Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

Hennepin Healthcare has been awarded LEED Gold Certification for its Clinic & Specialty Center that opened in March of 2018. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

LEED certification was achieved for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Studies have confirmed that the environment can have an impact on human health,” said Bill Howden, director of facilities and master campus planning at Hennepin Healthcare. “Following sustainable building practices is yet another way we can achieve our vision of transforming the health of the community, while at the same time doing what’s right for the environment.”

Achieving LEED Gold Certification is definitely quite an outstanding accomplishment for a site that was once defined as “brownfield” with past uses including a filling/service station, dry cleaning business, tin shop, machine shop, printing business, and light manufacturing business that was likely contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum products. While building the Clinic & Specialty Center, steps were taken to remediate the environmental contamination.

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Native and adapted plant species are featured in landscaping.

Maximizing outdoor open spaces, providing convenient access to public transit, incorporating environmentally friendly landscaping, and focusing on a healthy indoor environment all factored into the building’s LEED Gold Certification.

 

“The underground retention and infiltration system that’s installed beneath the ‘pocket park’ reduces rainwater run-off and recharges the aquifers,” said Howden. “And the building’s landscaping incorporates native and adapted plant species to preserve irrigation resources. They are simple strategies that integrate beauty and beneficial design.”

The Clinic & Specialty Center is Hennepin Healthcare’s second building to achieve LEED certification. Whittier Clinic also achieved LEED certification and was the first healthcare facility in Minneapolis to be awarded certification under LEED for New Construction at any level.

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 484-bed academic medical center, a large outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center, and a network of clinics downtown and in the North Loop, Whittier, and East Lake Street neighborhoods of Minneapolis, and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. Hennepin Healthcare has a large psychiatric program, home care and hospice, and operates a research institute, innovation center and philanthropic foundation. The system is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.

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Preemie “graduates” after spending entire 515 days of life in hospital

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Oliver Rodriguez-Ocampo has spent each of his 515 days of life at HCMC since his birth on July 20 of last year. To celebrate his “graduation” from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and now the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to home, staff at Hennepin Healthcare are having a graduation open house for Oliver from 11am to 1pm today. His “graduation” will include a cap and gown, cake and refreshments.

“We’ve grown awfully close to this little guy,” explains Katie O’Hearn, Child Life Specialist who was one of the organizers of the event. “As far as we know, he’s had one of the longest stays as an inpatient baby we’ve had here in at least 18 years. He’s got each and every one of us wrapped around his adorable little fingers.”

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital located in downtown Minneapolis offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care, including The Birth Center.

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Oliver got a visit from Jason Zucker with the Minnesota Wild before his graduation day.

 

 

 

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Hennepin EMS and Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Medicine offer first aid training for encampment leaders

Hennepin EMS and Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Medicine professionals are offering an overdose first aid training session for leaders of the south Minneapolis homeless encampment, as well as a few leaders of the broader American Indian community. The training will take place Tuesday, November 20 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center at 2pm.

Mannequin stations will be set up for a visual demonstration and discussion of basic airway techniques and use of Narcan. Physicians and Hennepin EMS instructors will be available for interviews after the educational session.   

What:              Overdose First Aid Training Session
When:              2pm, Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Where:            Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Who:                Hennepin EMS and Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Medicine

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The system is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.

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Decrease in daylight can cause anxiety about seasonal changes

Aerial drone view of wineyards fields from the top at the sunset. Drone Aerial View Concept.Autumn is the season of harvest, bright fall colors, sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes. It is also a reminder that winter is right around the corner. As the amount of sunlight continues to decrease, one might notice her or his energy decreasing as well. This noticeable drop in energy is not uncommon for us living north of the equator. Many also report an increase in sadness, carbohydrate and sweet cravings, as well as withdrawing from physical and social activities.

If you have noticed a few of these changes, you are not alone. Some may refer to the changes in mood that align with the seasons, seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It is hard to know the prevalence of SAD due to unreported cases, undiagnosed SAD, or the co-occurrence of SAD symptoms with other health conditions; however, an article in 2015 written by Sherri Melrose estimated that 9% of Alaskan residents have a SAD diagnosis compared to 1% of Florida residents. The data reported by this article supports the theory that regions in the northern latitude have a higher prevalence of SAD, and sadly, that includes us Minnesotans. 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 up to four three-year terms on the Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS) Board of Directors, beginning in January 2018. 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 engage in the organization and delivery of health care and related services to the general public and to conduct related programs of education and research.

Potential candidates will be considered by the Executive and Governance Committee of the Hennepin Healthcare Board of Directors, whose recommendations will be considered by the full Hennepin Healthcare Board. The Hennepin Healthcare 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, 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 Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

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

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Female surgeons make up more than half of Hennepin Healthcare’s orthopedic team

A quintessential component to a nationally recognized, academic, Level I Trauma Center is a highly skilled, dynamic, cohesive orthopedic department to care for fractures, dislocations, tears and sprains. This is what Hennepin Healthcare has – but our orthopedic department is unusual in one respect: five out of nine of our orthopedic surgeons are women. Around the world, women only make up 5 percent of the practicing orthopedic surgeons – which makes our orthopedic team world-class and unique!

“And currently women make up only 14.2 percent of orthopedic surgery residents,” explains Dr. Gudrun Mirick Mueller, one of the orthopedic surgeons at Hennepin Healthcare. “Depending on which year’s data you look at, it’s either orthopedics or neurosurgery who has the lowest number of female surgeons.”

Dr. Mirick Mueller practices with her colleagues Dr. Jacqueline Geissler, Dr. Nancy Luger, Dr. Emily Wagstrom and Dr. Jessica Downes in the fast-paced orthopedics department at Hennepin Healthcare, where they treat everything from ankle fractures to shoulder replacements. Continue reading

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Hennepin Healthcare NICU Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hennepin Healthcare has a 50-year history of clinical excellence and advances in care for neonates.  To commemorate this event, we’re bringing past patients and family members and current and former staff together for a special celebration.

What: 50th Anniversary of Hennepin Healthcare’s NICU
When:  Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 am – 12:00 pm.
Where: Community Room at the Clinic & Specialty Center, located at 715 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Parking is free and available in the ramp below the Clinic and Specialty Center.

The celebration will include activities for the kids, a visit by Bernie the rescue dog, a retrospective on the advances in NICU care over the last 50 years, and refreshments.

The 21-bed Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hennepin Healthcare provides the highest level of care in a warm and nurturing environment to infants in distress at birth, those requiring close observation, and those transferred from other facilities for treatment of neonatal diseases. Uniquely located within the Birth Center and staffed around the clock, NICU services are available to delivering mothers at a moment’s notice.

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