HCMC in the News

Hennepin County Medical Center in the News
View recent medical stories from local and national media featuring experts from Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Delivery driver shot in heart tells his story
WCCO 4, 7/27/16
A Minneapolis pizza driver who was shot in the heart and minutes from dying is alive to tell his story.

“It’s amazing to be a part of that and to see someone make that kind of recovery,” said HCMC’s Dr. Mark Hill. 

Dew points reach dangerous levels
NW Cable 12, 7/21/16
“It’s going to be a tough day for a lot of people who work outside,” said Dr. Jim Miner of Hennepin County Medical Center. “We’re not used to heat in Minnesota, so it takes a while for your body to acclimate to being too warm.”

Staying safe and cool in a Minneapolis heatwave
Downtown Journal, 7/20/16
James Miner, chief of emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center and professor of emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota, expects a lot of people to get sick.

It is not very common for people to be treated for heat-related illnesses unless it is very hot, Miner said, and it is going to be very hot.

Interactive map can help find cool public places
NW Cable 12 News, 7/20/16
People without air conditioning will want to escape the heat later this week. Hennepin County has developed a map to find public places where you can cool off. Dr. James Miner offers heat safety tips.

Heavy rain, dangerous heat on way with high temps near 100 in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 7/19/16
With conditions like that in the forecast, Jim Miner, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, says heat exhaustion can set in quickly. One of the best ways to beat the heat is to drink lots of water.

2016 Outstanding Nurses Awards
Mpls/StPaul Magazine, 7/18/16
On July 14, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine celebrated excellence in Twin Cities nursing by toasting 74 finalists and recognizing 16 winners of our coveted Outstanding Nurses Awards.The Award for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner went to Luann Johnson, Hennepin County Medical Center

Health systems are betting on primary care
Star Tribune, 7/9/16
Hennepin County Medical Center is opening a new clinic in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, while Bloomington-based HealthPartners is providing more walk-in care at its clinics.

Under Affordable Care Act, growing use of ‘community health workers’
Stateline/The Pew Charitable Trusts, 7/8/16
A 2014 study in St. Johnsbury, Vt., found that patients who saw community health workers were more likely to follow through on treatment and had better access to prescription drugs, health insurance, housing and health education. And doctors said using community health workers enables them to focus more on their patients’ clinical needs.

Kristen Godfrey Walters, community care coordinator for Minneapolis’ Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), said her hospital has gotten similar results. Under the hospital’s Health Care Home program, which relies heavily on 33 community health workers, there was a one-year 29 percent decrease in hospitalizations and emergency room use dropped 21 percent. A preliminary analysis also showed a decline in claims costs, she said.

Narcan used to fight growing opioid epidemic
KSTP 5, 7/1/16
“To identify that it is actually an overdose from heroin or opioids. That can be a bit of a challenge,” said Tim Carpenter, Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services.

Wire grill brushes can cause clean-up troubles of their own
Star Tribune, 7/1/16
Deborah Zvosec went to Hennepin County Medical Center because she felt discomfort. Imaging scans found a 1.7 centimeter wire segment embedded deep in her tongue near the back of her throat.

Foreign Accent Syndrome
WCCO Radio, 6/28/16
John Williams talks to HCMC neurologist Dr. Adam Loavenbruck about Foreign Accent Syndrome.

5 Safety-net hospitals, systems to know, part 3
Becker’s Hospital Review, 6/28/16 
HCMC houses Minnesota’s premier Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers. The hospital places serious emphasis on creating diverse, inclusive and culturally competent environments for both employees and patients.

IKEA recalls 29M MALM dressers after 6 kids die
KARE 11, 6/28/16
Julie Philbrook, a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center, helps families prevent accidents as a Trauma Prevention Specialist.

She says the IKEA dresser accidents aren’t limited to the Malm dresser but any piece of furniture that can be climbed on and isn’t secure.

Big Lake death shines spotlight on electric shock drowning
WCCO 4, 6/28/16
Chief of emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, Dr. Jim Miner says the electric shocks cause intense pain. But in a lake, pool or tub, it’s far worse.

Teen recovers from electric shock
KARE 11, 6/27/16
“This would have been a totally different outcome,” said Dr. Andrew Kiragu.

Sauk Rapids boy making “miracle” recovery after 30-foot fall, electric shock
MPR, 6/27/16
Dr. Andrew Kiragu
, medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Hennepin County Medical Center, said the recovery of Danny Fleigle has been a “miracle.”

Sartell teen who was shocked, fell 30 ft. tells survival story
Fox 9, 6/27/16
Doctors were eventually able to shock his heart and get it beating again. They say if it weren’t for his friends, he probably wouldn’t survived.

“I just want to give these young ladies kudos. Had they not done that, this young man may not be sitting here. Very remarkable. Truly a miracle,” Dr. Andrew Kiragu said.

Sauk Rapids teen who feel from bridge talks about his recovery
WCCO 4, 6/27/16
Dr. Andrew Kiragu leads HCMC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Kiragu told reporters that Danny’s injuries were multiple and complicated, any of which could have ended his life.

Doctor: Fleigle’s recovery ‘truly a miracle’
St. Cloud Times, 6/27/16
With the help of a nurse, the 16-year-old Fleigle walked from his hospital room into a conference room at Hennepin County Medical Center, where television cameras and a mob of his friends and family waited for him. A reporter asked what he would tell other thrill-seekers looking for an adventure on a closed bridge.

“If you like it, do it,” he said with a sly smile. “But be careful. Get permission.”

“I think what Danny is trying to say is ‘Don’t do it! Safety first!’ ” Dr. Andrew Kiragu interjected, to the laughter of the room. Another reporter asked if Fleigle would ever be going back to the bridge. Again with a grin, he started nodding before agreeing with his friends’ protests that he would stay away.

Sauk Rapids teen who survived fall from Old Sartell Bridge: I thought I was invincible
KSTP 5, 6/27/16
“This could have been a totally different outcome,” HCMC Pediatric ICU Physician Dr. Andrew Kiragu said, taking into account Danny’s severe injuries, which included electric shock, head trauma, a concussion, a broken rib, a broken vertebrate, an airway injury by his lung and a contusion to his heart.

Heroics of quick-thinking friends save Sauk Rapids teen jolted by electrical wire
Star Tribune, 6/27/16
“It’s truly a miracle,” (Dr. Andrew) Kiragu said. “His heart stopped beating. He died, and then he was brought back to life.”

Sauk Rapids teen recovering after shock, fall from bridge
KSTP 5, 6/24/16
A 16-year-old Sauk Rapids boy is recovering in a Minneapolis hospital after he was shocked by an electrical wire and fell while climbing on a closed bridge.

Friends credited for saving teen’s life
KARE 11, 6/24/16
Around 9:30 p.m. on June 15 police say 16-year-old Daniel Fleigle was at the old Sartell Bridge with friends. He reportedly climbed to the top of the bridge and was walking across when he grabbed a live wire, was electrically shocked, and plunged 30 feet to the bridge decking below.

 Sauk Rapids teen recovering after shock, fall from bridge
Star Tribune, 6/24/16
A 16-year-old Sauk Rapids boy is recovering in a Minneapolis hospital after he was shocked by an electrical wire and fell while climbing on a closed bridge.

Sauk Rapids teen shocked by wire in fall recovers
WCCO 4, 6/24/16
Police say Daniel Fleigle climbed to the top of the old bridge over the Mississippi River in Sartell on June 15. He grabbed a live wire and then fell to the deck 30 feet below.

Friend’s CPR helped save Minnesota teen after shock, fall from bridge
Fox 9, 6/23/16
Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis say the CPR provided by friends of Daniel Fleigle helped save the 16-year-old’s life after he was shocked by an electrical wire and fell 30 feet from the Old Sartell Bridge last week.

Sauk Rapids teen improving after fall, shock
St. Cloud Times, 6/23/16
Christine Hill, senior media relations specialist for Hennepin County Medical Center, said Daniel Fleigle, 16, has been upgraded from critical to satisfactory condition after falling from the Sartell Street bridge.

Minn. County Medical Center Named Medical Services Provider for U.S. Bank Stadium
EMSWorld, 6/23/16 
HCMC will provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and emergency medical response personnel for events in the stadium, backed by the full services of the healthcare system. 

“Our services span the spectrum of health, from primary and specialty care in our clinics, to emergency medicine, EMS, and disaster preparedness, so it’s a natural partnership for us to support the health and wellbeing of the guests who will attend events in the new stadium,” said Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO.

Hospitals face new obstacles in wake of mass shootings
National Public Radio, 6/20/16
In any situation like Orlando, there are a lot of what-ifs – questions about whether lives might have been saved if only something different had happened. The National Academy of Medicine has been trying to find some answers by studying recent mass shootings, including those at Virginia Tech, Boston and Aurora, Colo.

One of the authors of the Academy’s latest discussion paper is John Hick. He’s the medical director for emergency preparedness at Hennepin County Medical Center. That’s in Minneapolis.

Mpls. launches new “Talking is Teaching” campaign to get parents and babies talking
Star Tribune, 6/19/16
Lynne Burke, state director for Reach Out and Read, said she’s glad the mayor is calling more attention to an effort her group has been working on for several years.

Inside Hennepin County Medical Center’s downtown pediatrics clinic, dozens of books are arranged neatly in bins, ready for doctors to grab. On a recent afternoon, Dr. Rhamy Magid picked one out and carried it in to an appointment with 10-month-old Kar’melo Teetzel. The baby, gurgling happily, grabbed for the book and later tried to put it in his mouth — exactly the moves Magid had been looking for.

HCMC, Regions study for emergency brain injury waives patient consent
Star Tribune, 6/17/16
Researchers suspect that “microbleeding” in the brain may exacerbate TBIs, even though doctors typically can’t detect ruptures in tiny blood vessels. So this study will try tranexamic acid, an older drug that preserves blood clots, in the hope that it can prevent microbleeding, said Dr. Paul Nystrom, who is leading HCMC’s arm of the study.

How prepared are the Twin Cities ahead of a mass casualty emergency? 
WCCO 4, 6/14/16
“We have been preparing for these types of events since as early as 2006, and we have very specific response strategies that we work closely with our EMS, our fire and our police partners,” said Kurtis Bramer, the emergency manager of EMS at HCMC.

Physicians take to “reset room” to battle burnout
AMA Wire, 6/8/16
After surveying physicians and medical providers to assess the presence of burnout, one hospital in Minneapolis implemented several changes to their facility and processes to make sure the identified burnout triggers were addressed as soon as possible.

“We sit down with the chair of each department and review their data from this year compared to last year and try and gain some insights about where the stress or burnout might be coming from,” said Mark Linzer, MD, internal medicine specialist and director of the division of general medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Good Question: What does dairy do to us? 
WCCO 4, 6/7/16
Natalie Ikeman is a physician assistant with HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic. She says it is no secret that milk, yogurt and hard cheese are great sources of calcium.

Good Question: Can a change in seasons make us sick?
WCCO 4, 6/6/16
“Some of us are warm people and some of us are cold weather people, what you sort of like to live in. It’s the same thing with these little microorganisms,” said Dr. David Hilden.

Prince died from accidental overdose of fentanyl
Star Tribune, 6/3/16
Deaths associated with drugs slow the investigative process, because they require toxicology tests, then Olympic-level verification to determine the exact type and amount of drugs, said Fred Apple, medical director of the clinical laboratories at the Hennepin County Medical Center, which did not conduct the Prince toxicology testing.

Autopsy: Prince died from fentanyl overdose
Minnesota Public Radio, 6/2/16
Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous opiod painkillers, Dr. Charles Reznikoff, an addiction medicine specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center, said Thursday.

Medical Examiner: Prince died of accidental fentanyl overdose
Fox 9, 6/2/16
“It can be prescribed for chronic pain or acute pain, and it’s generally a very strong pain medication,” explained Dr. JoAn Laes, Addiction Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center.

Employment Pays
Healthy You, Healthy Hennepin, 6/1/16
Dashawanda Cole was having suicidal thoughts. “I didn’t think I’d actually act on them,” she recalls, now 18 months later, “but I was scared of myself. I didn’t feel safe.” She went to Hennepin County Medical Center’s Acute Psychiatric Services and asked for help.

You can save a life: How to perform the Heimlich maneuver
Star Tribune, 5/31/16
We asked Dr. Stephen Dunlop at Hennepin County Medical Center for some tips on how to administer the maneuver.

Spike in abuse reports overwhelms Hennepin County child protection system
Star Tribune, 5/28/16
About two dozen children in the past year who had nowhere else to go were admitted to the pediatric ward of Hennepin County Medical Center, said the ward’s director, Dr. Frances Prekker. Some, said Prekker, had to be confined to the ward because they might run away. Some of the children stayed in the ward for a month, Prekker said.

Astronaut with HCMC ties returns to Minneapolis
Fox 9, 5/25/16
For the first time since returning from the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren paid a visit to Minneapolis to meet with young patients and some of his former colleagues at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

NASA astronaut returns to Hennepin County Medical Center
KSTP 5, 5/25/16
After his mission on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren returned to HCMC where he completed his medical residency. Lindgren read to children and spoke about his experiences in space.

HCMC doctor returns from trip to Space Station
WCCO 4, 5/25/16
Kjell Lindgren finished his ER residency at HCMC, then became a NASA Astronaut. He returned from his mission to the International Space Station in December.

HCMC doctor turned astronaut shares love of space with kids
Star Tribune, 5/25/16
Dr. Kjell Lindgren, who recently returned from a mission on the International Space Station, read the book “Mousteronaut” to children at HCMC, where he had been a doctor. The visit was part of Lindgren’s U.S. homecoming tour.

A bunch of bears get stitches to help kids face their fear of the doctor
Bring Me The News, 5/21/16
Judging from the photos, the kids had a great time – we can’t account for the bears, however.

Hennepin County Medical Center holds “Teddy Bear Clinic”
WCCO 4, 5/21/16 
Teddy bears already know a thing or two about stitches, but on Saturday fluffy friends got shots, splints and even X-rays, Liz Collin reports (0:25).

Howard Lake Waverly track team rallies for teammate hurt in crash
WCCO 4, 5/20/16
Gavin Kritzeck was a key component of the Howard Lake Waverly track team as a sprinter.

“I just remember the airbag going off, and laying upside down in my car and being airlifted to the hospital,” Gavin said.

Teddy Bear Clinic invites children to explore HCMC’s Pediatric Emergency Dept.
Mill City Times, 5/17/16
(Press release)

Court Docs: Doctor prescribed medicine to Prince day before death
WCCO 4, 5/11/16

Dr. JoAn Laes is an addiction specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center. “Opioid withdrawal is extremely uncomfortable,” she said. “Patients I’ve talked to have likened it to an extremely bad flu. You get a lot of muscle aches, joint aches, you get really nauseous, you have a hard time sleeping, you may have some diarrhea.”

10 healthcare CEOs’ best advice, career tips for the Class of 2016
Becker’s Healthcare Review, 5/10/16
“Read the newspaper and think beyond healthcare.” – Jon Pryor, MD, CEO of Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center

Golden Valley Clinic offers “The Great Slim Down”
NW Cable 12, 5/10/16
A trip to the clinic is a normal occurrence for anyone wanting to learn more about their overall health, but Tuesday morning wasn’t one of those typical visits for Holly Constant of Minneapolis.

“I want to get fit, so not necessarily lose a lot of weight, but I want to tone up and get fit and just make it more of a lifestyle,” Constant said.

Rather than meeting with a personal trainer, Constant visits the HCMC clinic in Golden Valley once a month for a program created by physician assistant Natalie Ikeman called “The Great Slim Down.”

Officials dispute reports of Prince’s toxicology reports
WCCO 4, 5/5/16
When Prince’s body was brought to the Midwest Medical Examiner for the autopsy to determine his cause of death, toxicology tests were also performed. Lab analysis will show any presence of a controlled substance, like an opioid or pain killer.

US Attorney, DEA join Prince investigation, was set to meet addiction doctor
Fox 9, 5/4/16
“The patient either picks up the medication and takes it himself or or if it’s a medication being administered in the hospital, it’s (given by) a nurse or a medical assistant,” explained Dr. JoAn Laes of Hennepin County Medical Center.

Good Question: What’s causing people pain? 
WCCO 4, 5/4/16
“In the last several years there’s been a huge increase in the sale of prescription opiods,” said Dr. JoAn Laes, a medical toxicologist with Hennepin County Medical Center.

Emergency Department Care
Minnesota Healthcare News, 5/1/16
Dr. James Miner, Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at HCMC, answers 10 questions about emergency department care.

2016 Community Caregiver Ayham Moty, MD
Minnesota Healthcare News, 5/1/16
No matter where Dr. Ayham Moty ends up volunteering in the Philippines, hundreds of patients are always lined up and waiting for medical care well before the physicians arrive.

