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 “Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50 years of teamwork”

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 “Dr. David Hilden elected Vice President of Medical Affairs”

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

Hennepin Healthcare leaders recognized by Women’s Health Leadership TRUST

Three Hennepin Healthcare leaders are receiving Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Awards. The TRUST is an organization with a mission to recognize and support women leaders who work in the health care industry and Hennepin Healthcare is well-represented in their 2019 awards:

Theresa Pesch, RN, VP of Philanthropy and President of the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, is receiving the 2019 Jean Harris Award. This prestigious annual award is given to those that support the vision of The TRUST to create healthier communities by realizing women’s leadership potential. It is named in honor of Jean Harris, who was a distinguished physician, politician and visionary with a long list of achievements.

Helen Kim, MD, Medical Director, Mother-Baby Program/Redleaf Center for Family Healing, is receiving a Leadership Award. This award celebrates a woman who is viewed by her team, peers, and superiors as an exceptional, imaginative, creative, and resourceful leader.

Susan Jepson, MPH, BSN, VP of Health Care Innovation is receiving an Innovation and Technology Award that honors innovative women who lead technological advances in health care that improve health outcomes and patient care.

The presence of three leaders on the select list of recipients is a point of pride for Hennepin Healthcare.  Pesch, Kim and Jepson will receive the honors at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Forum on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

 

 

 

 

Got a brain injury question? Ask an expert on March 13

Public invited to “Ask the Brain Injury Experts” event

Brain Injury Awareness Month bundle_FB post hUnlike a wrist or ankle fracture where a cast, splint or minor surgery can help return function back to “normal,” an injury to the brain can present unique challenges. No two brain injuries are alike; recovery and treatment recommendations are based on the severity of the injury and other factors – and can have life-changing effects.

Hennepin Healthcare’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center cares for more than 3,000 patients each year, providing a full range of state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitative services from prevention to emergency care, neurosurgery, critical care, rehabilitation and the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program.

Experts from many of those services will be available to answer questions in person at the “Ask the Brain Injury Experts” event on Wednesday, March 13 from noon-1pm at the M. Stillman Education and Community Center located on the first floor of the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center. A live Twitter chat will also take place during that time so anyone who cannot attend in person can ask questions using the hashtags #TBIMonth and #TBIChat to @hennepinhc.

What:              Ask the Brain Injury Experts
When:             Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from noon to 1pm
Where:            Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center
715 S. 8th St. Mpls., MN 55404, 1st Floor M. Stillman Education and Community Center (Parking is available beneath the building.)

Throughout the month of March the TBI Center is sponsoring educational events for the public to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. Although they are free, some of these events require registration. More information is available at  hennepinhealthcare.org/tbimonth 

Each year, more than 2.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Among children and young adults, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability. In Minnesota, nearly 100,000 brain injuries occur annually. A large percentage of those injuries are mild to moderate cases and often go untreated. As a Level I Trauma Center, Hennepin Healthcare admits and treats the most traumatic brain injuries in the state. For more information about TBI programs and services, go to hennepinhealthcare.org/tbi

 

Hennepin Healthcare System CEO announces resignation

Today Hennepin Healthcare System Chief Executive Officer Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, announced his resignation. The healthcare system board will meet this week to consider John Cumming, MD, MBA as acting chief executive.

“It has been an honor to lead this outstanding organization for the past six years,” said Pryor. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such passionate, mission-driven people who are so thoroughly committed to caring for our community.”

Pryor joined Hennepin Healthcare System in April, 2013. Under his leadership the system expanded its clinic network by opening clinics in new markets and renovating and expanding existing clinics.

In 2015, the system added home care and hospice through the integration of MVNA and last year Hennepin Healthcare System opened a six-story, 377,000 sq. ft. Clinic & Specialty Center consolidating most of its clinics on the downtown campus into a new state-of-the-art facility.

