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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Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center installs United States’ first pass-through endoscope reprocessor to enhance patient safety

Advanced technology from Medivators, Cantel Medical’s Endoscopy division, will help establish organization’s endoscope reprocessing department as new gold standard

IMG_0637Hennepin Healthcare, a comprehensive health system dedicated to advancing today’s endoscope reprocessing standards, announced today its partnership with Cantel Medical to install the ADVANTAGE PLUS™ Pass-Thru Automated Endoscope Reprocessor (AER), the nation’s very first pass-through AER.

Due to highly complex device designs and conflicting industry reprocessing standards, healthcare facilities nationwide have experienced challenges to standardize processes that safely disinfect flexible endoscopes. While many today meet basic industry standards for high-level disinfection of flexible endoscopes, there is still more that can be done to ensure an endoscope is clean to better protect patients from infections.

The ADVANTAGE PLUS Pass-Thru Automated Endoscope Reprocessor establishes a physical separation between dirty and clean reprocessing areas to support a one-way workflow that streamlines processes while minimizing the risk of cross contamination and human error. The pass-through approach completely revolutionizes the endoscope reprocessing room, elevating the process from meeting minimum standards to achieving best practices.

“At Hennepin Healthcare, our patients come first and we want to do everything we can to ensure they receive the best possible care at our facilities,” said Uggen Jigmey, Sterile Processing Department Manager, Hennepin Healthcare. “The ADVANTAGE PLUS Pass-Thru AER, along with other innovations from Medivators, help us elevate our reprocessing workflow to increase efficiency and enhance infection prevention to the highest level possible. This is an element of our work that patients should never have to think about – and yet it’s our highest priority.”

In addition to installing the first U.S. pass-through AER, Hennepin Healthcare completely transformed its endoscope reprocessing room during the building of its new Clinic and Specialty Center. Hennepin Healthcare has reimagined its reprocessing area with the best of endoscope reprocessing innovations, including:

  • Ergonomic power lift sinks to reduce technician fatigue and promote proper posture.
  • Veriscan™ LT Leak Detection System to check for damage between each patient procedure.
  • Endoscope cassettes that only require technicians to handle endoscopes once from high-level disinfection to pre-procedure transportation, saving time and reducing potential for cross contamination.
  • Pass-through ENDODRY™ Cabinets that digitally track drying and storage times and include secure storage that requires staff credentials for access.
  • Covered transport for all scopes that indicate whether a scope is clean or dirty based on the cover color.

“The current industry standards are not enough to ensure patient safety and positive outcomes,” said Jigmey. “We had a vision to elevate endoscope reprocessing well beyond the industry’s current standard practices so our staff and patients can be confident in the quality of endoscope being used.”

There is peace of mind knowing the scopes I use on my patients have gone through this new gold standard of endoscope reprocessing,” said Jake Matlock, MD, GI Physician at Hennepin Healthcare. “I want my patients to have the best possible outcomes, and that starts with safely getting a quality specimen for proper diagnosis to inform the right treatment pathway.”

“Hennepin Healthcare is committed to leveraging the most innovative and effective equipment that incorporates best practices from around the globe to establish a world class endoscope reprocessing program,” said Darren Dahlin, Senior Product Manager, Medivators. “They are setting an example of excellence for the industry and we share their enthusiasm for raising the endoscope reprocessing quality bar.”

As part of continuing renovations, Hennepin Healthcare will upgrade all of its flexible endoscope reprocessing facilities to the new system in the next 18 months. The existing system meets – and in many ways already exceeds – current industry standards, but Hennepin Healthcare is committed to elevating endoscope reprocessing across the entire organization.

“The new construction we are undertaking gives us a chance to stop and think about what we can do differently to provide better care for our patients,” said Jigmey. “To us, it’s about more than just adding a new technology – we want to help shift the mindset of the industry to do better. The industry expertise, progressive thinking, innovative technology and overall commitment to quality improvement that the Medivators team brings to this project has been critical to helping us lead the way in a new era of endoscope reprocessing.”

About Hennepin Healthcare
Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS) is a comprehensive health care system that includes HCMC, a 484-bed Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, as well as primary care and specialty care clinics located in downtown Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. In 2018, HHS opened its new Clinic & Specialty Center downtown offering convenient, easy access to clinics and specialty services, including a comprehensive GI lab providing state-of-the-art colonoscopy and endoscopy services. For more information, go to www.hennepinhealthcare.org.

About Cantel Medical
Cantel Medical is a leading global company dedicated to delivering innovative infection prevention and control products and services for patients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers which improve outcomes, enhance safety and help save lives. Cantel has more than 20 years of experience in infection prevention and our products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for endoscopy and renal dialysis, advanced water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, sterility assurance monitoring products for hospitals and dental clinics, disposable infection control products primarily for dental and GI endoscopy markets, dialysate concentrates, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products. Additionally, we provide technical service for our products. For further information, visit the Cantel website at www.cantelmedical.com.

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Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center adds patient-friendly, fast-scanning MRI to its comprehensive imaging services

IMG_0320Hennepin Healthcare Radiology again demonstrates its commitment to excellence by offering state-of-the-art MR imaging with the first MR scanner in Minnesota that includes Compressed Sense. This new technology reduces the length it takes to create diagnostic images by up to 50 percent. This scanner is one of the many innovative solutions found in Hennepin’s new Clinic & Specialty Center.

“We are excited to offer the Philips Ingenia Elition 3.0 MRI with Compressed Sense system to our patients,” explains Chip Truwit, Chief of Radiology at Hennepin Healthcare. “Not only does it capture the diagnostic images we need in a shorter amount of time – the quality and process is so superior that it also significantly reduces the need for re-scans. This is a huge benefit to our patients – and to our workflow.”

Part of that process includes the Philips Ambient Experience, which offers an immersive audio-visual experience to calm patients and guide them through MR examinations. Patients can choose themes to watch during their exam to help shift their focus away from the scanner. This, along with more space and in-bore lighting help patients feel more comfortable and less confined while being scanned.

“By reducing our patients’ anxiety, as well as enhancing their experience, we are able to optimize our image acquisition and fulfill the increasing demand for MR scans being ordered each day,” said Dr. Truwit.” In addition, this fall, the Hennepin scanner will feature an entirely new means of accommodating the slight respiratory motion seen in almost all patients in MR scanners.

The innovative MR technology and new CT scanners are strategically and conveniently located on the first floor of Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center adjacent to the Orthopedic Clinic and Comprehensive Cancer Center where patients have the highest need for diagnostic imaging services.

Hennepin Healthcare’s comprehensive radiology services include interventional radiology, X-rays, CT scans, mammography, angioplasty, ultrasound, MRI, and other special procedures – many of which are available at HCMC and the Clinic & Specialty Center, and at Whittier Imaging at Whittier Clinic in South Minneapolis.

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