Good Question: Why do autopsies take so long?
WCCO 4, 4/28/16
“You want to get the answer right, which is the most important thing,” said Dr. Fred Apple, medical director of clinical laboratories at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Why downtown Minneapolis is becoming a clinic capitol
Twin Cities Business Magazine, 4/27/16
In the past couple of years, several major Minnesota health care providers have opened or announced plan to open clinics in Minneapolis’s central business district. Suddenly, it seems, health care is a major industry downtown.

Being a woman can put you at a critical disadvantage in the ER
Woman’s Day, 4/27/16
“The last thing anyone who goes into medicine wants is to treat only half of their patients well,” says James R. Miner, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

First downtown Minneapolis HCMC community clinic will land in the North Loop
Star Tribune, 4/26/16
“North Loop is the fastest growing residential neighborhood in Minneapolis and the people who live there have been asking for a local clinic and pharmacy to serve their health care needs,” said Jon Pryor, HCMC’s CEO. “This new clinic will do that, and serve a broader need for several sought-after specialties for people who live and work in the area.”

HCMC opening new location in the North Loop
Twin Cities Business Magazine, 4/26/16
Hennepin County Medical Center said Tuesday that it would open a clinic and pharmacy in the TractorWorks building at 800 Washington Avenue North, a move that expands its care services to the burgeoning North Loop neighborhood.

HCMC receives financial gift from late iconic ad man Pat Fallon
Twin Cities Business, 4/25/16
The hospital once successfully treated his son Duffy after a brain injury playing hockey.

Authorities warn of potent dangers of marijuana wax in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 4/22/16
Marijuana wax has a higher concentration of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — 30 to 90 percent, compared with 1 to 5 percent in traditional cannabis form, said Dr. JoAn Laes, an addiction medicine expert at Hennepin County Medical Center.

How a Minneapolis hospital keeps patients healthy through innovation
FierceHealthIT, 4/18/16
The Upstream Health Innovations center affiliated with Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis is looking at social issues as a factor in its quest to reduce readmissions, reports Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review.

Opiod addiction (interview with Aida Strom, HCMC American Indian Patient Advocate)
MPR, 4/18/16
“A lot of women are looking for a community that supports our — and their — traditional and cultural needs.”

Keeping patients upstream: innovation to avoid hospital admission
Becker’s Hospital Review, 4/15/16
In the movement toward value-based care, the overarching goal is to keep people out of the hospital, away from downstream, and this is the vision shared by Upstream Health Innovations, the innovation center affiliated with Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Building a teen-friendly Healthcare system
University of Minnesota Healthy Generations, 4/14/16
Jen O’Brien, MPH (2008) is the Program Manager of the Henne-Teen Program at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).

Ford W. Bell was named vice president of philanthropy and community relations
Twin Cities Business, 4/12/16
Ford W. Bell was named vice president of philanthropy and community relations for Hennepin County Medical Center, as well as president of the hospital’s philanthropy organization, the Hennepin Health Foundation.

11 things I wish I knew before becoming a neurosurgeon
Cosmopolitan, 4/12/16
“When someone else’s brain health is in your hands, you have to take exceptionally good care of yourself. If I’m operating, I make sure to go to bed early the night before, eat a hearty breakfast, and drink tons of water. I’m vigilant about that stuff, because you never want to be in a situation when you’re not at your best.” – Uzma Samadani, PhD, MD, FACS, FAANS, is an attending neurosurgeon at the Hennepin County Medical Center, where she serves as Rockswold Kaplan endowed chair.

Another drug abuse scourge – but a much smarter response
Pioneer Press, 4/10/16
Shaming the drug-abusing or -dependent pregnant mother is “absolutely” counterproductive and not part of the equation, agreed Dr. Connie Adkisson, a neonatologist and head of the newborn ICU at Hennepin County Medical Center, the state’s largest publicly operated hospital.

“I always say to them that we are glad that you are in treatment and undergoing neonatal care,” said Adkisson.

Tamara Harvanko, a high-risk-obstetrics care coordinator at HCMC, noted other attempts by the hospital to allow the mothers of NAS babies to breastfeed, hold them and even stay as long as it takes before the newborn is discharged.

HCMC doctors use new technology to assist diabetic patients
KSTP 5, 4/6/16
Doctors at the Hennepin County Medical Center are using new technology to see what they never have before.

The technology is called “skin blood-flow imaging,” and it allows them to see whether blood is flowing into certain areas of the skin. It’s used most often for diabetic patients.

HCMC using hyperbaric chamber to treat diabetes
WCCO 4, 4/6/16
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 70,000 Americans a year. Hennepin County Medical Center is offering hope with a new way of treating diabetes patients that could prevent an amputation.

Narrative Medicine helps to heal at HCMC
Essential Hospitals, 4/1/16
Syl Jones, a 64-year-old playwright and journalist, has been a resident fellow at Hennepin County Medical Center since June 2015. Using his training from Columbia University and background in the arts, he is planting the seed of narrative medicine—an approach that emphasizes the importance of patient stories in health care—into the minds of students and physicians.

What does it mean to be healthy?
WCCO 4, 3/28/16
So, what does it mean to be healthy?  Good Question.

“That’s a very difficult question to answer,” said Dr. Bryan Nelson, a family practice physician with HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic. “Healthy, in my personal opinion, is when a person does what is necessary to reduce the risk of having a heart attack and stroke down the road, is able to be happy and able to do what they want in their life.”

Second Harvest Heartland announces 2016 Hunger Heroes Award
Yahoo! News, 3/24/16
2016 Hunger Hero Innovation Award: Hennepin County Medical Center
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has partnered with Second Harvest Heartland through the HCMC Food Shelf and Summer Food Service Program.

Franken’s diabetes program to get big expansion
Star Tribune, 3/24/16
“This improves people’s health outcomes and it saves people a lot of money,” he said during a news conference at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Sen. Franken announces expansion for diabetes prevention program
WCCO 4, 3/23/16
Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced Wednesday an expansion of a diabetes prevention program. The focus is on reducing Type 2 Diabetes in seniors as part of Affordable Care.

Researchers: Doctors may be treating concussions the wrong way
WCCO 4, 3/20/16
Dr. Uzma Samadani, a leading researcher on brain injuries, spoke with Esme Murphy about the big problem facing doctors trying to understand concussions (5:13). WCCO Sunday Morning.

Paid training program in Minneapolis seeks candidates for emergency medical services positions
KSTP 5, 3/16/16
The EMS Pathways Academy, created by the fire department and the Hennepin County Medical Center, trains Minneapolis residents from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Flu hitting Minnesota hard
KARE 11, 3/15/16
Dr. David Hilden, from Hennepin County Medical Center, stopped by KARE 11 to chat with Julie Nelson about the flu outbreak.

Labor pains are a laughing matter at HCMC
America’s Essential Hospitals, 3/11/16
Women at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) now have a new option when it comes to managing birthing pains: nitrous oxide, also commonly known as “laughing gas.”

Largest single-center concussion study launched at trauma center in Minnesota 
Forbes, 3/11/16
Researchers at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with Abbott, are embarking on a groundbreaking and comprehensive study that aims to identify the spectrum of brain injuries that occur in patients on arrival to the ED, and followed through to completion for up to a year after they are discharged from the hospital.

Major brain injury study to be launched in the Twin Cities
MPR, 3/10/16
The University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center and Abbott Diagnostics are collaborating on a study. They hope to enroll a thousand concussion or brain injury patients.

MPR’s Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of the researchers, Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon at HCMC.

The largest study on brain trauma is happening here in Minnesota
Twin Cities Business, 3/9/16
The University of Minnesota has teamed up with the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to develop a new standard approach for evaluating and diagnosing traumatic injury to the brain including concussion, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Minnesota hospitals create nation’s largest concussion study
Fox 9, 3/9/16
Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota are collaborating to develop a standard approach to evaluate and diagnose concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, the largest study of its kind in the nation.

Minn. researchers, doctors seek to understand, treat brain injuries (link not available)
WCCO 4, 3/9/16
Amazing things can happen when great minds come together.Doctors from the University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center and researchers from Abbott Diagnostics just announced they’re launching a joint study on concussions and traumatic brain injury.

MN researchers launch largest concussion study
KARE 11, 3/9/16
Researchers in Minnesota are conducting a study to help better diagnose concussions. The University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center and Abbott Diagnostic Labs in Chicago are launching the nation’s largest, single-center study of concussions and TBI.

Minnesota hospitals launch “nation’s largest” concussion study
Star Tribune, 3/9/16
Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota are launching what’s billed as the nation’s largest study of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, combining discoveries in brain imaging, blood analysis and eye tests to find a more accurate way to detect the injuries’ severity and long-term ramifications.

Delta Dental pays almost $5 million for naming rights to new clinic at HCMC
Star Tribune, 3/4/16
Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is giving $4.6 million to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for a part of the county’s $220 million ambulatory clinic under construction between 8th and 9th streets and Chicago and Park avenues in downtown Minneapolis.

HCMC clinic to move out of the Hub in Richfield
Sun Current, 3/3/16
“The current location has served us well for 20 years, but we’ve simply outgrown the space,” said Scott Wordelman, HCMC vice president of ambulatory care, adding that staying in Richfield was a priority in the decision.

HCMC Richfield Clinic relocating, expanding services
Twin Cities Business, 3/2/16
For the past 20 years, the HCMC Richfield Clinic has operated at the Hub Shopping Center. This fall, the clinic will move to Market Plaza at 66th Street and Lyndale Avenue. Though the move will be just a few blocks, it will significantly change what the clinic will provide its patients. The new location will be twice the size of the current one, and it will include a full-service pharmacy.

Grant money for HCMC dental clinic will expand patient access by 60 percent
Twin Cities Business, 3/1/16
The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation said Monday it would fund half the cost of a $9.2 million dental clinic contained within Hennepin County Medical Center’s new $220 million six-story facility in Minneapolis.

HCMC rolls out new machine to get a better read on wounds
Star Tribune, 3/1/16
HCMC is the first hospital in Minnesota to use one of the $250,000 Luna diagnostic machines made by Toronto-based Novadaq Technologies. The machine helps assess which patients might benefit from the most aggressive (and costly) therapies, and whether those techniques are working well enough to continue them.

Big health cozies up to startups
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2/27/16
Twin Cities health care organizations have teamed up with startups for years, giving young companies a venue to test and refine technology and services.

HCMC now offering laughing gas to women in labor
Fox 9, 2/26/16
HCMC began offering nitrous oxide to patients earlier this year to help the cope with pain during labor. Patients are taught how to self-administer the laughing gas whenever they feel they need it.

HCMC offers laughing gas for laboring moms
KSTP 5, 2/26/16
Laboring moms at the Birth Center at Hennepin County Medical Center have a new pain management option.

HCMC announces nitrous oxide option for laboring mothers
WCCO 4, 2/26/16
Laboring mothers now have another option to cope with pain at the Hennepin County Medical Center: nitrous oxide.

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals’s Acute Pain Candidate: Improved Pain Scores in ER Patients
Drug Discovery & Development, 2/25/16
Dr. James Miner, the chief of emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN and primary investigator of the ARX-04 studies, added, “In my clinical experience in a high-capacity emergency department, I believe a product with the ability to mitigate pain rapidly, without the practical and logistical impediment of starting an intravenous line, holds great potential for use in the ER.

HCMC Richfield Clinic to move to new location
KSTP 5, 2/25/16
The clinic, which is in the Hub Shopping Center, is expanding and moving to Market Plaza, which is at the corner of 66th Street and Lyndale Avenue.

HCMC’s Mother-Baby Program supports mental health of new moms
MHA Newsline, 2/22/16
With a mission to support families by strengthening the emotional health and parenting capacity of mothers, HCMC’s Mother-Baby Program combines outpatient psychiatry services; a HopeLine triage and resource line; and a Day Hospital for pregnant women and mothers experiencing depression, anxiety or other emotional distress to offer support, hope and healing to mothers and families.

7 tips for beautiful lips
Shape Magazine, 2/22/16
Think of your lips as a sponge. “When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up. When dehydrated, they dry out and shrink,” explains Bruce Bart, M.D., a dermatologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Minnesota ranks third in hours of sleep
KARE 11, 2/22/16
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night. In a recent survey, nearly 71 percent of Minnesotans said they get a least that, ranking third best in the nation behind South Dakota and Colorado.

Minneapolis aims to build a more diverse fire department, starting with teenagers
Star Tribune, 2/21/16
Hennepin County EMS Deputy Chief Mike Trullinger said the county is working with Minneapolis on the high school training program because it will also benefit if more young people get interested, get trained, and stick around their hometown.

Good Question: Why are babies fingerprinted at birth? 
WCCO 4, 2/19/16
“It started a long time ago when mothers were routinely separated from babies,” said Sara Wendt with HCMC. “Now, it’s become more of a tradition.”

Minn. hospitals’ error levels stay flat
MPR, 2/19/16
A skin-care team at Hennepin County Medical Center can attest to the work involved in making hospital care safer.

Power, Indeed! Energy projects lead 2015 top starts
ENR Midwest, 2/18/16
Every year, ENR Midwest is honored to rank the region’s largest projects that started construction during the previous calendar year. For 2015, a few projects in Minnesota are expected to join those from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan on our final list.

Zika virus impacts travel agents
NW Cable 12 News, 2/16/16
“We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls and a lot of questions about what to do from pregnant women, but also just patients in general,” said Dr. Megan Shaughnessy, medical director of infectious disease and travel clinic at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Medpricer recognizes Hennepin County Medical Center for Excellence in Cost Savings
Stamford Advocate, 2/16/16
Medpricer, healthcare’s leading cost management platform for purchased services, awarded Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) its 2015 Center of Excellence in Healthcare Purchased Services Award in recognition for HCMC’s ability to achieve value and cost savings in its health system.

A hospital steps in to stop cycles of violence
Southwest Journal, 2/11/16
Ann Eilbracht is leading HCMC’s hospital-based violence intervention program pilot. The hospital is attempting to replicate an approach to addressing youth violence that has worked for other big-city hospitals.

Good Question: How can you live to 100?
WCCO 4, 2/11/16
“Part of it is your genetics, but there’s a lot you can do to help it out,” says Dr. David Hilden, an internist at Hennepin County Medical Center who gives a talk called How to Live to 100.

Ex-Viking quarterback says he has Alzheimer’s
Fox 9, 2/8/16
HCMC neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani, who studies the long term cognitive effects of contact sports, says someone like Kapp, who played in the 1960s and 1970s is of far greater risk of brain damage than those who play now.

“I believe that it’s almost a different sport at this point than it was many years ago,” Dr. Samadani said. “There was no concussion guideline and awareness that brain injury was bad for you.”

Dr. Samadani points to research that has linked concussions and early on-set Alzheimer’s, but says she can’t say for sure that it was the cause of Kapp’s condition.

Minnesota nonprofit hospitals dole out $4.3 billion in community benefits in 2014
Healthcare Finance, 2/8/16
Hennepin County Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Program was the first of its kind in Minnesota, and fourth in the nation, to use a structured day hospital model to support mothers with perinatal psychiatric disorders as they adjust to having a new baby.

Are drugs really the remedy for toddlers? 
Star Tribune, 2/7/16
“The use of antipsychotics is generally not considered standard of care in those under the age of 2,” said Hennepin County Medical Center psychiatrist Dr. John Wermager, who called the findings “eye-opening and alarming.”

Minnesota winter biking not just for nuts, advocates say
Pioneer Press, 2/5/16
Richard Gray, a Hennepin County Medical Center emergency room doctor, and Sarah Bundy, an assistant professor of emergency management at North Dakota State University, participated in a winter disaster relief exercise at the Winter Cycling Congress 2016 in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota hospitals report more bad debts, community benefit
Star Tribune, 2/4/16
Specific examples in Thursday’s report included exercise options provided by Rice Community Hospital to the diverse Willmar community, emotional support provided by Hennepin County Medical Center to new mothers, and visits provided by HealthEast paramedics to mentally ill patients after hospital discharges. This type of community service amounted to $402 million — about one-tenth of the total community benefit.

Minneapolis using bikes to help in snow emergencies
KSTP 5, 2/3/16
Dr. Richard Gray, a cyclist and emergency room doctor at Hennepin County Medical Center, is leading a team of riders.

“I’ve ridden the winter for over 40 years and I’ve never done anything like this though. It should be interesting,” Gray said.

Cyclists take part in disaster relief trial
KARE 11, 2/3/16
The Winter Cycling Congress, being held in the Twin Cities, partnered with the Hennepin County Medical Center on Wednesday for a drill to see how bikes could assist during disasters.

Can bicyclists provide better disaster relief? 
Star Tribune, 2/3/16
In Wednesday’s exercise, the simulation presumes that power has been knocked out over a widespread area and traffic is gridlocked, preventing ambulances, police and fire crews from reaching disaster scenes.