“We are grateful to Dr. Pryor for leading us through this period of growth,” said Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, Hennepin Healthcare System board chair. “He is an innovator who helped the organization reconnect with the community and Hennepin Healthcare System is stronger today because of his leadership.”

A search for a new CEO will begin later this month.

About Hennepin Healthcare System
Hennepin Healthcare System is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and a growing network of neighborhood clinics. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 473-bed hospital, a large outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center, and a network of neighborhood clinics downtown and in the North Loop, Whittier, and East Lake Street neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. Hennepin Healthcare System has a large psychiatric program, EMS service, home care and hospice, and operates a research institute, innovation center and philanthropic foundation.  

 

 

 

University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare Medical experts restore movement and autonomic function in patients with complete paralysis

Study demonstrates spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for chronic spinal cord injury

There are more than 290,000 people estimated to be living in the United States with a spinal cord injury. Previously, it has been shown that it is possible to restore some function to young and healthy patients within a few years of injury. Now, researchers show spinal cord stimulation can immediately restore some voluntary movement and autonomic functions such as cardiovascular, bowel, and bladder years after a paralyzing injury without any significant rehabilitation.

“This was an opportunity to use epidural stimulation, combine my background in mathematics, collaborate with people from multiple disciplines including biomedical engineering and set up a truly innovative trial,” said Dr. David Darrow, a neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a lead investigator for the E-STAND Clinical trial. He is also a senior neurosurgery resident at Hennepin Healthcare and University of Minnesota Medical Center. “We wanted to push the envelope for patients. Once we determined it worked, we moved on to knocking down other barriers to translation to patient care.”

In a study recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, Darrow and his colleagues implanted the first series of female patients who both suffered devastating traumatic spinal cord injury.  Both patients had no lower body function whatsoever and MRIs showing very little residual spinal cord at the level of injury. The two women were five and ten years from injury and in their 5th and 6th decade of life, which is much closer to the average patient with spinal cord injury compared to the work of other investigators.

“Enabling someone to move her legs more than 10 years after being paralyzed from spinal cord injury has been one of the greatest moments of my career, “ said Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery University of Minnesota Medical School and Neurosurgeon with Hennepin Healthcare. “I am grateful to my colleagues for their mutual hard work during the 2 years it took to get from idea to the first operation.”

In this study researchers expanded the inclusion guidelines of who could receive epidural stimulation.

“We believe that we are studying a population that is much closer to the general population of patients with spinal cord injury,” said Darrow. “We have opened the doors to so many more patients with traumatic spinal cord injury.”

“While we are excited for all this could mean for patients, there is still a lot of research to be done, both with this therapy and through other avenues, many of which we are studying at the University of Minnesota,” said Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Parr has an active translational spinal cord injury research laboratory at the Stem Cell Institute.

This work was made possible by a grant through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education SCI/TBI Grant Program and collaboration of an interdisciplinary group spread across four institutions.  The stimulation devices were a gift from Abbott (formerly St. Jude’s).

About the University of Minnesota Medical School
The University of Minnesota Medical School is at the forefront of learning and discovery, transforming medical care and educating the next generation of physicians. Our graduates and faculty produce high-impact biomedical research and advance the practice of medicine. Visit med.umn.edu to learn how the University of Minnesota is innovating all aspects of medicine.

About Hennepin Healthcare
Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system that includes HCMC, a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), as well as a large outpatient Clinic and Specialty Center and a network of clinics in downtown Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.

HHRI supports and oversees the medical research conducted at HCMC, where the more than 10,000 trauma patients are cared for each year. Visit hennepinhealthcare.org for more details about the comprehensive services and hhrinstitute.org for innovative research taking place at Minnesota’s Level I Trauma Center.

Contact: Krystle Barbour
Media Relations Manager, University of Minnesota Medical School
kbarbour@umn.edu
612-626-2767

Contact: Christine Hill
Sr. Media Relations Specialist, Hennepin Healthcare
christine.hill@hcmed.org
612-873-5719