Hennepin Healthcare Awarded Top Quality Honor by America’s Essential Hospitals

Lynn 1America’s Essential Hospitals, which represents more than 300 hospitals that care for low-income and other marginalized people, awarded Hennepin Healthcare the 2021 Gage Award for Quality Improvement for work to reduce readmission rates for those experiencing homelessness. This population is often unable to prioritize medical care due to competing priorities of daily survival and frequently has higher rates of emergency department and inpatient utilization. Studies report those experiencing homelessness are four times more likely to be hospitalized and at greater risk for readmissions and prolonged hospital stays. The association presented the award June 24 at its virtual annual conference.

Hennepin Healthcare’s efforts to reduce readmission rates was based on an analysis showing that housing instability was a major contributing factor to 30-day readmissions, affecting 75 percent of patient charts reviewed. Hennepin Healthcare partnered with Hennepin Health, a county-based accountable care organization (ACO), to proactively identify and respond to social determinants of health to reduce readmissions in the ACO population experiencing homelessness. As a result of this work, readmissions went down by 3.7 percent for the global ACO population over a 1 year period, and 12.4% for the target population that connected to services. Continue reading “Hennepin Healthcare Awarded Top Quality Honor by America’s Essential Hospitals”

Nneka O. Sederstrom named Chief Health Equity Officer

nneka-sederstrom-v3Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM has joined Hennepin Healthcare as its Chief Health Equity Officer. In this role, Dr. Sederstrom joins Hennepin Healthcare’s Executive Leadership Team to drive organizational work to assess, build, and execute strategies to cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and transform how care is delivered. She is a recognized national speaker on many topics including racism, racial disparities, bias, crisis standards of care and treatment, end-of-life care and many aspects of diversity and ethics.

Working collaboratively with teams from across Hennepin Healthcare, Dr. Sederstrom will develop and implement sustainable practices that foster and affirm a patient care environment where disparities are eliminated and all patients can achieve optimal health outcomes. She will also foster community involvement through Hennepin Healthcare’s Community Advisory Board and build other alliances and partnerships to better align care and service models with the communities served by the healthcare system.

“Dr. Sederstrom brings a proven record as a change agent, the ability to bring diverse groups forward together realizing the importance of everyone’s role in optimal health and healing, and proven leadership transforming clinical practice to realized health outcomes,” said Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jennifer DeCubellis.

This extensive leadership experience in program development, training, speaking and writing about racism, social justice, ethics, and their impact on the delivery of healthcare comes from many significant roles held by Dr. Sederstrom, including most recently her position as Director of Clinical Ethics Department at Children’s Minnesota. Prior to this she was the Director of the Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where she also led the Spiritual Care Department and she was the creator and Executive Director of the Journal of Hospital Ethics.

On a local level, Dr. Sederstrom serves on the MN COVID Ethics Collaborative, Metro Compact Critical Care Core, Minnesota Medical Association Ethics and Legal Committee, and is Vice Chair of the Make-A-Wish Minnesota board of directors.

Dr. Sederstrom earned a BA in Philosophy from George Washington University, MA in Philosophy and PhD in Sociology from Howard University, and a MPH in Global Health Management from George Washington University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.

“We feel strongly that to change the trajectory of our community, we need to change how healthcare is delivered from the ground up,” explains DeCubellis. “Dr. Sederstrom brings the vision, energy, and leadership to advance us on that journey. We are excited to welcome her and leverage the incredible talent across our organization in partnership with her to drive this work forward.”