“Should there be a disaster that affects traffic or infrastructure downtown, having bicycles navigate alternative routes could prove to be an essential resource to perform emergency response activities.” said physician John Hick, Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Hennepin County Medical Center.

HCMC to test bike responders in winter disaster scenario
MSP Business Journal, 2/2/16
Hennepin County Medical Center will test whether winter-ready cyclists can effectively respond to emergencies during a disaster scenario event Wednesday.

New chief of psychiatry at HCMC faces daunting challenges
Star Tribune, 1/28/16
Dr. Eduardo Colon at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis will still work directly with patients, because, he says, “It keeps me real.”

Federal task force recommends women get screened for depression during pregnancy
Minnesota News Network, 1/27/16
Dr. Helen Kim says one in eight women suffer from postpartum depression.

Feeling a bit down this winter? Experts say you’re not alone
WCCO Radio, 1/26/16
“The ‘winter blues’ are very real,” explains Hennepin County Medical Center Psychologist Matthew Syzdek.

Ice angler shares story of CO poisoning as a warning to others
WCCO 4, 1/21/16
Doctors at HCMC rushed him into the hyperbaric chamber for treatment. Over the next 24 hours he received three treatments of oxygen in the pressurized chamber.

“He was very sick. He was critically ill from carbon monoxide poisoning but now he’s doing much better,” said Dr. Christopher Logue, Medical Director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at HCMC.

Parents of allergy victim press for broader warnings
WCCO 4, 1/26/16
“It’s easy to ignore a false signal,” Dr. John Sweet, a physician at Hennepin County Medical Center, said.

Sweet specializes in allergies, and he advises parents of children or adults with allergies to always carry two doses of epinephrine — administered through an injection using an EpiPen.

Zika virus prompts travel warning for pregnant women
WCCO 4, 1/18/16
Some of the most popular tropical destinations are included in a travel alert issued by CDC.

“They’re concerned enough that they’ve put out a travel warning for pregnant women,” said Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a pediatric physician at Hennepin County Medical Center.

States hone health crisis plans for catastrophes
New York Times, 1/17/16
“When they are facing these decisions the last thing you want to do is make it up as you go along,” said Dr. John Hick, an emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and a national expert in disaster planning. “Don’t leave this on the shoulders of the caregiver at the bedside.”

Hennepin County Medical Center finding solutions to “physician burnout”
KSTP 5, 1/15/16
Recent studies show that as many as 50 percent of doctors across the nation are burned out at work. Experts say that can greatly affect the patient.

“Burnout has three components: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment,” Dr. Mark Linzer, HCMC’s Director of Internal Medicine, said. It’s a concept Linzer has researched for two decades.

Age of first-time moms in U.S. at its highest; now around 26
Star Tribune, 1/15/16
“We have seen that women are a little older,” observed Maggie Pastarr, certified nurse midwife at Hennepin County Medical Center — which has the state’s oldest nurse midwife service in the state.

Cold weather Wild Card game lives up to hype
KARE 11, 1/10/16
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) was also prepared for an influx of frostbite patients–not just from the game but across the Twin Cities.

“It is a very dangerous situation that we are concerned about,” said Dr. Jon Gayken, a burn surgeon at HCMC.

Staying safe in the cold
Fox 9, 1/11/16
Dr. Ryan Fey says when it gets this cold, the primary concern is frostbite on exposed skin.

Frostbite can occur within minutes
NW Cable 12, 1/11/16
Dr. Ryan Fey with the HCMC Burn Unit says it doesn’t take long before frostbite can occur in this dangerous cold.

HCMC preparing for influx of frostbite patients as temps drop
WCCO 4, 1/9/16
The extreme cold is here in Minnesota, and doctors are warning about frostbite.

Hennepin County Medical Center expects to see an uptick in the number of patients coming in with frostbite as the cold sets in. They typically treat about 50-75 frostbite victims each year, and Dr. Jon Gayken — a burn and trauma surgeon at the hospital — says there’s a common factor in those cases.

Dangerous wind chills arrive this weekend
KARE 11, 1/7/16
Wind chill is calculated using a long formula, and it tells us what the temperature might be on your skin, or on your pet, By Sunday, it will be near -20, cold enough for frostbite to occur in less than 30 minutes.

“Usually pain is the first cardinal symptom. With intoxication, sometimes with mental illness, and other factors. Those symptoms are blunted and that can complicate the issue and lead to a worse injury.” said Dr. Ryan Fey of Hennepin County Medical Center.

Want to quit smoking for good? Don’t give up.
WCCO 4, 1/7/16
Here in Minneapolis, smokers who want to quit are finding help at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Addiction Specialty Center.

Dr. Charles Reznikoff is one of the addiction experts at HCMC. He described the appeal of smoking and the effects of nicotine.

Inspiring kids to read
Happi House, 12/31/15
Delivering books to kids at Hennepin County Medical Center in collaboration with Capstone Publishing. “When a child comes in to the hospital, there are a lot of reasons why we would give them a book,” explains Lynne Burke, Literacy Liaison at HCMC.

Growing career cuts medical costs, increases access to health care
Fox 9, 12/31/15
Community health workers are becoming more widely used. HCMC started with 4 back in 2010, and today they have 24, all with the goal of lowering costs.

Minnesotans offer two takes on the concussion debate
Star Tribune, 12/25/15 
Should youth contact sports get a timeout amid growing concerns about concussions? Local doctors weigh in on the debate.

Minnesota-developed strain could lower prices of medical pot meds
WCCO 4, 12/16/15
Dr. Charles Reznikoff specializes in internal medicine and addiction at Hennepin County Medical Center.

“I think it really is a big deal,” he said of the announcement, noting that the preliminary findings of some studies show that medical marijuana is helping patients.

But he says most doctors still want more scientific evidence medical marijuana is safe.

Good Question: How much sleep do we need? 
WCCO 4, 12/15/15
“Ever since Edison came up with the lightbulb, we haven’t been able to sleep very well at night,” says Dr. Imran Khawaja, medicaldirector at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Poison hazards for the holidays
KARE 11, 12/15/15
Kirk Hughes, education director with the Minnesota Poison Control System, shared a list of some of the most common types of poisonings this time of year.

Former MN doctor lands back on Earth after 5 months in space
Bring Me the News, 12/11/15
Kjell Lindgren, the former Minneapolis doctor turned astronaut, is back on solid ground after returning from his five-month stint at the International Space Station.

Former HCMC doctor safely returns from space after mission
KSTP 5, 12/11/15
The U.S. space agency’s Kjell Lindgren, Russia’s Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of Japan returned to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-17M capsule after 141 days in space.

Firefighters bring music, presents to patients at HCMC
KSTP 5, 12/10/15
Holiday cheer was in the air Thursday at Hennepin County Medical Center. ‘Firefighters for Healing’ brought music, joy and presents to patients recovering from burns.

HCMC Burn Center patients receive holiday cheer from firefighters
WCCO 4, 12/10/15
A group of patients inside Hennepin County Medical Center got a dose of holiday cheer this morning — Minneapolis firefighters and a former Minnesota Vikings player paid a visit to the burn center, and brought lots of gifts.

Minneapolis firefighters deliver gifts to burn patients
FOX 9, 12/10/15
A group calling themselves Firefighters for Healing dropped off holiday gifts and food for burn patients and their families at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

HCMC breaks ground
The Northerner (North Central University) 12/9/15
Hennepin County Medical Center broke ground on their new clinic and specialty building Nov. 12 on the 700 block of South Eighth St. The 377,000 square feet, $220.8 million project is expected to receive its first patient in January 2018.

How to calm a crying baby instantly
Star Tribune, 12/9/15
Dr. Linda Thompson, a pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center, has seen the video and broke down the meaning behind the magic.

“Anytime you hold a baby upright in that position and wiggle them gently in a soothing way, they will quiet down,” she said. “It’s nothing new. It’s something that I’ve done for years.”

FDA-approved cap prevents hair loss from chemotherapy
Fox 9, 12/9/15
The FDA approved a new tool that fights hair loss during chemotherapy for breast cancer patients, called the DigniCap, and it’s very promising.

“Less chemotherapy drug will be delivered to those hair follicles and therefore the hair loss will diminish,” Dr. Andres Wiernik, an oncologist at Hennepin County Medical Center, said.

Fire deaths trend higher during holidays
Minnesota Daily, 12/3/15
Last year, 44 people died in fires in Minnesota, with 20 of those occurring during colder months, according to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety press release. So far this year, 46 people have died from fires in the state.

 Over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, there was an increase in burn injuries from cooking, said Patricia Campbell, a physician assistant at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Call to ban football collides with the facts
Star Tribune, 12/3/15
“Football is on the riskier end of the spectrum of sports, but still is less risky than skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, equestrian sports or bicycling,” explains Dr. Uzma Samadani in this counterpoint.

More than half of U.S. doctors experience burnout
Reuter’s, 12/2/15
Dr. Mark Linzer, of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, said his research shows that healthcare systems with higher burnout rates also provide less quality care to their patients.

He told Reuters Health that patients can help address doctor burnout by encouraging healthcare systems to assess their work environments. This can include measuring time pressures, chaos, lack of control and alignment of values between doctors and leaders.

1 in 3 men who played youth contact sports develop CTE
Fox 9, 12/1/15
HCMC neurosurgeon Dr. Uzma Samadani says the results shouldn’t have you turning in your kids’ team gear anytime soon.

Coloring books for stress relief
KARE 11, 11/30/15
“The blood pressure comes down, stress level comes down — so there is a medical impact for coloring,” says Wenda Ballinger who works with the Inspire Arts Program at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Doctors, hospitals now have expanded roster of codes to depict your maladies
Star Tribune, 11/25/15
The new codes should be helpful in understanding how to best provide health care for a large population of patients, said Dr. Andrew Laudenbach, a physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Tactile Medical braces for new Medicare rules that will tighten access to its pneumatic compression pump
Star Tribune, 11/24/15
“My priority for what Medicare should be covering would be compression bandaging materials and compression garments,” said certified lymphedema therapist DeCourcy Squire, who works at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

American hunger-related healthcare costs exceeded $160 billion in 2014, according to new study
In These Times, 11/23/15
While the official end of the Great Recession is a full five years behind us, there are now nearly 12 million more Americans who lack enough resources to access adequate food than there were in 2007, a number that has only improved slightly since United States food insecurity peaked at over 21 percent in 2009.

This “dietary deprivation shows up in subtle ways,” said assistant chief of pediatrics at Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota assistant professor of pediatrics Diana Cutts.  It shows up “[in] developmental delays, more frequent illness, illnesses that last longer and iron deficiency anemia,” Cutts explained. “It’s very insidious,” she said.

Hennepin County breaks ground on Medical Center expansion
Healthcare Design, 11/23/15
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has started construction on an ambulatory clinic building in Minneapolis, the biggest expansion in the history of the teaching hospital.

Reagan takes flight
Alexandria Echo-Press, 11/20/15
On Thursday, November 12, Reagan and her mom drove to the Blaine airport. From there, they took flight in a Life Link III helicopter, riding with the very people who had transported Reagan after her accident.

Minnesota’s Mental Health System
KSTP 5, 11/19/15
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS sat down with the people who have devoted their lives to helping mentally ill Minnesotans in crisis.

“In an ideal world, we would want people’s symptoms to be under complete control before we transition them out, though that is not reality,” said Dr. Ian Heath, senior physician director for psychiatry services at Hennepin County Medical Center.

HCMC breaks ground on $220 million clinic
KSTP 5, 11/12/15
Hennepin County Medical Center is looking forward to a much bigger presence downtown Minneapolis. HCMC broke ground Thursday on a new 377,000 square foot building.

HCMC breaks ground on $220M expansion
WCCO 4, 11/12/15
Hennepin County Medical Center has broken ground on its largest expansion in history.

HCMC to break ground on biggest expansion in its history
MPR, 11/12/15
Hennepin County Medical Center says the biggest expansion in its history will make doctor visits and same-day surgeries faster and easier.

Hennepin County Medical Center opens new helispot
Star Tribune, 11/12/15
Bill Heegaard, chief clinical officer and emergency department physician, said the new stop will “expedite movement of the patient when seconds matter.”

Health Check: Debunking flu myths
NW Cable 12, 11/10/15
Experts say that more than 40 percent of U.S. adults believe “the flu vaccine can give you the flu.” Dr. Stacene Maroushek of Hennepin County Medical Center said it’s a myth that exists for a number of reasons.

New eye tracking technology used to detect concussions
Fox 9, 11/10/15
New eye tracking technology used as a research tool at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) could lead to a more exact means of diagnosing a traumatic brain injury. It may even represent the first truly useful clinical lab test that would even help monitor recovery from a concussion

Vikings QB Bridgewater passes first concussion test
KARE 11, 11/9/15
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said quarterback Teddy Bridgewater passed his first concussion test.

HCMC working on advancements in measuring concussion
KARE 11, 11/8/15
At HCMC, Dr. Uzma Samadani and her colleagues are studying the eye tracking of people with brain injuries such as concussion.

HCMC child reading program awaits 40,000 book donation
Pioneer Press, 11/5/15
Lynne Burke has a storage challenge: She’s trying to figure out where to put the 40,000 children’s books she expects to receive in the next few weeks as a donation from Capstone Publishing in Mankato.

Hyperkalemia increases death risk in hemodialysis patients
Renal & Urology News, 11/5/15
“Hyperkalemia appears to be associated with mortality in hemodialysis patients,” lead investigator James B. Wetmore, MD, of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., told Renal & Urology News. “A threshold of 5.7 appears to be an important threshold at which the risk of death appears to increase significantly. Risk of death appears to steadily increase as potassium level increases.”

HCMC will build $220 million outpatient clinic
KSTP 5, 11/4/15
Following the bond approval of Hennepin County’s Board of Commissioners, Hennepin County Medical Center will break ground on its new outpatient center next week.

Hennepin County Board approves 192$ million in bonds for new HCMC outpatient clinic
Star Tribune, 11/4/15
By the time the 2018 Super Bowl arrives at the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis, nearby Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) will be boasting a shiny new building of its own — an outpatient center that aims to consolidate 40 specialty clinics, improve patient care and enhance the hospital’s image.

Shortage of state psychiatric beds leaves local hospitals jammed
Star Tribune, 11/1/15
Twin Cities hospitals have reached a breaking point under a deluge of patients with severe mental illness, who are jamming emergency rooms — sometimes for days — and being warehoused for months in psychiatric wards because doctors have nowhere to send them.

Good Question: What does stress do to our bodies? 
WCCO 4, 10/28/15
Like many jobs, coaching can be high pressure and high stress. So what does stress do to our bodies?

“I think of stress in terms of how it can affect your body, your mood and behaviors,” Hennepin County Medical Center’s Dr. Martin Stillman said.

Astronaut with MN ties completes spacewalk
KARE 11, 10/28/15
In 2005, Kjell Lindgren completed his medical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Wednesday, he was one of two astronauts 250 miles above earth.

At HCMC, healthy doesn’t mean more costly
MPR, 10/26/15
At a time when the phrase “reducing health care costs” typically means “slowing the growth of health costs,” Hennepin County Medical Center has done something significant: It has actually lowered the cost of caring for its patients.

What is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
KARE 11, 10/25/15

New glasses end years of struggle for MN woman with brain injury
KSTP 5, 10/23/15
Liz Renner struggled for years until she met Hennepin County Medical Center Developmental Optometrist Doctor, Amy Chang.

Owning our health: Women need equity, solutions discussion
InsightNews.com, 10/20/15
On Oct. 10 on a bright, sunny Saturday morning, more than 300 Black women gathered for the 4th Annual Baraza – A Black Woman’s Health Gathering.

Rx for Violence
Risk & Insurance, 10/15/15
“We had to get staff to understand that behaviors that would be criminal in other settings are not OK just because they happen in a hospital.” — Dr. Jeffrey Ho, Hennepin County Medical Center

Backlash stalls state HIV prevention proposal
MPR, 10/9/15
San Francisco also has a widespread campaign to get uninfected gay men to take a preventative drug regime called PrEP.

Dr. Keith Henry, an HIV specialist at the Positive Care Center at Hennepin County Medical Center, said San Francisco is way ahead of Minnesota on deploying PrEP.

Keenan: Stop encouraging technology
Iowa State Daily, 10/5/15
Marjorie Hogan, a pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., told NPR that technology, when used appropriately, is wonderful. She also states, “… we have to teach children how to make good choices around it, how to limit it and how to make sure it’s not going to take the place of all the other good stuff out there.”

