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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Siblings bonded by a kidney, sense of humor, and organ donation message

On Wednesday, April 11 at 11:05am Hennepin Healthcare will celebrate the thousands of lives changed thanks to its 55th year of kidney transplant at a flag-raising ceremony outside HCMC’s 717 South 6th St. entrance. Every year Hennepin Healthcare honors donors and their families who have given organs, tissue, eyes and blood at this flag-raising ceremony to mark National Donate Life Month.

Attending this year’s Donate Life celebration will be special guests John Nelson, who received a kidney from his sister, Kris Roberts on October 23, 1975 – 42 years ago! Nelson and Roberts will be driving all the way from South Dakota for the flag-raising ceremony.

“So much has happened in the past 42 years that would not have been possible without my sister’s generous donation,” explains Nelson, a 75-year-old who retired from a successful career in the South Dakota Health Department.

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Kris and John in 1975 at dialysis

“I was on dialysis in 1974 and at that time the life expectancy for someone with my diagnosis was 5 years. But after transplant surgery, I went on to complete a 35-year career in public heath microbiology. My wife and I have been married for 53 years. Thirty-nine years ago we adopted our daughter, and we now also have a grandson.”

“In my mind, there was no decision to be made,” said Kris Roberts when asked about her decision to donate her kidney to her brother. “As soon as I heard that he needed a kidney, I wanted to help. It was a great honor to improve his life.” Continue reading

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State-of-the-art Clinic & Specialty Center to open in late March in downtown Minneapolis

 

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When the doors of the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center open on March 26, 2018, patients will find their familiar caregivers in an inviting, convenient new building located on the campus in downtown Minneapolis. What they won’t find are multiple entrances, long skyways, and three block walks from the parking ramp their clinic. The new Clinic & Specialty Center has eliminated complicated wayfinding and created a seamless, patient-friendly experience – beginning with something simple as parking.

“Parking and convenient access are fundamental needs, which can be hard to accommodate downtown,” said Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO. “So we built two levels of parking below the building with elevators that bring patients directly to the floor of their appointment. No more long walks from parking ramps and bus stops to get to our clinics.”     Continue reading

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Hennepin Healthcare offers access across an integrated system of care

A 130-year-old Minnesota healthcare system is now known as Hennepin Healthcare. The new name was introduced to promote greater understanding of the connected services offered across the system and how consumers can access care.

“We provide a breadth of quality healthcare services in our clinics and hospital, along with medical education, research, and innovation that touches almost every person in every corner of the state, but our identity as a single hospital limited consumers’ understanding of all that we offer,” said CEO Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA.

Hennepin Healthcare is the new identity for the integrated system that includes the hospital, HCMC; a new 377,000 square foot Clinic & Specialty Center opening in downtown Minneapolis later in March; multiple clinics and pharmacies in Minneapolis and suburban neighborhoods; MVNA home care; Hospice of the Twin Cities; the Advantage and Horizon care networks; Upstream Health Innovation; Hennepin Health Foundation; Hennepin EMS, and the Minnesota Poison Control System. Continue reading

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HCMC first in U.S. to use ResQCPR System in its Emergency Department for patients with cardiac arrest

Emergency department personnel at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) are now using the ResQCPR™ System to care for cardiac arrest patients. HCMC is the first hospital in the U.S. to use the system that relies on intrathoracic pressure regulation (IPR) therapy to improve circulation to vital organs. It’s the only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device system approved by the FDA to improve the likelihood of survival in adults who have experienced non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest.

“Since its approval in spring 2016 by the FDA, the ResQCPR System has been increasingly used throughout the country in the pre-hospital setting, including here in Minneapolis,” explains Johanna Moore, MD MS, an HCMC emergency physician and CPR researcher.

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Dr. Johanna Moore with the two components of the ResQPump System: the ResQPUMP® ACD-CPR Device and the ResQPOD® ITD 16

“However, use of the system had not extended to the hospital until we chose to use it this winter 2017 in the HCMC Emergency Department to improve care of our cardiac arrest patients.”

In May of 2017, Hennepin EMS and the Minneapolis Fire Department were among the first EMS operations in the United States to adopt a new medical device combination, the ResQCPR™ System from ZOLL® Medical Corporation, which was shown in a large study to improve survival to one year from out-of-hospital, non-traumatic cardiac arrest by 49% when compared to treatment with conventional CPR. (1) Continue reading

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