services and specialists to the NW suburbs

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A full-service pharmacy is one of the new additions to the expanded Brooklyn Park Clinic.

Hennepin Healthcare is completing a major expansion in Brooklyn Park. The Brooklyn Park Clinic, at the corner of Zane Ave. and Brooklyn Blvd., has doubled in size, added more specialists and opened a physical therapy gym and an onsite pharmacy.

“People need access to specialty care close to where they live and our expanded clinic brings more Hennepin Healthcare specialists and services to the northwest suburbs,” said Dr. Teresa Barrera-Anderson, Medical Director of Brooklyn Park Clinic & Pharmacy.

In addition to primary care, specialties and services available at Brooklyn Park Clinic & Pharmacy include OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiology, diabetes education, general and podiatric surgery consultations, general surgery consultations, infusion therapy, lab, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, mammography, rheumatology, chiropractic, acupuncture and orthopedics. Continue reading

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Announcement of Vacancies on the Board of Directors of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc.

Contact: Tom Hayes 612-873-3337

A process is now under way to review and recommend candidates to fill positions for three-year terms on the Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS) Board of Directors and/or Board Committees, beginning in January 2020. Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., doing business as Hennepin Healthcare, Hennepin County Medical Center, and HCMC, is a public corporation operated as a subsidiary of Hennepin County. Its purpose is to deliver health care and related services to the general public and to conduct related programs to advance medical education and knowledge.

Potential candidates will be considered by the Executive and Governance Committee of the HHS Board of Directors, whose recommendations will be considered by the HHS Board. The HHS Board will recommend a slate of candidates for these positions that will be forwarded to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners for its consideration and vote to either approve or reject the slate.

The statute creating Hennepin Healthcare provides that members of the board shall possess a high degree of experience and knowledge in relevant fields and possess a high degree of interest in the corporation and support for its mission. Members shall be appointed based in part on the objective of ensuring that the corporation includes diverse and beneficial perspectives.  Hennepin Healthcare is looking for individuals with experience including, but not limited to, those of:

  • medical or other health professionals
  • urban, cultural and ethnic perspectives of the population served by the corporation
  • business management, law or finance experience
  • health sector employees, public health, serving the uninsured, health professional training, and the patient or consumer perspective.

Interested persons should send a letter and their resume to the Executive and Governance Committee, c/o Kimberly Bennett, S6, Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1676, to be received no later than Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

More information about HHS and its mission can be found at www.hennepinhealthcare.org.

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Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50 years of teamwork

Hennepin Healthcare’s Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center is celebrating its fiftieth year of helping patients return to their homes after severe injury or illness. To mark the occasion, the nationally recognized Center is holding an open house on Sunday, July 14 from 2-5pm at Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center, 715 South 8th St. in Minneapolis.

The Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center (Knapp Rehab) is an acute inpatient specialty program of Hennepin Healthcare serving adolescent and adult patients who have been traumatically injured or disabled.

“Our legacy of caring for patients began in an area with only four rooms shared by four patients each,” explains Geoffrey Roe, RN, Nurse Manager of Knapp Rehab. “Of course the center itself, therapies and interventions have changed over time, but the commitment to providing state-of-the-art, compassionate care has remained the same.”

Current and former patients, families and staff are invited to attend the event that will include a short program, refreshments, and time for listening to patients share stories of how they overcame dramatic physical and emotional barriers with the support of Knapp Rehab professionals. Continue reading

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Dr. David Hilden elected Vice President of Medical Affairs

Hilden, David#012Dr. David Hilden has been selected by his peers to represent the medical staff at Hennepin Healthcare in filling the role Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA). This role was formerly held by Dr. John Cumming who stepped down and is now as interim CEO.

The Physician Leadership and Development Committee recommended candidates for the VPMA role to the Medical Executive Committee, who selected Dr. Hilden. He was confirmed by the Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS) Board Executive Committee on June 28, 2019.

“There is no place I would rather practice medicine than Hennepin and I am humbled to represent a medical staff of incredibly talented and committed colleagues,” said Dr. Hilden. “I hope to follow previous physician leaders in fostering collegiality, purpose, and most of all a collective sense of joy in our professional lives.  I’m eager to get started!” Continue reading

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at Hennepin Healthcare

Strengthen your body and your bondHennepin Healthcare is offering a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at its downtown Minneapolis campus this May through July. MBSR is an evidenced-based program that can transform how you think and feel for a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life. The MBSR course will be taught by Kathleen J. Feil, Ph.D., L.P., a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Hennepin Healthcare who has extensive training in teaching MBSR.

This eight-week experiential training will teach you to:

    • Live with greater calm, compassion, understanding, and focus
    • Respond more skillfully and recover more quickly from a challenging and stressful situation
    • Reduce pain levels and cope more effectively with pain that may not go away
    • Reduce the impact of many health conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches, stomach ailments, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and others.

Throughout this course, you will learn formal mindfulness meditation practices, with the opportunity to check in with your instructor, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, group dialogue and discussions, and more.

Dates & Locations

    • Orientation: Wed. May 15, 5-7 pm – free, open to anyone, required for participants.
    • Classes: Wednesday, June 5-July 31, 5-7:30 pm (8 pm for 1st and last class; skip the week of July 3). Full day retreat on July 20
    • Location: 900 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415, Lower Level Shapiro Conference Room.

For more information about the course as well as registration info, click here. Questions? Contact Kathleen Feil at kathleen.feil@hcmed.org

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