Carver County teen’s death puts spotlight on ease of purchasing synthetic drugs online
Star Tribune, 10/1/15
The number of synthetic-drug overdoses reported in Minnesota reflects a growing problem. So far this year, 184 overdoses have been reported, up from 173 overdoses in all of 2014. And it is likely that those numbers are vastly underreported, said Jon Cole, the Minnesota Poison Control System’s medical director.

Unpaid care costs fall at hospitals in Minnesota, state Health Department says
Star Tribune, 9/29/15
The costs of unpaid care at Minnesota hospitals fell 6 percent last year as medical centers in the state reported a significant decline in charity care costs.

Hospitals brace for a new way to ID what’s wrong with you
Fox 9, 9/28/15
There are codes for accidents at the opera, getting struck by an orca whale, and even problems with the in-laws. And there are precise codes dealing with complex surgeries and injuries.

“The real key to this is learning how to be more specific about a disease so we’re really teaching people about what it means to be more specific in term of right versus left,” Dr. Brita Hansen, in charge of the transition at the Hennepin County Medical Center, told Fox 9, “It’s going to be a lot of work. Just sifting through a list of diagnoses that much longer is going to be felt by your doctor or other clinicians taking care of you.”

Minnesota astronaut greets St. Paul with photo from space
Star Tribune, 9/26/15
U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren took a little grief from St. Paul residents after sharing an epic photo of Minneapolis that was captured from the International Space Station during it’s flight Tuesday. So on Saturday, Lindgren responded in kind with a way-up-high snap of greater St. Paul from his perch in space. Lindgren, who completed his medical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, lit up Twitter and Internet traffice Tuesday when he shared the photo of Minneapolis with the note: “Looking great Minneapolis! And a warm hello to my friends and colleagues @HennepinMedical!”

Health care innovation shifts to IT, not devices
Star Tribune, 9/26/15
Health information technology is gaining ground fast on medical device innovation, and if all goes well in a few years we won’t even much notice the inevitable falloff in medical device start-ups.

HCMC’s new ‘helistop’ to improve efficiency
Finance and Commerce, 9/25/15
Hennepin County Medical Center won’t formally break ground on its $224.6 million campus expansion until later this fall, but a related project is already under the long arm of a Mortenson Construction tower crane.

Astronaut shares epic shot of Minneapolis from hundreds of miles in the sky
Star Tribune, 9/23/15
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren shared an epic photo of Minneapolis that was captured from the International Space Station during its flight Tuesday.

Lindgren, who completed his medical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, shared the photo of Minneapolis with the note: “Looking great Minneapolis! And a warm hello to my friends and colleages @HennepinMedical!”

Photo of Minneapolis from space, from astronaut with HCMC roots
Fox 9, 9/22/15
NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren took to Twitter and Instagram to say a special hello to the city of Minneapolis. Lindgren was born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in England, but completed a 3-year residency in emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Astronaut tweets photo of Minneapolis, gives shout-out to HCMC
KSTP 5, 9/22/15

An astronaut who was trained as a doctor in Minnesota gave a shout-out to both Minneapolis and the Hennepin County Medical Center from space

NASA Astronaut tweets picture of Minneapolis from space
WCCO 4, 9/22/15
On Tuesday morning, NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren tweeted the photo of Minneapolis from the International Space Station.

Organizing systems to demand IT interoperability
Modern Healthcare, 9/19/15
Besides having devices that can feed data directly into a patient’s electronic record, a more immediate CMI goal is to have different vendors’ EHR systems communicate with each other, said CMI board member Dr. Jon Pryor, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System. “People bounce around between systems,” Pryor said. “There’s a greater potential of losing information if it’s not all in one spot.”

Minnesota’s Medical costs rose in 2014 but varied widely clinic to clinic
Star Tribune, 9/17/15
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) saw spending on its privately insured primary-care patients decline 4 percent. Leaders there cited a variety of efforts to divert patients, when appropriate, to lower levels of care — such as urgent care instead of the emergency room — and to investments in care coordinators and social workers who help patients stay healthy at home. HCMC clinics even have a food bank and provide needy patients with fresh groceries. As a result, primary-care costs for HCMC rose slightly, but inpatient hospital costs dropped, said Nancy Garrett, HCMC’s chief analytics officer. “That’s exactly what we’re trying to do, is get patients into lower-cost settings.”

Henna tattoo reaction leaves woman swollen, blistered
Fox 9, 9/15/15
Henna, temporary tattoo applied for ceremonial rituals for thousands of years, is used all over the world. Popular in Northern Africa and the Middle East, is is often applied before weddings.

The Minnesota Poison Control System has gotten just over 100 calls from those who’ve suffered allergic reactions to the ink over the past 5 years.

Many car seats don’t fit properly
KARE 11, 9/4/15
A new study shows that 42 percent of the time, car seats and the cars they are placed are a bad fit.

Medical experts meet in Twin Cities to discuss treatment of rare respiratory disease
KSTP 5, 8/28/15
Experts from all over the world are in the Twin Cities talking about a rare disease few people realize they have.

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, or PCD, affects the lining of the airway and makes it hard to breathe. Doctors at the PCD Move for a Cure conference are exchanging ideas on diagnosing and treating it. It’s estimated that 25,000 people in the United States have PCD, but only 400 know it.

Backlog at state-run treatment facilities means long waits for Minnesotans suffering from severe addictions
MinnPost, 8/28/15
So far this year, the majority of patients admitted to the CARE programs have come from hospitals, like Hennepin County Medical Center. Megen Cullen, senior director of psychiatry at HCMC, said they commonly languish in beds for months designated for general medical care, not chemical dependency treatment.

Alexandria girl makes remarkable recovery from traumatic facial injuries
Star Tribune, 8/26/15
In a decade of repairing facial bones displaced and fractured by all manner of trauma, Lance Svoboda had never seen anything quite like this. Broken lower jaw. Broken upper jaw. Broken cheek bone. Broken eye socket.

All in a 5-year-old girl who had been airlifted from her hometown of Alexandria, Minn., where her head had been crushed in a stairway elevator system.

Ratings reveal Minnesota clinics with best communication, access
Star Tribune, 8/26/15
Doctors might not be able to turn on the charm overnight, but new Minnesota patient survey data show it is entirely possible for them to become better at seeing and talking with patients.

Hennepin County Medical Center’s Positive Care Center in Minneapolis received a top rating — 97 percent of patients gave high marks to its doctors — while serving a chronically ill HIV-positive population.

Get those ‘bye-bye’ documents ready to go
Pioneer Press, 8/21/15
As Dr. Jeffrey Ho, medical director for Hennepin County Medical Center’s EMS division, told me, a spouse or relative’s request at the scene may later conflict with the patient’s true wishes as outlined in a directive.

Time in the bank: A Stanford plan to save doctors from burnout
The Washington Post, 8/20/15
Mark Linzer, who has studied physician burnout for 20 years, said that when burnout rates hit 50 percent a few years ago, medical institutions began paying attention to work-home conflict.

Paramedics under investigation after not resuscitating 71-year-old woman
WCCO 4, 8/19/15
“It is a doctor’s order, because the emergency medical responders, without a doctor’s orders, they cannot stop using the protocol that they must follow.  Unfortunately, if they don’t follow that protocol, then the case is under scrutiny and review,” said Dr. Jeffery Rubins, the director of Palliative Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Maplewood death investigation highlights rules on medics, resuscitation
Pioneer Press, 8/19/15
“If a family member doesn’t want us to resuscitate … it needs to be pretty clear that’s what the patient’s wishes were,” Dr. Jeffrey Ho, an emergency-room physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and the medical director for Hennepin Emergency Medical Services, said of HCMC’s protocol for do-not-resuscitate requests.

Maplewood death shows critical need for end-of-life directive
Star Tribune, 8/19/15
Advance directives and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders can provide clear guidance for such high-stress decisions. But absent those documents, medics are often asked to trust relatives who are distraught and may not know the wishes of their dying loved ones, said Dr. Jeffrey Ho, medical director for Hennepin County Medical Center’s emergency management services (EMS).

Health notes: music videos and concussions
Duluth News Tribune, 8/18/15
A medical researcher who recently joined the faculty of the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis took part in developing new technology to evaluate concussions — and it uses music videos.

Allergy season arrives right on schedule
WCCO Radio, 8/11/15
Hennepin County Medical Center Allergy Specialist Dr. John Sweet says allergy season is right on time.

“We usually peak at the State Fair,” Sweet said.

HCMC Neurosurgeon develops new test for concussions
KSTP 5, 8/10/15
Dr. Samadani has developed a test to rapidly assess an individual without having to administer a blood test or imaging study to determine whether the individual has suffered a concussion.

Minnesota health care providers urge universal screening for HIV
Star Tribune, 8/10/15
Hennepin County Medical Center, which has clinics spread throughout the county, is one organization that will be implementing universal HIV screening.

“If you have an opportunity to diagnose someone with HIV earlier, treatment is wildly successful when people are engaged with their care,” said Dr. Nicholas Vogenthaler, an infectious disease physician at HCMC in Minneapolis.

Minnesota’s largest hospital systems saw big jump in 2014 income
Star Tribune, 8/9/15
Among the hospital systems in the Star Tribune analysis, two of the largest chunks of income growth came at Sanford Health, which generates nearly 90 percent of its net patient revenue from outside Minnesota, and HCMC, which swung from an operating loss of $28 million in 2013, to income of $6.3 million last year.

Eye motion test shows promise for concussion detection
Star Tribune, 8/7/15
An 88 percent accuracy rate is superior to many commonly used screening tests, said Dr. Uzma Samadani, lead author of the research, who was recently recruited as a neurosurgeon and traumatic brain injury specialist from New York to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Meningitis case sparks Minnesota immunization effort
MPR, 8/3/15
The outbreak among men who have sex with men follows a somewhat different path than the usual meningitis transmission. The victims came in contact with one another in a more public setting, such as a bar or party, said Nick Vogenthaler, medical director of Hennepin County’s Red Door Clinic and the Positive Care Center at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Doctor heads into orbit on NASA mission
Modern Healthcare, 7/25/15
Colleagues of Dr. Kjell Lindgren say his medical skills are out of this world. And they’re right—literally.

Lindgren, board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine, was one of three astronauts who flew into space last week. The NASA crew reached the International Space Station after blasting off from Kazakhstan.

Lindgren received his emergency medicine training at Hennepin County Medical Center, a public hospital in Minneapolis. Those who worked with him at the hospital said he was a star doctor long before reaching the outer orbit of Earth.

“That was awesome”: former Mpls doctor arrives at International Space Station
Bring Me The News, 7/23/15
A former Minneapolis doctor is enjoying the view 250 miles above the earth after he successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday.

Dr. Kjell Lindgren was one of three astronauts who made the journey in a Soyuz spacecraft to join the ISS crew as part of a NASA Expedition that launched from Kazakhstan.

Launch to International Space Station was “absolutely beautiful” says MN doctor
MPR, 7/23/15
Dr. Kjell Lindgren, who was a medical resident at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, was one of three astronauts who docked at the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday.

Lindgren invited his former teacher Dr. Douglas Brunette, senior medical director of emergency and trauma service at HCMC, to see the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Brunette has been posting his observations of the launch on the HCMC’s website.

Astronaut with MN ties on the International Space Station
KTIS, 7/22/15
The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft launched at 4:02pm CDT Wednesday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for its trip to the International Space Station. One of the astronauts on board is Kjell Lindgren, who has a strong aerospace medicine background, and has Minnesota ties.

Astronaut-doctor trained at HCMC docks at International Space Station
Star Tribune, 7/22/15
Dr. Kjell Lindgren, who was a medical resident at Hennepin County Medical Center, was one of three crewmates to blast off into space.

HCMC helped launch astronaut Kjell Lindgren into space
KSTP 5, 7/22/15
Dr. Kjell Lindgren is blazing a trail through space, but part of his path started at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Astronaut with Minnesota ties heads to the International Space Station
KTTC, Rochester 7/22/15
The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft launched at 4:02pm CDT Wednesday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for its trip to the International Space Station. One of the astronauts on board is Kjell Lindgren, who has a strong aerospace medicine background, and has Minnesota ties.

Lindgren did a chief resident year at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis in 2005 and completed a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Master of Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota in 2008.

All-civilian Soyuz crew ready for Wednesday launch
America Space, 7/21/15
Dr. Kjell Lindgren completed a three-year residency in emergency medicine, including a chief resident year at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., followed by a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Master of Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota in 2006.

Astronaut trained as doctor at HCMC to launch to International Space Station next week
Star Tribune, 7/15/15
Dr. Kjell Lindgren will be part of NASA’s Expedition 44/45 launch on July 22. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry a crew including Lindgren to the International Space Station.

Minnesota-trained doctor to launch to International Space Station
WCCO 4, 7/15/15
An astronaut trained as a doctor in Minnesota is set to go into space next week.

Dr. Kjell Lindgren will be part of NASA’s Expedition 44/45 launch on July 22. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry a crew including Lindgren to the International Space Station.

Minnesota-trained doctor to launch to International Space Station
KSTP5, 7/15/15
An astronaut trained as a doctor in Minnesota is set to go into space next week.

Dr. Kjell Lindgren will be part of NASA’s Expedition 44/45 launch on July 22. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry a crew including Lindgren to the International Space Station.

2015 Outstanding Nurses Awards
Mpls/St.Paul Magazine, 7/15/15
During a party celebrating Twin Cities nurses last night, several of the cities’ top nurses were honored with the distinction of being an “Outstanding Nurse.”

As with other years, only one Lifetime Achievement Award was given—to Mary Jo Peck, a nurse manager and program manager at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Knapp Rehabilitation Unit. She’s been a nurse at HCMC for 46 years.

Transitions July 14: Dr. Kjell Lindgren
Twin Cities Business Journal, 7/14/15
Kjell Lindgren, former chief resident of the Emergency Department at Hennepin County Medical Center will climb aboard NASA’s Expedition 44/45, set to launch on Wednesday, July 22.

Canada forest fires cause poor air quality, smoke across Minnesota
Fox 9, 7/6/15
“Make sure you listen to your body, and if you do feel short of breath and if you notice wheezing or coughing, it’s definitely time to slow down, ” said Dr. Matthew Prekker with HCMC.

New device for heart patients
KARE 11, 6/30/15
It is estimated that the costs associated with heart failure in the United States are more than $30 billion a year. But now there’s a new device from St. Jude Medical that may help reduce some of those costs.

Internationally recognized neurosurgeon Dr. Uzma Samadani joins HCMC
Mpls/St.Paul Business Journal, 6/29/15
Dr. Uzma Samadani, whose research on concussion recently made headlines around the world, is joining the Department of Neurosurgery at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), a nationally recognized Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota that specializes in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. She will serve as the Rockswold Kaplan Chair for Traumatic Brain Injury Research, and also be appointed an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota.

Tough Jobs: Emergency Medical Technician
Twin Cities Business Journal, 6/29/15
From defibrillating heart attack victims to administering morphine to those with extreme burns, the day-to-day encounters of a paramedic run the gamut. Hours of training and several certifications come standard in the emergency medical services field, but one aspect of the job is crystal-clear: “Caffeine is something of a ritual.”

Or so it is according to Jordan Wardell, a paramedic for Hennepin County Medical Center for seven years.

Health Check: Swim Safety
NW Cable 12, 6/23/15
“Now that it’s summer time and the weather’s warm, this is something we see on a weekly or bi-weekly basis,” said Dr. Matthew Prekker, an emergency medicine physician at HCMC.

HCMC CEO talks new downtown facility
The Journal, 6/23/15
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) CEO Jon Pryor discussed the hospital’s $224 million ambulatory outpatient building development at a community meeting Monday.

Minnesota task force tackles tough rescue jobs
Star Tribune, 6/22/15
The clock is just one of many obstacles faced by members of the elite force trained to perform “technical rescues.” The term refers to lifesaving efforts that use skills and tools beyond the scope of normal firefighting and medical emergency situations. Conditions are difficult and often treacherous.

HCMC Interpreters Key to a Diverse Patient Population
KSTP 5, 6/18/15 
Communication is a vital part of everyday life, but one department at the Hennepin County Medical Center takes it to the next level.

The interpreter services department has staff on hand for dozens of languages and is one of the biggest in the nation.

Backyard fire pit accident badly burns Hutchinson boy
KARE 11, 6/17/15
It doesn’t take long for life to change forever. That’s the reality William Vener’s parents are facing.

Three Qs: Joggin for the Noggin on June 20 at Chan High School
Chanhassen Villager, 6/16/15
Concussion awareness became personal for a group of Chanhassen High School teens more than two years ago when their youth pastor and assistant high school football coach fell on ice and suffered a debilitating concussion.

Gophers pay young wrestler burned in accident a visit
WCCO 4, 6/16/15
A hospital is hardly a fun place for a little boy, especially one from South Dakota having to be that far from home.

