Did you wake up with high blood pressure on Monday? 

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Were you one of several million Americans who woke up with high blood pressure on Monday? The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new blood pressure guidelines on November 13, 2017.  The goal is to enhance awareness about elevated blood pressure and emphasize the importance of managing elevated blood pressure through healthy lifestyle changes and medications with the ultimate goal of reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease). The guidelines have lowered the threshold for the diagnosis of high blood pressure (hypertension) and this change will impact the care of several million Americans.

“I like the excitement and the call-to-action raised by the guidelines,” explains HCMC cardiologist Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew, “and I give it a score of A for the educational aspect; however, I have to give it a lower grade when it comes to the practicality of properly measuring blood pressure and implementing the guidelines in daily clinical practice.” Continue reading

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NFL Alumni Teams Up With Hennepin County Medical Center to Make Memories & Support Brain Injury Research

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On Thursday, October 12, 2017 Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) welcomes Ben Utecht and Lee Nystrom, former NFL players, to announce Super Brain 2018 – a fundraising event to support the Brain Injury Research Laboratory at HCMC.

Who:     Hennepin County Medical Center, NFL Alumni

What:    Super Brain 2018 event announcement

When:   Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2pm

Where: Simulation Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, 615 South Sixth St., Mpls, MN 55415.

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Giving flu vaccination our best shot – for the 4th year in a row!

blueribbonHennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) was among 139 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among facility employees during the 2016-17 flu season.

HCMC reported that 6,818 employees, representing more than 90 percent of its staff, received  influenza vaccinations during the past season of the Minnesota FluSafe program. The facility received a blue ribbon and certificate of achievement from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger for its efforts.

This was the 3rd year in a row HCMC was recognized for its flu vaccination program with more than 90 percent participation. Continue reading

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Emily C. Blomberg named HCMC’s Chief Operating Officer

Blomberg, Emily#216Emily C. Blomberg recently joined Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Blomberg joins HCMC from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston where she was the Vice President of Health System Operations. Prior to her work in Texas she directed business development for the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Health in Madison. She earned a Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

“Emily brings a unique, diverse skill set to our organization and we’re delighted to have her on board,” explains HCMC CEO Dr. Jon Pryor. “Her oversight of all Hennepin Healthcare System operations provides leadership that will help align our focus and structure with the future direction of healthcare.”

As COO, Blomberg is responsible for ancillary services at HCMC including Radiology, Pharmacy, and Laboratory, as well as operational and support functions including Information Technology,  Environmental Services, Facilities, Security, Nutrition Services, and the Enterprise Project Management Office.



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Teddy Bear Clinic takes the “scare” out of care for kids visiting the emergency department

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Kids are invited to bring their favorite Teddy Bears to Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Emergency Department on Saturday, September 30 from 8am to 11am for a special Teddy Bear Clinic.

Teddy Bears will be “admitted” and after being examined may have a variety of procedures performed including blood pressure and heart rate checks, injections, stitches, x-rays, or a splint or bandage placed on their paws.

“Teddy Bears — or any kind of comfort aid like a favorite toy, blanket or doll — are always welcome in the emergency department,” explains Dr. Ashley Strobel.

The Teddy Bear Clinic was originally scheduled for May 20 of this year, but had to be rescheduled due to the measles outbreak.

“Thanks to successful vaccination and early intervention programs, the measles resurgence has passed for this season. We’re so excited for our Teddy Bear Clinic after last year’s fun event,” said Dr. Strobel.

The clinic will also feature trauma prevention activities, ambulance and fire truck tours, and free bike helmet give-ways (while supplies last). For more information, go to hcmc.org/teddy 

Five ways to help your child’s experience in the emergency department. 

For more than 130 years, Hennepin County Medical Center has successfully taken care of critically injured and ill children. That experience makes a huge difference when a child’s life is at risk. HCMC is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with the right people and equipment in place, ready to care for critically injured children from the time of injury through rehabilitation.

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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 up to four three-year terms on the Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS) Board of Directors, beginning in January 2018. HHS, doing business as Hennepin County Medical Center, is a public corporation operated as a subsidiary of Hennepin County. Its purpose is to engage in the organization and delivery of health care and related services to the general public, including the indigent, and to conduct related programs of education and research.

Potential candidates will be considered by the Executive and Governance Committee of the HHS Board of Directors, whose recommendations will be considered by the full HHS Board. That 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 HHS 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 and 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, finance, 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 Craig Caldwell-Krizan, S6, Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1676, to be received no later than Friday, October 6, 2017.

More information about the corporation can be found at www.hcmc.org.


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Family, friends of 9-time Ironman Triathlete hold fundraiser to support brain injury research at HCMC


Ironman Triathlete Charlene Barron

Family and friends of the late Charlene Barron – a dedicated runner, biker and swimmer – are sponsoring Charlene’s Dog Run on September 10, 2017 to support brain injury research at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Barron ran 20 Twin Cities and 8 Boston Marathons, among her more than 40 marathon races.  The year the bomb went off in Boston she was only 100 yards from the finish at the time of the explosion; her time was 4:08. She also completed 9 Ironman Triathlons, including the World Championship Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii at age 60, and skied 30 American Birkebeiners in Hayward, WI.

On the morning of Aug 17, 2016, Charlene was riding with her friend and training partner Sarah Goullaud. “It was a beautiful sunny morning and the biking conditions were exceptional,” said Goullaud. “We started our bike ride at 8:30am heading south into the wind. We planned on riding 20-25 miles. Charlene was in front of me until we got to the intersection where I went in front of her. We turned right onto a lovely road. The only thing unusual was that she usually rode in front of me – but I knew she would catch up with me soon.”

“The next thing I heard was metal on the pavement. When I looked back Charlene was not moving, in the middle of the road, unresponsive, feet still clipped into her pedals. As I went running towards her yelling, my first concern was that a car would come along and hit her.”

Barron was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where she was diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury, shoulder fracture, four rib fractures, a lung contusion, pelvic, sacrum and spine fractures.  She was taken straight from the stabilization room to the operating room where she underwent immediate surgery to relieve pressure and bleeding on both sides of her brain. This was the first of what would ultimately be five neurosurgical operations to try and restore neurologic function. Despite best efforts, she ultimately died from complications related to her brain injury.

Barron’s friends and family have chosen to honor her memory and relentless spirit by holding a fundraiser to support brain injury prevention. “She was one of the strongest women I knew, both emotionally and physically,” said her husband, Dr. Steve Barron. When their son Adam died in 2006, “she held our family together and she inspired all of us by her energy and resilience throughout her life.”
“Because Charlene loved her dogs, and they were her constant running companions for many years, we decided to hold a dog run at Baker Park,” he explained.

Charlene’s Dog Run will occur on Sunday, September 10, 2017 with registration at 8:00 and a 9:00 AM start time.  Registration and more information is at tinyurl.com/charlenesrun.

The fundraiser will support research investigating whether neck strengthening can contribute to decreased incidence, severity and duration of concussion symptoms in 1500 youth athletes recruited at seven Minneapolis/St Paul area schools. The research is being conducted by Dr. Uzma Samadani and colleagues from Hennepin County Medical Center’s Brain Injury Research Lab.

“We are honored to be the benefactor of this fundraiser inspired by the memory of such a tremendous role model,” said Dr. Samadani. “We hope that our work will reflect favorably on her legacy.  She clearly was a woman who understood the risk/benefit of sports and we hope that our research will lead to improved understanding of how to decrease the risk of brain injury associated with sports benefiting future generations of athletes.”

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