But when he needed care, he came to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. And when he needed a little cheering up, he got quite a surprise from some special people there.

For Minnesota rescue doctor, danger comes with the job
MPR, 6/12/15
“Whenever you’re dealing with a rescue, the mantra is risk a little to save a lot,” said Dr. John Hick, one of six doctors who work with Minnesota Task Force 1, the state’s emergency rescue team. “There’s going to be risks, but you have to make that a calculated risk, and when we’re trying to save a life, we’re going to try to minimize those risks.”

62 Minnesota kids poisoned by e-cig juice last year
Fox 9, 6/10/15
The Minnesota Poison Control System reports 62 children ages 5 and younger were poisoned by e-cigarettes and e-cig juice in 2014. That’s a 35 percent jump over 2013 and the second year of significant increases in nicotine poisonings related to e-cigarettes, which can contain deadly levels of nicotine for children.

HCMC warns about E-Cig poisonings
NW Cable 12, 6/10/15
“Nicotine is itself a deadly poison,” said Dr. Jon Cole, Medical Director of the Hennepin Regional Poison Center and Minnesota Poison Control. “Nicotine causes nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, weakness, and in severe poisoning, causes both severe paralysis and seizures ultimately leading to death.”

HCMC, local nonprofit team up to help diabetics in need
KSTP 5, 6/9/15
Matter is teaming up with the Hennepin County Medical Center to help patients with diabetes.

Herbal opiod Kratom raises concerns of doctors
Fox 9, 6/8/15
Use of an herbal and nutritional supplement called Kratom is raising the concern of doctors and appears to be on the rise in the Twin Cities. Hennepin County Medical Center’s Poison Control Center has had about 20 calls so far this year, double the number as usual. Some of the callers with symptoms of withdrawal and addiction.

1 in 100,000 odds, Minnesota wife gives husband her kidney
Fox 9, 6/4/15
When they got married 26 years ago, Janet Tracy had already given her heart to her husband, John. Now she’s added another important organ to that list.

As Minnesota insurers limit access to hepatitis C drugs, patients chafe
Star Tribune, 6/2/15
Critics note there is something particularly frustrating about denying coverage for hepatitis C patients until they show complications; the viral infection can leave patients symptom-free for years but eventually cause failure or cancer of the liver.

Volunteers packing survivor kits for sex assault victims
WCCO 4, 5/29/15
The effort to provide clothing to victims after a sexual assault is the main focus of the non-profit volunteer organization, which has an all-female membership.

Hot Property: Ambulatory Outpatient Specialty Center at Hennepin County Medical Center
Star Tribune, 5/28/15
The Hennepin County Medical Center and architects BWBR have revealed more design, landscaping and site plan details of the new Ambulatory Outpatient Specialty Center across S. 8th Street from HCMC’s emergency department as the project begins its navigation through the city approval process.

At some MN Clinics, the doctor and lawyer will see you now
MPR, 5/26/15
Some health care clinics are adding on-site attorneys to their teams of doctors and nurses to provide convenient, free legal advice to low-income patients.

Doctor burnout is a rising problem in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 5/24/15
Dr. Mark Linzer at Hennepin County Medical Center found that doctors insulate patients from their personal stress, but concluded in research over the past decade that many retire early because of the pressure.

Dairy Queen removing sodas from kids’ menus
WCCO 4, 5/15/15
“We’ve built a world for ourselves where sometimes those unhealthy decisions are actually easier to make than healthy decisions,” Dr. John Anderson, a Hennepin County Medical Center pediatrician, said.  He says the real enemy in soda is the high-sugar levels.

Minn. man survives motocycle crash; advocates helmet use
KSTP, 5/12/15
One Minnesota man’s family said he’s lucky to be alive after a recent crash.

Study: cheap and expensive bike helmets perform the same
KARE 11, 5/12/15
Doctor Andrew Kiragu with Hennepin County Medical Center says what is most important when it comes to safety is a good fitting helmet.

Don’t need a bike helmet? Think again!
KARE 11, 4/30/15
Does your family need a refresher course on safe bike riding? Check out this video from Hennepin County Medical Center.

HCMC receives $2.5 million grant from United Health Group
Business Wire, 4/29/15 (press release)
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has been awarded a $2.5 million grant over three years by United Health Foundation to support HCMC’s innovative programs that provide services for patients with complex socioeconomic and health issues.

New mobile mammography screening
NBC Right Now, 4/27/15 (press release)
Reducing the barriers to healthcare is a priority for us, says Dr. Truwit, Professor and Chief, Department of Radiology, HCMC. Having mammography mobile units in less accessible areas of the county helps ensure that we provide women with the same level of care as they would receive in our breast center. We want to bring the best technologies to women in communities across Minnesota.

Morris area EMT students train at HCMC
Morris Sun Tribune, 4/20/15
tudents from the Morris Area High School Emergency Medical Technician class had an opportunity to visit Hennepin County Medical Center to participate in high fidelity simulated training scenarios in the HCMC “Sim-Center.”

Two more papers support Medtronic clot-removal therapy for strokes
Star Tribune, 4/17/15
Dr. Bharathi Jagadeesan, who treated stroke patients at Hennepin County Medical Center as part of the Swift Prime trial, said Medtronic’s device puts another tool in doctors’ hands for fighting the effects of ischemic stroke.

Brain Injury Alliance
Fox 9, 4/12/14
More than 100,000 people in Minnesota are living with a brain injury according to Dr. Andrew Kiragu, who recently spoke at the MN Brain Injury Alliance conference in Brooklyn Center.

On the east side of downtown Minneapolis, new wave of development begins
Star Tribune, 4/11/15
HCMC will soon begin work on a new $191 million ambulatory center, which will consolidate several of its clinics currently scattered throughout its sprawling campus. It will then turn its attention to reimagining the use of space on the entire campus, becoming a catalyst for development in its own right.

“We are always thinking about how to improve efficiency and reduce waste. The only way to do that is to remodel space,” CEO Jon Pryor said. “We will wrestle with what we do with a lot of vacated space.”

Klobuchar calls for regulation of laundry pods
Star Tribune, 4/10/15
The Minnesota Poison Control System reported 49 detergent-packet-related cases in 2012 — when the products began gaining popularity — compared with 352 in 2014.

Dr. Jon Cole, medical director of the Poison Control System, said Friday that the packets are one of three major emerging poisoning trends in the state, the other two being e-cigarette juice and synthetic drugs.

Klobuchar calls for regulation of laundry pods
Star Tribune, 4/10/15
Speaking at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Klobuchar said the bill would authorize the Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop rules requiring childproof packaging, warning labels, and changes to packet designs and colors to make them less appealing to kids, and adjustments to their composition that would make the consequences of exposure less severe.

Former pro snowboarder shares message of hope at HCMC
WCCO Radio, 4/9/15
Kevin Pearce competed for years as a professional snowboarder and dreamed of the Olympics before an accident in 2009 left him with traumatic brain injury.

Today at Hennepin County Medical Center, Pearce met with patients suffering from traumatic brain trauma and offering his support and encouragement.

Sheriff’s Office creates full-time patrol unit to patrol HCMC
Star Tribune, 4/5/15
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has started regular patrols at the Hennepin County Medical Center following a series of violent incidents at the state’s largest public hospital.

Getting the biggest bang for your buck
Sun Post, 3/29/15
Good providers actively listen to you, care about you as a person and want to make your experience the best. By knowing how to navigate the system and get the most out of your visit will benefit in more ways than one. After all, the end goal is to help you achieve optimal physical, social and mental health.

Natalie Ikeman is a physician assistant at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Golden Valley Clinic in the Family Medicine Department.

Health Care Systems Try to Cut Costs by Aiding the Poor and Troubled
New York Times, 3/22/15
Jerome Pate, a homeless alcoholic, went to the emergency room when he was cold. He went when he needed a safe place to sleep. He went when he was hungry, or drunk, or suicidal.

He made 17 emergency room visits in just four months last year, a costly spree that landed him in the middle of an experiment to reinvent health care for the hardest-to-help patients here in Hennepin County.

Health Check: Allergy Season Comes Early
NW Cable 12 TV, 3/17/15
“It’s tree pollen season,” says Dr. John Sweet of HCMC’s Parkside Allergy Clinic. “It’s starting, and people are already starting to have symptoms: the itchy, watery eyes. Some people’s asthma is starting to get more reactive.”

Funding cuts threaten Poison Center’s future
MPR, 3/16/15
The center is part of the Minnesota Poison Control System, which evolved from a few hospital-based poison centers in the 1970s and ’80s to one emergency call center located at Hennepin County Medical Center. The Poison Center’s toxicology specialists take an average of 132 calls a day, handling everything from household poisonings to drug overdoses and snake bites.

Outdoor winter yoga
Star Tribune, 3/14/15
To raise awareness of healthy bodies, hearts and minds — and to raise money for Hennepin County Medical Center — dozens of yogis braved windchills of minus-25 last month to practice Snoga on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

HCMC unveils rendering of $191M expansion
MSP Business Journal, 3/13/15
Hennepin County Medical Center has unveiled renderings of the 322,000-square-foot ambulatory outpatient specialty center that it plans to build near its downtown campus.

CardioMEMS a life-changer for chronic heart failure patients
Fox 9, 3/5/15
Doctors say the CardioMEMS device is about to change a lot of lives. So far, at Hennepin County Medical Center, doctors have implanted the device in three patients. The fourth patient says she’s ready to be “much better” and stop taking so many hospital visits.

How to beat burnout: 7 signs physicians should know
AMA Wire, 3/4/15
Mark Linzer, MD, Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, has studied physician burnout since 1996. He said he understands why many physicians eventually feel exhausted practicing medicine, but this problem is avoidable.

St. Jude device gives early warning on heart failure
Star Tribune, 2/27/15
Dr. Fouad Bachour showed St. Jude Medical’s CardioMEMS device to Joe Jones before implanting it into him on Thursday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. HCMC is the first hospital in the Twin Cities to offer this therapy for heart failure patients.

KARE 11 Investigates: Drowsy driving
KARE 11, 2/23/15
Drowsy driving is often compared to drunken driving because the impairments are similar.

That’s what KARE 11 discovered after putting four sleep-deprived volunteers to the test recently on a closed course. Doctors at the Hennepin County Medical Center helped organize the experiment. The night before, sleep specialists at HCMC hooked up the volunteers with wires so doctors can monitor their brain waves while they drive.

8 things you need to know about sleep
Minnesota Public Radio, 2/23/15
Sleep experts — Dr. Imran Khawaja of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at HCMC and Lauren Hale of the National Sleep Foundation journal Sleep Health — joined MPR News to talk about the latest research and tips for getting a better night’s rest.

The healing power of acupuncture
NW Cable 12 News, 2/17/15
Once a week, Lisa Schmidt visits the HCMC clinic in Golden Valley to seek treatment for chronic pain.

“I’m a runner, and I’ve been having hip problems,” Schmidt said.

But HCMC Acupuncturist Lena Beste doesn’t give Schmidt traditional painkillers. Instead, she inserts thin acupuncture needles into Schmidt’s skin at strategic points in her body, and that’s where they’ll stay for the next 25 minutes.

Study says teens growing more sleep deprived
WCCO Radio, 2/16/15
Dr. Louis Kazaglis is a sleep medicine physician at Hennepin County Medical Center. He says teens who are sleep deprived are more likely to get in car accidents, and are prone to depression, academic problems, substance abuse and weight gain.

Twin Cities hospitals are front line in treating Bakken burn victims
Star Tribune, 2/15/15
About a dozen Bakken burn victims have been treated at the Hennepin County Medical Center in the last three or so years, according to its burn unit director, Ryan Fey.

The health benefits of being bilingual
Northwest Cable 12, 2/3/15
“There have been a couple of studies that have shown that bilingualism may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by up to five years,” said Anne Murray, MD, a geriatrician, internist, and epidemiologist specializing in dementia at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Dr. David Hilden talks about measles
WCCO Radio, 2/2/15
“There’s a major need to educate the public on how safe the measles vaccine is,” said Dr. David Hilden.

“It can save lives,” he said. “We’re almost inviting diseases from the past back into our life through our maybe well-intentioned but misinformed behaviors. There’s really no reason not to get your child vaccinated.”

30 years later, Minn. doctor still opening doors in fight against AIDS
MPR, 1/29/15
Dr. Keith Henry still remembers the first patient he lost to AIDS. It was late spring 1984 and a young college instructor came to Henry’s hospital with an aggressive AIDS-related pneumonia. The man’s intelligent banter impressed Henry. But before long, his patient was silenced by a ventilator. Within weeks, he was dead. It hit Henry hard. He was 31 years old, nearly the same age as the patient.

Ice fishermen reminded to be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning
Waseca County News, 1/28/15
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs more often during the heating months. In 2014, the Minnesota Poison Control System received 514 calls regarding carbon monoxide poisoning with the highest number of calls coming in January and February.

Man beats the odds after ATV crash leaves serious brain injuries
WCCO 4, 1/26/15
“There’s a scale people get scored on when they come in the emergency department and he was just clearly on all measures all the way down on the severe end of the scale,” Brionn Tonkin with HCMC’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center said.

Daughter donates kidney to mother
KARE 11, 1/24/15
Some people have suffered more than their share of hard times and heartbreak in life. Carolina Grice may finally have that happy ending she so deserves.

Widowed mother warns of blood clot risk
WCCO 4, 1/24/14
Dr. Michael Hu, a vascular surgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center, says pulmonary embolisms happen when blood clots in major veins break off and travel — then block off the lungs.

As TJ McCorkle’s house burned, he faced a choice: jump or die
Fox 9, 1/19/15
TJ landed on the concrete. He didn’t break any bones, but he’s going to need surgery for the 2nd and 3rd degree burn injuries he suffered. He’s currently in satisfactory condition at HCMC’s burn unit.

Tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
KSTP 5, 1/13/15
Dr. Bjorn Westgard from Hennepin County Medical Center stopped by KSTP to talk about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dangerously cold weather across the U.S.
MyFox NY, 1/8/15
With wind chills plunging into the minus-30s to the minus-50s across Minnesota on Wednesday, Dr. Ryan Fey of the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis warned that serious frostbite injuries can happen in 10 minutes or less.

How to keep your home free from radon
WCCO 4, 1/7/15
You can’t see, smell or taste radon in your home. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there, according to Dr. Jon Cole of the Minnesota Poison Control System.

Protecting yourself against frostbite this winter
KARE 11, 1/7/15
Being outside when it’s 25 to 30 below wind chill range can be dangerous to your body, especially if you aren’t prepared for the bitter cold.

Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Surgeon Dr. Jon Gayken visited KARE Sunrise with some important tips on how you can protect yourself from frostbite and prevent a trip to the hospital.

Man’s brush with frostbite serves as warning to others
WCCO 4, 1/6/15
Dr. Ryan Fey at Hennepin County Medical Center said they see about 25 cases of frostbite on average in a year. However, last year’s brutal winter brought a record 200 severe cases into HCMC.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Month: HCMC Food Shelf
KARE 11, 1/6/15
This month KARE 11 is featuring the Food Shelf at Hennepin County Medical Cente. HCMC’s Food Shelf serves patients and families in need at HCMC clinics.

Quick treatment key to minimizing frostbite injury
MPR, 1/5/15
During sub-zero weather exposed fingers, noses and ears can suffer frostbite within 10 minutes.

Dr. Ryan Fey, medical director of HCMC’s Burn Center, urges anyone who suspects they have a frostbite injury to seek immediate medical care to minimize their chances of suffering permanent tissue damage.

Minnesota flu outbreak shows no sign of letting up
Star Tribune, 1/1/15
“We are seeing a lot of upper respiratory illness,” said Mary Ellen Bennett, director of infection prevention at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Worst flu outbreak in 4 years hits Minnesota
WCCO 4, 12/21/14
Across the Twin Cities, doctors and nurses have been trying to keep up with respiratory illness and influenza.

“Our volumes have been increasing, especially of our pediatric patients,” Emergency Medicine Dr. Stephen Dunlop of the Hennepin County Medical Center.  Dunlop says typically every year there’s a major spike in the number of flu cases — and it’s a week ahead of schedule this year.

Where chronic disease and hunger intersect, Minnesotans are innovating
MinnPost, 12/17/14
A pioneering effort in that direction took shape four years ago when Hennepin County Medical Center opened what it called a therapeutic food pharmacy, a food shelf in the hospital.

Battle against AIDS continues
Star Tribune, 12/2/14
Patricia Settles, a senior community health worker at Hennepin County Medical Center, quizzed a visitor about HIV/AIDS at the World AIDS Day resource fair at HCMC.

Letter: Resident raves about Golden Valley Clinic
Sun Post, 12/2/14
“I just want to write about my really great experience at the Hennepin County Medical Center Golden Valley Clinic on Duluth Street. In particular about Dr. Bryan Nelson and his staff.”

200 Pediatric patients at Richfield Clinic receive bikes
KSTP 5, 11/29/14
About 200 hundred children have a new way to get around town with the refurbished bikes they received Saturday. The children are patients at the Hennepin County Medical Center’s Richfield clinic.

Children at HCMC recieve bikes from free Bikes 4 Kidz
WCCO 4, 11/29/14
As they fight to get healthier, 200 sick kids got an early holiday present. All of the children are patients at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Richfield Clinic.

Being ready for the worst makes trauma team an award winner
West Central Tribune, 11/24/14
The Granite Falls Hospital trauma team is the most recent — and one of the smallest — of the state’s hospitals to receive the Trauma Team Excellence Award presented by the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Mother and “miracle” baby out of ICU after blaze destroyed their home
Bring Me The News, 11/22/14
A mother and her 6-month-old baby injured in a blaze that engulfed their mobile home are out of intensive care.

Alexis Liemthongsamout, 19, and her daughter Madysin Murch were in a critical condition after suffering from severe smoke inhalation last week when a fire destroyed their home in St. James, Minnesota.

Mom and baby rescued from St. James fire out of ICU
WCCO 4, 11/21/14
Alexis Liemthongsamout and Madysin Murch suffered smoke inhalation last week when a fire started in their mobile home in St. James, which is about 40 miles southwest of Mankato. They were transported to HCMC for care.

Fire survivor fundraiser for Minn. mom, baby
KARE 11, 11/21/14
In the early morning hours of November 13th, a fire raged through a mobile home in St. James; sleeping inside were Alexis Alexis Liemthongsamout and her daughter, Madisyn.

“I woke up and I saw smoke,” Alexis said recalling the story on Friday from her daughter’s hospital room in the pediatric intensive care unit at HCMC.

Life with PCD: It’s like having a cold 365 days a year
Fox 9, 11/20/14
Imagine if having clean, healthy lungs was never a possibility, because you were born with a rare disease that takes that away from you. It’s called primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), and the problems it causes are almost unbelievable.

It’s not an easy diagnosis. “The classic would be a kid that gets a lot of colds, but when other kids rid of their cold and they go on with things, they have to go on antibiotics,” explained Dr. Robert Kempainen.

Health care needs less innovation and more imitation
Harvard Business Review, 11/19/14
When organizations overemphasize innovation, they can miss out on the power of imitation – copying existing approaches that actually work. Providers need to actively seek out good ideas that have been tried and refined, bring those ideas home, and adapt them for local use.

We’re not the first to have made this observation – in fact, we cannot remember who we stole it from. It may have been Jon Pryor, the CEO of Hennepin County Medical Center, who mused about appointing a Chief Imitation Officer for his organization – someone whose sole job was to look outside for good ideas to bring home.

HCMC’s parent and home care provider MVNA reach deal to combine
Business Journal, 11/19/14
Hennepin County Medical Center will expand into the home- and hospice-care business by combining with MVNA.

Infant Safe Sleep Week is November 16-22
KSTP 5, 11/18/14
It’s “Infant Safe Sleep Week” and the Minnesota Department of Health is alerting parents about the proper way to put a baby to bed. It could save a life.

Your child’s family child care facility is getting the latest information through annual safe sleeping training. Still, Dr. Scott Velders says parents must do their research.

Minnesota Ready: How cold is too cold?
KSTP 5, 11/17/14
For a lot of us, Minnesota cold is just another part of being Minnesotan. But with the cold comes the danger of frostbite. For Allan Schaefer, the threat of frostbite became a reality.

Pierz, Minn. tree trimmer cheats death twice
Fox 9, 11/12/14
Just 3 weeks ago, Eden Hanson, a tree trimmer from Pierz, Minn., fell from the top of an oak tree and was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center. He knows he cheated death last month, but he has done it before. The first time was when he was only a few days old.

Former smoker’s story might help you quit
Fox 9, 11/12/14
It has been four months since surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from Michael Mullaney’s lung. A CT scan will reveal if he is still battling the deadly disease. Last March, Mullaney was screened for lung cancer at Hennepin County Medical Center, where they started offering the tests for just $99 dollars, which is a big deal because if you catch the cancer while it’s still in the lungs, there’s a 55 percent survival rate. Once it spreads outside the lungs, that rate drops to less than 5 percent.

HCMC radiologist Dr. Gopal Punjabi said it could have killed him.

Minn. Ready: How serious is frostbite?
KSTP 5, 11/10/14
Dr. Ryan Fey at Hennepin County Medical Center has seen his fair share of frostbite. He works in the burn center as a surgeon. He said the biggest risk factor for getting frostbite is alcohol, or substance use.

“When we’re sober, we’re smart, right?” Fey said. “We know how to handle this thing properly.”

Fey also said 2013 marked a record high at HCMC for frostbite. There were 200 cases. A normal year has only 25 cases.

Minn. hospitals deal with increasing risk of violence
KARE 11, 11/6/14
At Hennepin County Medical Center, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, healthcare workers recently took part in an active shooter simulation exercise. A video of the drill shows a man with a gun entering a makeshift hospital emergency triage area.

“We deal with real life and death here every day. It’s one of, I think, the realities of what we need to be prepared for,” said Scott Wordelman, who is HCMC’s vice president of ambulatory administration.

Hennepin Health saves money by housing, employing patients
Modern HealthCare, 11/3/14
Hennepin Health was formed in 2012 to manage the medical care and costs of poor adults who gained insurance through Minnesota’s early expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Visits to the emergency room dropped by roughly 9% during the first year, as less expensive outpatient visits increased 3% and the percentage of patients who got optimal care for diabetes, asthma and heart disease, though small, grew by 11%, 8% and 23%, respectively.

Poison experts warn about glow sticks
KSTP 5, 10/29/14
Last October and November, more than 170 calls for help related to glow sticks came in to the Hennepin Regional Poison Center. Over the phone, experts walk families through the process of flushing the liquid from a child’s throat or eyes.

“We can keep you home a vast majority of the time and not ruin this night and save money to the general healthcare system,” Kirk Hughes with the Minnesota Poison Control System said.

Sick of raking? So are allergy sufferers
NW Cable 12, 10/28/14
“If you find you’re affected by mold, it’s important to wear a mask while raking,” said Celia Hemmerich, PA, “or find somebody else to do it for you.”

HCMC recognizes Rice Hospital for trauma care
West Central Tribune, 10/26/14 (subscription)

Minnesota tre trimmer survives 60-foot fall
Pioneer Press, 10/24/14
23-year-old Eden Hanson of Pierz broke his arm, six ribs and his sternum and lacerated his liver and spleen in the fall this week. Doctors at the Hennepin County Medical Center tell him he likely wouldn’t have survived if he hadn’t been wearing a helmet.

Healthy States Profiles in Health: Dr. Veronica Svetaz
Minnesota Public Radio, 10/17/14
Being an immigrant is like having a chronic illness, says Dr. Maria Veronica Svetaz, a native of Argentina who runs a health program on Lake Street in Minneapolis tailored to the needs of Latinos. Somehow it never goes away and will always be there, for good and for bad.”

In cities with West African populations, hospitals take extra steps
New York Times, 10/17/14
In the Minneapolis area, home to the largest Liberian community outside Liberia, Hennepin County Medical Center is doing four-hour drills with fake patients and “focusing on everything, including ‘No, that’s not a big enough wastebasket,’ ” said Dr. John Hick, the medical director for emergency preparedness.

As Ebola surprises, Minnesota public health experts step up
Pioneer Press, 10/16/14
Hennepin County Medical Center was running an Ebola training exercise just hours before word broke of the first Dallas case, said spokeswoman Christine Hill.

Hill said training has continued as the Minneapolis hospital monitors the situation and follows the recommendations of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Physician burnout is on the rise (subscription required)
Chicago Tribune, 10/14/14
Mark Linzer, director of the division of general internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, has been studying physician burnout since 1996. Burnout, he says, is a long-term stress reaction that includes emotional exhaustion, a sense of depersonalization, and a lack of a sense of personal accomplishment.

Local hospitals fight Ebola through hands-on training
WCCO 4, 10/13/14
Emergency room doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center have a series of protective measures they take with quarantined patients. The measures are designed around the fact that Ebola is spread by direct contact with body fluids like blood, sweat and urine.

“Most of the risk occurs if you do have any blood or diarrhea or other stuff on you that has viral particles in it,” Dr. John Hick said. “If you, in the process of taking it off, drag that stuff across your skin, or maybe wipe your eye or something, that’s how most of the health care providers are getting infected.”

St. Anthony Village Children Join International Walk to School Day October 8
Lillie News, 10/8/14
Julie Philbrook, Safe Kids of Hennepin County Coordinator, emphasizes the importance of showing children how to walk safely. “Our children learn by mimicking what they see. By walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show them how to make good choices when it comes to safety.”

Twin Cities Marathon runner recovering from near-fatal heart attack
Pioneer Press, 10/6/14
Chuck Bergen, 61, of Apple Valley collapsed during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, after an apparent heart attack. Thanks to quick work by a fellow runner, Bergen survived and is recuperating at Hennepin County Medical Center.

A nearby runner who works as a catheterization lab nurse stopped to help Bergen when he collapsed. He was joined by two bicycle-mounted medics who happened upon the scene and used a portable defibrillator to shock Bergen’s heart, said Mike Rogers, who supervised HCMC paramedics during the marathon.

HCMC promotes Dr. Andrew Schmidt to Chief of Orthopedics
Mpls/StPaul Magazine, 10/6/14

Minnesota hospitals, health officials say they’re well-prepared for Ebola
Star Tribune, 10/4/14
If a suspected Ebola case enters HCMC, a nurse will notify the infection prevention department immediately and make sure that someone is posted outside the patient’s room to record all persons coming and going and ensure that they’re wearing protective clothing, said Mary Ellen Bennett, HCMC’s director of infection prevention.

Samples of bodily fluids would be walked upstairs for lab tests rather than going through the pneumatic tubes, said Dr. John Hick, medical director for HCMC’s emergency medical services. The state Health Department recently got equipment that can confirm the disease within hours rather than days, he added.

Twin Cities health facilities: We’re ready for Ebola
Pioneer Press, 10/4/14
Mary Ellen Bennett, the hospital’s director of infection prevention, said a patient displaying Ebola-like symptoms would be placed in a negative pressure room, a facility in which air is emitted through a filter and separate exhaust system, rather than recirculated through the building. The patient also would be given supportive care, meaning hydration and nutrition assistance.

MSP Airport establishes Ebola quarantine area
KSTP 5, 10/3/14

Mortenson looks like winner in HCMC’s $191 million expansion
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 10/3/14
Hennepin County Medical Center seems to have narrowed the field of contenders to build its $191 million campus expansion to just one: Mortenson Construction.

Inside Hennepin County Medical Center’s Isolation Unit
KSTP 5, 10/3/14
Medical Director John Hick explained wearing the proper protective wear is crucial. They have 800 kits with full protective gear for anyone who has to go inside the isolation unit. Hicks explains, the process of taking that gear off after being exposed to diseases is risky.

Countering Fear of Ebola With Education Where West Africans Live in the U.S.
New York Times, 10/3/14
Dr. John L. Hick, the medical director for emergency preparedness at Hennepin County Medical Center, said the hospital is also developing new protocols for testing blood and disposing of waste from patients suspected of having Ebola. And it is trying to calm medical personnel anxious about encountering patients with the virus, he said.

“We’re trying to help everyone feel more comfortable that we’ve got the protective equipment, we’ve got the protocols in place,” Dr. Hick said. “People are much more interested now that the case in Dallas has actually made it real: ‘Yes, we’ve got to get our game face on.’ ”

HCMC negotiating with Mortenson to build $191M expansion
Finance and Commerce, 10/2/14 (subscription required)
Scheduled to open in 2017, HCMC’s new building will include primary care clinics, specialty clinics and outpatient surgery facilities.

Diver survives close call
KARE 11, September 30, 2014
Terry Begnoche has logged 40 years of diving experience. But his last few dives at Hennepin County Medical Center’s hyperbaric chamber are the ones that matter the most.

Single mom and amputee faces a new life without fingers
Dairyland Peach, 9/28/14
Exposed to the below zero temperatures for over 45 minutes, Brianna Wilson’s body was beginning to shut down. First responders arrived at the scene and began covering her body with heated blankets. She was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and spent a few weeks there recovering.

Rare treatment saves diver
Star Tribune, 9/27/14
Terry Benoche’s decompression sickness was so severe that saving him required a helicopter rescue to Marquette, Mich., and then a low-altitude flight to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis — where doctors tried a rare treatment protocol that they looked up in the U.S. Navy Diving Manual.

Cat bites, infections on the rise
Fox 9, 9/25/14
Cat bites are often perceived as an inconvenient prick and pinch, but they can lead to serious infections, hospitalization and even amputation if left untreated — and HCMC is treating more patients each year.

Stuck in a hospital bed, hit and run victim holds no grudge
WCCO 4, 9/23/14
The victim of a hit-and-run says he’s not angry with the man who nearly killed him. The patient remains at HCMC, three weeks after the crash. For him, the simplest movements now bring great joy.

Despite recent lockdowns, HCMC says it’s got security under control
WCCO 4, 9/22/14
“Anytime we have an incident that rises to the point of concern, where there could be a safety issue, or security issue, we go into what we call a yellow alert,” said HCMC’s Scott Wordelman.

Interview: What parents need to know about Enterovirus D68
KSTP 5, 9/18/14
Dr. Stacene Maroushek from Hennepin County Medical Center, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases, stopped by KSTP to talk about what parents need to know about Enterovirus D68.

HCMC doctor talks about enterovirus
KARE 11, 9/18/14
“It’s definitely increased our volume in our clinics,” explained Dr. Stacene Maroushek in a live interview on KARE 11 about Enterovirus D68.

Mother of U of M student warns of “marijuana wax”
Fox 9 News, 9/18/14
Dr. Charlie Reznikoff is an addiction medicine specialist at HCMC, and he also sits on the state’s medical marijuana task force. Since marijuana wax is readily available in other states and can travel easily, he’s not surprised to hear it’s in Minnesota now.

Nursing student reaps benefits of summer internship at HCMC
Gustavus Adolphus College, 9/12/14
After three years of coursework and clinical experiences through.the Nursing Department at Gustavus Adolphus College, senior Molly Ashwill was looking for a summer internship last spring that would allow her to gain more experience in the clinical setting. Ashwill found what she was looking for through the Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Student Nurse Internship Program.

HIV drug works, but convincing people to use it is a hard sell
Minnesota Public Radio, 9/7/14
“HIV is not the fearsome entity that it once was, HIV and AIDS,” said Dr. Keith Henry, an HIV specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center. “If this had been available in the ’80s and ’90s, interest would be much higher because people were panicked.”

The Drive: Making the case for bike helmets
Star Tribune, 9/7/14
Julie Philbrook, a trauma prevention specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center, said that wearing a helmet can reduce the chances of sustaining a head injury by 85 percent and a brain injury by 88 percent.

Space Station astronaut had medical training at HCMC
KARE 11, 9/6/14
A NASA astronaut was in Minneapolis Saturday. Dr. Kjell Lindgren spoke at the American Swedish Institute. In March 2015, he will fly to the International Space Station. He used to live in the Twin Cities and did his emergency medical training at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) seven years ago.

Helping kids handle back-to-school stress
KARE 11, 9/2/14
Students can be full of nerves as they head back to the classroom. But there are ways parents and guardians can help. It’s important to know that kids feeling stress will not always say it.

“They may say things like they don’t feel well, they have a tummy ache, maybe they’re not sleeping as well. Perhaps they may be a little more irritable than usual,” explained Dr. Julie Joseph-Di Caprio, Chief of Pediatrics at Hennepin County Medical Center.

New vaccination requirements for students
KARE 11, 9/1/14
Students entering the 7th grade are now required to receive the tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough vaccine, known as T-DAP. Elizabeth Olson, who works at The Clinic at Walmart, operated by Hennepin County Medical Center, said her branch has seen double the amount of patients.

Ebola virus: the newest threat
WCCO Radio, 8/30/14
“In the countries where Ebola is spreading… there’s such a stigma around the disease, and a fear of quarantine,” explains Dr. John Hick, Emergency Physician at HCMC. “It’s so easily spread from an infected person.”

Back to school physicals are important
Sun Post, 8/28/14
“Back-to-school physicals are as important as filling that new backpack with school supplies,” explains Natalie Ikeman, PA from HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic. “It is the perfect opportunity to get needed immunizations, have a physical exam and discuss important factors that affect a child’s health and well-being.”

Got your shots? New vaccination laws start Monday
NW Cable 12, 8/29/14
“We have been so busy with kids coming in for vaccines,” said Natalie Ikeman, a physician assistant at HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic.

The new vaccine law requires students entering seventh grade to get the Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diptheria, bacterial meningitis and whooping cough.

Learn hands-only CPR at the Fair
KARE 11, 8/29/14
It takes just minutes to learn how to save a life. At the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) booth in the Health Fair 11 building, you can learn hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). HCMC’s Robin Lewis explained that doing only chest compressions works because there is is generally enough oxygen in the blood.

Shots outside HCMC highlight need for hospitals to balance security, care
Star Tribune, 8/28/14
A day after a street fight and shooting that shattered windows and glass doors at the Hennepin County Medical Center, a hospital official praised staff for not letting the violent attack interrupt the emergency room for long.

“We were back to normal operations in less than half an hour,” said Scott Wordelman, a vice president at the medical center.

Eden Prairie family featured in HCMC anniversary video
Eden Prairie News, 8/28/14
Megan Troske’s injury occurred late one night in 2011 when she was 8 weeks old. “I feel, without a doubt, without HCMC we wouldn’t have Megan anymore,” said her mom, Kim.

The Creatives: 7 of MN’s most successful innovators
Twin Cities Business Magazine, 8/27/14
Pam Clifford has spent her career bringing stakeholders together. One of her secrets to breaking through resistance: head straight to the top.

Does shaking hands with your doctor spread disease?
Star Tribune, 8/27/14
The notion of outlawing the doctor-patient handshake pits two values sacred to the medical profession against each other: do no harm vs. compassionate care. Many doctors say banning this small yet meaningful connection would erode the human touch central to the medical practice.

“It’s a really important part of being a caregiver,” said Dr. Robert Quickel, a surgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center.

“Parents, love your kids, hug them, you never know what can happen”
Fox 9 News, 8/24/14
An Eden Prairie High School sophomore-to-be broke his neck in a bike accident earlier in August, right before the start of football season.  He is surrounded by an overwhelming amount of love, support and prayer from family, friends and teammates.

An app for the fast-paced ER
Star Tribune, 8/24/14
Every minute counts at a hospital emergency department. But the hectic, unpredictable pace can make it a surprisingly inefficient workplace. Emergency Dept. workers began testing Synapse Blue software after Dr. Scott Joing , an HCMC physician and adviser to the company, started tinkering with the software and decided to get the product into the hands of front-line hospital staff.

State Fair: It helps to have a game plan
WCCO Radio, 8/21/14
Having a plan is comforting to many because it’s psychologically soothing. “Going to the State Fair is a ritual for many people,” said Hennepin County Medical Center psychologist Matthew Syzdek. He said the fact that the fair doesn’t change much over time is key.

Many pregnant women don’t get flu shots
KSTP 5, 8/19/14
“There’s no way you can get sick from the flu vaccine,” said Dr. Virginia Lupo, HCMC’s Chief of OB/GYN.

Making “other” patient data count in Minneapolis
Health Data Management, 8/18/14
“The big problem in healthcare is that all our systems and data sources are focused on the medical diagnoses, and all the risk scoring tools revolve around the medical diagnoses, and in our population that’s only about 10 to 15 percent of the story,” says Nancy Garrett, chief analytics officer of HCMC.

Doctors take “Ice Bucket Challenge”
WCCO 4, 8/16/14

Minnesotans throw cold water on ALS
KARE 11, 8/16/14
“About 30,000 people in the United States have this disease,” said Dr. Ezgi Tiryaki, from HCMC’s ALS Center of Excellence.  “In Minnesota, we think it is around 500 at any given time.”

Ice Bucket Challenge raises “unprecedented” $13.3M for ALS
Fox 9, 8/16/14
When Dr. Ezgi Tiryaki was asked to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money  and awareness of ALS, she said it was the least she could do — and she wasn’t alone. A few children, other members of the HCMC staff and a even other neurologists and doctors did the same.

Maternal Mental Illness
Science Magazine, 8/15/14
For many depressed mothers, symptoms begin during pregnancy and may also include disabling anxiety, explains this article co-authored by Dr. Helen Kim, a perinatal psychiatrist and medical director of HCMC’s Mother-Baby Program.

Hospitals embracing a “baby-friendly” approach to birth
Star Tribune, 8/15/14
Hennepin County Medical Center has been working toward its own baby-friendly certification, and since the beginning of its program has increased the percentage of mothers exclusively breast-feeding in the hospital from 24 percent to 62 percent, said Dana Barr, a family medicine staff physician at the HCMC Richfield Clinic.

Hennepin sheriff’s deputies now carry heroin antidote
Star Tribune, 8/13/14
“It’s a great additional tool for law enforcement officers, especially in the outer-ring suburbs and rural areas of Hennepin County,” said Robert Ball with Hennepin EMS.

HCMC celebrates 25 years of trauma
ECM Publications, 8/12/14
“What I think is unique about Hennepin is that we have this tremendous commitment to trauma specifically, that this is something we’ve done for long before the 25 years of verification,” said Chad Richardson, HCMC’s director of trauma services.

Robin Williams’ suicide raises depression awareness
NW Cable 12 News, 8/12/14
“Depression is something that is very real. It’s something that’s physical so when you become depress you physiologically have a lot of different experiences,” said Dr. Matthew Syzdek, a clinical psychologist with Hennepin County Medical Center.

Ebola Outbreak: Liberian doctor returns to Twin Cities for help
Fox 9, 8/11/14
Dr. Alfredmy Chessor graduated from Central High School in St. Paul and completed her residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Laundry detergent pod explodes in Minnesota toddler’s throat
Fox 9, 8/10/14
Laundry detergent pods have only been available for a few years, but the instances of poisonings have surged. “We’re seeing burns to the throat and stomach,” explains Kirk Hughes, RN of Hennepin Regional Poison Center.

A quarter-century of trauma care
Sun Post, 8/8/14
Dr. Chad Richardson, who did a six-year residency at HCMC and has been on staff for the better part of the last 12 years, feels that a huge part of the trauma center’s success lies with the dedication of the doctors, nurses and administrators that have walked its halls for the last 25 years.

HCMC to offer online diagnosis service
Mpls/St.Paul Business Journal, 8/7/14
HCMC will offer patients online visits with a nurse practitioner who can diagnose common health problems.

Persistence, screenings help local cancer survivor
NW Cable 12, 8/5/14
“If you’re having persistent symptoms that are bothering you and they’re not resolved by the visits that you have, to keep up and be persistent,” said Dr. Rachael Rapacz at the HCMC Clinic in Brooklyn Park.

Ebola
WCCO Radio, 8/2/14
“There’s no native Ebola in the United States,” explains Dr. Rebecca Zadroga, an infectious disease specialist at HCMC, in an interview with Esme Murphy.

Getting it wrong on cancer care
Forbes Magazine, 7/29/14; Dr. Andres Wiernik guest post

Technology bridges language gap at doctor’s office
NW Cable 12, 7/29/14; Michelle Chillstrom, Natalie Ikeman interviewed

Good Question:  What is Ebola?
WCCO 4, 7/29/14; Dr. Rebecca Zadroga interviewed

“Food pharmacy” at HCMC fills need for nutrition (@24:30 in podcast)
WCCO Radio, 7/20/14; Dr. Diana Cutts interviewed

New immunization law takes effect for students this year
WCCO 4, 7/19/14; Dr. Dawn Martin interviewed

Heroin overdose treatment training set for Hennepin County launch
MPR, 7/17/14; Dr. Jeffrey Ho quoted

Dayton names 16 to its medical marijuana task force
Star Tribune, 7/11/14; Dr. Charles Reznikoff quoted

In the Twin Cities, asthma hospitalization rate highest on I-94
MPR, 7/8/14; Dr. Gail Brottman interviewed

Top Docs: Dr. Andrew Schmidt, Dr. Michael Popkin
Mpls/St.Paul Magazine, 7/1/14; Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Popkin interviewed

St. Anthony Village Clinic selected as “Best Place for Healthcare”
Lillie Suburban News, 6/25/14

Aging well requires more than diet, exercise
NW Cable 12, 6/24/14; Dr. Peter Sandgren interviewed

Southwest metro police, fire departments partner for active shooter training
Sun Current, 6/20/14

Health Check: E-cigarettes
NW Cable 12, 6/17/14; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

Cholesterol care: statin drug guidelines updated
Fox 9, 6/17/14; Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew interviewed

Bike-related head injury rates up
KSTP 5, 6/12/14; Dr. Andrew Kiragu interviewed

Reinventing the internist
Minnesota Physician, 6/1/14; Dr. Anne Pereira quoted

Spring Allergies
NW Cable 12, 5/29/14; Natalie Ikeman interviewed

Take extra precautions in the sun
NW Cable 12, 5/27/14: Dr. Bryan Nelson interviewed

Health Check: Brain games
NW Cable 12, 5/13/14; Dr. Anne Murray interviewed

One-year-old expected to survive after 11-story fall
WCCO 4, 5/13/14; Dr. Tina Slusher interviewed

Miracle boy: toddler survives 11-story fall
Fox 9, 5/13/14; Dr. Tina Slusher interviewed

Toddler survives 11-story fall from hi-rise
KARE 11, 5/13/14; Dr. Tina Slusher interviewed

After “miracle” child survives 11 -story fall, questions arise about safety
MPR, 5/13/14; Dr. David Templeman interviewed

“Miracle” baby survives 11-story fall
MPR, 5/13/14; Dr. David Templeman interviewed

Toddler survives 11-story fall from Minneapolis hi-rise
KSTP 5, 5/13/14; Dr. Tina Slusher interviewed

Doctors, schools warn against “cold water challenge”
KARE 11, 5/12/14; Dr. Douglas Brunette interviewed

Program for struggling new moms has its first birthday
KSTP 5, 5/9/15; Dr. Helen Kim interviewed

Hospital is “excellent partner” in trauma care
Alexandria Echo Press, 5/7/14; Dr. Art Ney, Dr. Chad Richardson quoted

Northfield Trauma Center receives award from HCMC
Northfield News, 5/3/14

Shades of Blue
Minnesota Monthly, 5/1/14; Dr. Helen Kim interviewed

Luminary: Ernie Ruiz, MD
Metro Doctors, 5/1/14

The newest board-certified physician subspecialty
Metro Doctors, 5/1/14

Minnesota Trauma System
Metro Doctors, 5/1/14

Response to the 35W Bridge Collapse
Metro Doctors, 5/1/14

Low pressure system a literal pain in the neck
WCCO Radio, 5/1/14; Dr. Sebastian Ksionski interviewed

Health care professionals push vaccinations
NW Cable 12, 4/29/14; Dr. Stacene Maroushek interviewed

At some Minnesota clinics, a simple prescription for patient health needs: food
MPR, 4/22/14; Dr. Diana Cutts, Carmelita Nelson interviewed

Minnesota hospital wants to expand charitable program
Food Service Director magazine, 4/17/14; Bill Marks interviewed

Sexually transmitted diseases rose 10 percent in MN last year
Star Tribune, 4/16/14; Dr. Virginia Lupo quoted

New drugs prove effective in curing Hepatitis C
KARE 11, 4/15/14; Dr. Kay Schwebke interviewed

HCMC plans $191M expansion to its downtown campus
Star Tribune, 4/14/14; Dr. Jon Pryor, Scott Wordelman quoted

HCMC announces $191M expansion in downtown Minneapolis
Twin Cities Business Magazine, 4/14/14; Dr. Jon Pryor, Mike Opat quoted

HCMC plans $191M expansion
Finance & Commerce, 4/14/14; Dr. Jon Pryor quoted

HCMC plans $191M expansion
Business Journal, 4/14/14; Dr. Jon Pryor quoted

E-cigarette warning for families
KSTP 5, 4/7/14; Dr. Ben Orozco interviewed live

Interview: Struggling with PTSD
KSTP 5, 4/3/14; Dr. Denise Lucia interviewed live

City of Minneapolis considers ear plug ordinance
KSTP 5, 4/1/14; Dr. Janet Hansen interviewed

New HCMC clinic opens in Golden Valley
NW Cable 12, 3/31/14; Dr. Bryan Nelson interviewed

Police enforce laws, educate parents about car seat safety
NW Cable 12, 3/27/14; Julie Philbrook interviewed

E-cigarette poisonings on the rise
Hibbing Tribune, 3/26/14; Dr. Ben Orozco interviewed

Family and friends mourn the loss of 21-year-old Matt Heisler
WDAZ 8, 3/19/14

Lakeville man gives life in death
KARE 11, 3/19/14

Because Matt Heisler chose to donate, 60 people may benefit
WCCO 4, 3/19/14

Donated organs of UND student could help up to 60 patients
KSTP 5, 3/19/14

Latest e-cig fear: Poisoned kids
Star Tribune, 3/19/14; Stacey Bangh interviewed

Lakeville grad dies after fire near UND; housemate risked life to save him
Star Tribune, 3/18/14

E-cig poisoning cases on rise among children
KARE 11, 3/18/14; Dr. Ben Orozco interviewed

Jump in youth e-cigarette poisonings prompts state health warning
MPR, 3/18/14; Kirk Hughes interviewed

E-cigarette contents can cause poisoning
Fox 9, 3/18/14; Kirk Hughes interviewed

Oakdale neighbor donates kidney
Fox 9, 3/16/14; Dr. John Silkensen interviewed

Cold contributed to deaths of 26 in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 3/14/14; Dr. Nate Scott interviewed

Good Samaritan law essential
Star Tribune, 3/10/14; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

For Minnesotans with disabilities, this winter brings extra peril
Star Tribune, 3/5/14; Dr. Andrew Schmidt quoted

Electronic devices stealing kids’ sleep
KARE 11, 3/3/14; Dr. Imran Khawaja interviewed

Restore long-term storage of newborn screening data
Star Tribune, 3/1/14; Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio and others commentary

Midlife and Medicine
Minnesota Medicine, 3/1/14; Dr. Tara Gustilo

Biopsy-based discard of donor kidneys may be misguided
Renal and Urology News, 2/26/14; Dr. Bertram Kasiske featured

Zohydro: FDA approves pain killer with 10 times the hydrocodone
Fox 9 News, 2/25/14; Dr. Charles Reznikoff interviewed

Heavy snowfall brings risk of injuries
WCCO 4, 2/20/14; Dr. Kartika Bhardwaj interviewed

HCMC doctor warns shoveling snow can trigger heart attacks
KSTP-5, 2/20/14; Dr. Bradley Bart interviewed

Another snowy day adds to a difficult winter
NW Cable 12, 2/20/14; Dr. Kartika Bhardwaj interviewed

Risk of stroke death higher for women
NW Cable 12, 2/18/14; Dr. Robert Taylor interviewed

At HCMC, a surprise drill in ER to deal with real emergencies
Star Tribune, 2/14/14; Dr. John Hick, Dr. Matt Rau interviewed

Health Check: HCMC Cancer Center
NW Cable 12, 2/11/14; Kelly Porter, RN interviewed

HCMC opens expanded Cancer Care Center
Business Journal, 2/11/14; Kelly Porter, RN quoted

Scared of needles? It’s because you’re wired differently
Star Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/11/14; Dr. Mark Linzer quoted

Run overby a train in Minneapolis, double amputee tells cautionary tale
Star Tribune, 2/9/14; Dr. Jon Krook quoted

Good Question: Why do we “twitch” when we start falling asleep?
WCCO 4, 2/7/14; Dr. Imran Khawaja answers

Pregnant and addicted: an awful burden to carry
MinnPost, 2/5/14; Dr. Virginia Lupo interviewed

Lung cancer screenings recommended for heavy smokers
WCCO 4, 2/5/14; Dr. Chip Truwit, Dr. Gopal Punjabi interviewed

Heroin addict speaks out about “epidemic”
Fox 9, 2/4/14; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

$99 lung cancer screenings for smokers at HCMC
Fox 9 News, 1/31/14; Dr. Chip Truwit, Dr. Gopal Punjabi interviewed

Champlin man rescued from burning car
WCCO 4, 1/30/14

Hearty Minnesotan with frostbite warns others
KARE 11, 1/28/14; Dr. Anne Lambert interviewed

Minnesota poised for coldest winter in 33 years
CBS News, 1/23/14; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Minnesota patient safety has improved over the past decade
KARE 11, 1/23/14; Lori Johnson interviewed

Minnesota medical mistakes down, and up
Star Tribune, 1/23/13; photo of Dr. Jackie Geissler

Student donates kidney to Minneapolis cop
WCCO 4, 1/18/14

Cutting-edge technology in Metro helps limit antibiotics doctors prescribe
KSTP 5, 1/14/14; Dr. David Williams interviewed

Docs ready for wave of new MNsure patients
Star Tribune, 1/12/13; Anthony Yanni quoted

Esme Murphy Show: Sleep APP-nea
WCCO Radio, 1/11/14; Dr. Imran Khawaja interviewed

Deaths, spike in frostbite cases follow Twin Cities’ frigid weather
Star Tribune, 1/9/14; Christine Hill quoted

Polar blast grips the US as bitterly cold temps spread south
euronews, 1/7/14; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Minnesota braces for brutal cold, icy temps
Star Tribune, 1/7/14; Dr. Ryan Fey quoted

Frostbite 101: Record number of cases in 2014
Fox 9 News, 1/6/14; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Icy gusts spread winter pain across the Midwest
Vancouver Sun (AP), 1/6/14; Dr. Douglas Brunette interviewed

Gone with the wind chill: gusts spread winter pain
AZ Family News (AP), 1/6/14; Dr. Douglas Brunette interviewed

Frostbite: How to prevent it and recognize it
Star Tribune, 1/5/14; Dr. Jon Gayken interviewed

Experts warn of frostbite, dead batteries in cold
Erie Times News (AP), 1/4/14; Dr. Brian Mahoney interviewed

Everyone accounted for after Minneapolis fire, officials say
Star Tribune, 1/3/14

Explosion survivors share their experiences
KARE 11, 1/3/14; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Cedar Ave. explosion victims tell their stories
Fox 9, 1/3/14; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

2nd body found, Mpls apartment survivors tell their stories
MN Daily, 1/3/14

Cedar-Riverside fire survivors recount harrowing moments
MPR, 1/3/14

Survivors of Mpls building explosion talk about escape
KSTP 5, 1/3/14

Minneapolis fire: survivors tell of escape, second victim found
Pioneer Press, 1/3/14

New accounts from survivors of New Year’s Day fire emerge
Star Tribune, 1/3/14

A long road ahead for victims of apartment fire
WCCO Radio,  1/3/14; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Health Check: Frostbite cases up at HCMC
NW Cable 12 TV, 12/31/14; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Police ready to help celebrators stay safe on NYE
WCCO 4, 12/30/13; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Aging but Dangerous – Sizzle
KLBB, 12/21/13; Dr. Meghan Walsh interviewed

Medical resident in Onamia
Mille Lacs Messenger, 12/20/13; Dr. Chandra Cherukuri quoted

Walter Chesley joins HCMC
Business Journal, 12/18/13

Don’t be left out in the cold!
Hibbing Daily Tribune, 12/18/13; Dr. David Plummer quoted

U freshman found dead on riverbank near Stone Arch Bridge
Star Tribune, 12/16/13; Dr. Brian Mahoney interviewed

Anoka High School grad new Trauma Director at HCMC
ABC Newspaper, 12/14/13; Dr. Chad Richardson interviewed

Deep freeze: Dress to avoid dangerous frostbite
Fox 9, 12/5/13; Dr. Anne Lambert interviewed

A new disorder plaguing teens: sleep texting
Star Tribune, 12/5/13; Dr. Marjorie Hogan quoted

Snow keeps metro-area emergency departments busy
KSTP 5, 12/4/13

HCMC nurse sworn in for active duty by officers, colleagues
KSTP 5, 12/3/13; Melissa Conner, RN interviewed

HCMC ER nurse trading scrubs for Air Force uniform
WCCO 4, 12/3/13; Melissa Conner, RN, Kristi Roers, RN, Michelle Lambert, RN interviewed

Homeless youth Thanksgiving in downtown Minneapolis
Fox 9 News, 11/29/13

Dassel-Cokato linebacker thankful to be alive after brain injury
Star Tribune, 11/28/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu quoted

A Beautiful World
MPR, 11/28/13; HCMC patient, and homeless youth dinner featured

Thanksgiving dinner for homeless youth
KSTP 5, 11/27/13

Minnesota hospitals train to prevent, react to violence
Star Tribune, 11/21/13; Dr. Jeffrey Ho, Michael Cole, William Leon interviewed

Good Samaritan helps rescue fisherman
KSTP 5, 11/19/13; Dr. Douglas Brunette interviewed

Pediatricians recommend putting kids on healthy “media diet”
Moms Everyday, 11/11/13; Dr. Marjorie Hogan quoted

Drunk driver’s crash victim travels long road to recovery
Fox 9, 11/10/13; Dr. Patrick Yoon, Dr. David Templeman interviewed

The sky-blue pressure chamber of yore
Stubble Magazine, 11/9/13; Steve Omodt interviewed

Hunter chooses euthanasia
WCCO Radio, 11/8/13; lead ethics consultant Ann Russel interviewed

Full circle: Former HCMC burn unit patient becomes doctor
Fox 9, 11/7/13; Dr. Jon Gayken, Dr. George Peltier, Margaret Brunner interviewed

Did you remember to change your clock?
WCCO Radio, 11/2/13; Dr. Imran Khawaja interviewed

Kidney Sisters
Women’s Press, 11/1/13

Racquetball hall-of-famer just thankful to be alive
Rochester Post-Bulletin, 10/30/13; Dr. Fouad Bachour interviewed

Halloween health concerns loom around holiday
KARE 11, 10/29/13; Dr. Becky Gardner interviewed

Trick or treat tip: Don’t bite the glow stick!
Star Tribune, 10/29/13; Hennepin Regional Poison Control System

Strategies to reduce cost, improve care for high-utilizing Medicaid patients
Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., 10/28/13

6 ways parents can give kids a “healthy media diet”
CBC, 10/28/13; Dr. Marjorie Hogan quoted

Help children manage media use, doctors say
HealthDay, 10/28/13; Dr. Marjorie Hogan quoted

Pediatricians set limits on kids’ media time
Wall Street Journal, 10/28/13; Dr. Marjorie Hogan quoted

Children need a healthy “media diet” 
National Monitor, 10/29/13; Dr. Marjorie Hogan quoted

Minn. hospitals, clinics prepare ahead of Affordable Care Act
KSTP 5, 10/22/13; Dr. Bill Heegaard interviewed

Affordable Care Act could magnify shortage of doctors
KSTP 5, 10/21/13; Dr. Meghan Walsh interviewed

Hospitals brace for more ER visits due to health care reform
KSTP 5, 10/20/13; Dr. Bill Heegaard interviewed

Why I left medicine: a burnt-our doctor’s decision to quit
National Public Radio, 10/18/13; Dr. Mark Linzer interviewed

Face Time: Dr. Jon Pryor
MSP Business Journal, 10/18/13; Dr. Jon Pryor interviewed

5 Ways to wake up amid Daylight Saving Time slump
Fox 9, 10/15/13; Dr. Imran Khawaja interviewed

Investigators: Overdose Antidote
Fox 9, 10/10/13; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

HCMC excited for new pediatric ICU
Star Tribune, 10/9/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu and Julie Curti interviewed

PBS documentary explores brain injuries in NFL
MPR, 10/9/13; Dr. Brionn Tonkin interviewed

HCMC opens new pediatric unit
KSTP 5, 10/9/13

Plymouth woman 9-year breast cancer survivor
NW Cable 12, 10/7/13; Dr. Natarajan Raman interviewed

HCMC’s new Spiritual Care Center designed for all beliefs (subscription)
Finance & Commerce, 10/7/13; Suzanne Owens-Pike quoted

Problems using MNsure? Officials urge patience
MPR, 10/3/13; Anthony Yanni interviewed

Decades-old hyperbaric chamber on view during demolition
Star Tribune, 10/2/1

With a few glitches, MNsure goes live
MPR, 10/2/13; Anthony Yanni interviewed

Drinking while pregnant: Economist, doctors debate
MPR, 10/2/13; Dr. Virginia Lupo interviewed

Pharmacists: the solutions to expanding clinical services
Pharmacy Today, 10/1/13; Bruce Thompson interviewed

Concussion in youth
MN Healthcare News, 10/1/13; by Drs. Brionn Tonkin, Armantina Espinosa

Jordana Green Show: Can we use sleep to get over phobias?
WCCO Radio, 9/25/13; Dr. Imran Khawaja interviewed

New HCMC leader looks to improve systems, care and cost
Star Tribune, 9/20/13; Dr. Jon Pryor interviewed

Jordana Green Show: Insomnia
WCCO Radio, 9/19/13; Dr. Imran Khawaja interviewed

SIDS cases spike in Brooklyn Center
NW Cable 12 News, 9/18/13; Dr. Marjorie Hogan interviewed

Quick thinking, fast actions of coaches and EMTs likely improved outcome for Nelson
Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch, 9/16/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu interviewed

Doctor commends Dassel-Cokato coaches for recognizing injury
Fox 9 News, 9/10/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu interviewed

Cub Foods hands out pill bottles of candy at parade
KARE 11, 9/9/13; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

Doctor commends Dassel-Cokato coaches for recognizing injury
Fox 9, 9/9/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu interviewed

Club drug, “Molly” an emerging problem in Twin Cities
MPR, 9/9/13; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

Dassel-Cokato football player in serious shape after head injury
Pioneer Press, 9/8/13; Dr. Brionn Tonkin quoted

Dassel-Cokato football player improving
Star Tribune, 9/8/13

Minn. football player, 16, recovering after brain injury
WCCO 4, 9/8/13

Prep football player recovers after severe head injury
KARE 11, 9/8/13

High school football player recovering after brain injury
KSTP 5, 9/8/13

Molly, new illegal drug, begins to infiltrate Twin Cities
MinnPost, 9/6/13; Dr. Ben Orozco interviewed

Minnetonka could get a new medical clinic, emergency facility
Sun-Sailor (Minnetonka), 9/5/13; Scott Wordelman quoted

HCMC – Historic leaders and innovators in adult and pediatric trauma
MD News, 9/1/13; Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, Dr. Andrew Kiragu, Sherrie Murphy and Julie Curti quoted

End of life care
MN Physician, 9/1/13;by Drs. Martha McCusker, Jeffrey Rubins

Marine Corps League, Delta, nurses send family to sick soldier
Fox 9, 8/28/13; Lynnea Forseth interviewed

Most medications okay while breastfeeding
KAAL TV, 8/26/13; Dr. Dana Barr interviewed

Local tie to new Wall of Heroes
Hutchinson Leader, 8/20/13

HCMC Wall of Heroes for donors, survivors has Rosemount connection
Rosemount Patch, 8/19/13

Back to school means changing kid’s sleep schedules
NW Cable 12, 8/13/13; Dr. Imran Khawaja interviewed

Tevlin: She drives Children’s Literacy Program at HCMC
Star Tribune, 8/11/13; Lynne Burke interviewed

Coalition seeks “Good Samaritan” law to prevent overdose deaths
MPR, 8/8/13; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

Good Question: How often should mattresses be changed?
WCCO 4, 8/5/13; Dr. John Sweet interviewed

Physician well-being: a powerful way to improve the patient experience
Physicians Executive Journal, July/August 2013; Dr. Mark Linzer interviewed

Lessons in kids safety
MN Sun Post, 7/27/13; Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

Family remembers 2-year-old Corcoran boy killed in crash
KSTP 5, 7/27/13; Robert Ball interviewed

Minneapolis boy’s fall from window stokes parents’ fears, neighbors’ tensions
MPR, 7/23/13; Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

Psychiatric Emergency Room a ‘bottleneck’ for mental health care
MPR, 7/23/13; Dr. Kathleen Heaney interviewed

Six things I wish I’d known when I became a doctor
MPR, 7/19/13; Dr. Meghan Walsh interviewed

Family warns of invisible boating danger: carbon monoxide
WCCO 4, 7/19/13; Dr. Cher Adkinson interviewed

Delivering large babies
WCCO Radio, 7/15/13; Dr. Virginia Lupo interviewed

Family warns of hidden danger while boating
KARE 11, 7/11/13; Dr. Cheryl Adkinson interviewed

Smoking alcohol: a dangerous new trend
KSTP 5, 7/9/13; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

Prescription painkiller abuse
KSTP 5, 7/3/13; live interview with Dr. Gavin Bart

New weight worry: low-income boys
Star Tribune, 7/3/13; Dr. Eileen Crespo interviewed

Water safety reminders for your summer adventures
KARE 11, 7/2/13; Julie Philbrook interviewed

Artist in Residence
Minnesota Medicine, 7/1/13; Wenda Ballinger interviewed

Prostate Cancer Survivor: we need to speak up about a silent disease
Star Tribune, 6/29/13; Dr. Natarajan Raman interviewed

HCMC wins award for reducing emergency dept. visits by a third
Star Tribune, 6/22/13; Dr. Paul Johnson quoted

HCMC recognized nationally for preventative care program
KSTP 5, 6/21/13; Josh Horn, RN interviewed

AMA dubs obesity a disease
Fox 9, 6/19/13; Dr. Guilford Hartley interviewed

Special feature: an interview with Dr. Andrew Kiragu
MDH, 6/20/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu interviewed

How to tell if a child is malnourished
KSTP 5, 6/17/13; Dr. Diana Cutts interviewed

Derek Boogaard’s death shows how easily patients can get addictive pills
Star Tribune, 6/17/13; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

Are marathoners running into heart trouble? 
Star Tribune, 6/16/13; Dr. Bradley Bart interviewed

HIV prevention at HCMC
WCCO Radio, 6/13/13; Dr. Keith Henry interviewed

Expert weighs in after baby dies in car
WCCO 4, 6/12/13; Julie Philbrook interviewed

Heroin at Home
TPT 2, 6/11/13; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

Playground injury prevention
NW Cable 12, 6/11/13; Julie Philbrook interviewed

Web extra: Trauma Prevention Specialist talks summer safety
KSTP 5, 6/4/13; Julie Philbrook interviewed

Success difficult for organizations honoring the missing
KSTP 5, 6/3/13; Dr. Danielle Potokar interviewed

Tips to keep kids safe at the playground
KSTP 5, 6/3/13; Julie Philbrook interviewed

Caffeine withdrawal: symptoms classified as mental disorder
Fox 9, 6/3/13; Dr. Anne Marie Pylkas interviewed

Sharon Jones cancels Basilica Block party show after cancer diagnosis
Fox 9, 6/3/13; Dr. Hernando Gonzalez interviewed

Mother-Baby Program offers mental health services
MD News, 6/1/13; Dr. Helen Kim interviewed

No lotus position needed: Neuroscience pushes meditation into mainstream
Star Tribune, 5/30/13; Dr. Selma Sroka interviewed

American Indian student volunteers fill need at HCMC
Star Tribune, 5/30/13; Aida Strom interviewed

Plymouth company helps hospitals get cash for old equipment
Star Tribune, 5/25/13; Matthew Werder interviewed

Can HIV medications kill?
KAAL TV, 5/22/13; Dr. Keith Henry interviewed

Tips for tackling “thunderphobia”
Fox 9, 5/21/13; Psychologist Amelia Versland interviewed

Health Check: Spring allergy season kicks into high gear
NW Cable 12, 5/21/13; Dr. Melody Mendiola interviewed

In a year, Hennepin Health improves care for the poor, keeps costs down
Star Tribune, 5/18/13; photos from HCMC Dentistry Clinic

Bug season: mosquito control sprays as ticks emerge in MN
Fox 9, 5/9/13; Dr. Dean Tsukayama interviewed

Frank Vascellaro, a snorer in denial, undergoes sleep study
WCCO 4, 5/6/13; Dr. Michelle LeClaire interviewed

FDA warns migraine medicine Depakote may lower child’s IQ
Fox 9, 5/6/13; Dr. Virginia Lupo interviewed

Planning for a resource shortfall
Physician’s Weekly, 5/1/13; Dr. John Hick interviewed

Richfield firefighters help save downed paramedic
Richfield Patch, 4/25/13

Firefighters recognized for rescue
Fox 9, 4/23/13

HCMC to open new clinic in suburban shopping center
Business Journal, 4/22/13; Tom Hayes interviewed

Cinnamon challenge: Doctors warn lung damage is no joke
Fox 9, 4/22/13; Dr. David Roberts interviewed

Firms take a business approach to hunger
Star Tribune, 4/21/13; Dr. Diana Cutts quoted

At least 14 amputees are among wounded in Boston attack
USA Today, 4/18/13; Dr. Andrew Schmidt interviewed

Orthopaedic Trauma Association names Dr. Andrew Schmidt president
Becker’s ASC Review, 4/17/13

HCMC supports mom, infant health
MPR, 4/15/13; Dr. Helen Kim interviewed

HCMC offers mom “safety net” when it’s not just the “baby blues”
Star Tribune, 4/15/13; Dr. Helen Kim, Jesse Kuendig interviewed

Minnesotans weary of winter
Fox 9, 4/11/13; Dr. Gautam Shroff interviewed

Tips for dealing with “heart attack” snow
WCCO 4, 4/10/13; Dr. Steven Goldsmith interviewed

Synthetic drug use, far from gone away
Pioneer Press, 4/6/13; Debbie Anderson interviewed

St. Paul girl, 5, honored for role in saving teen from house fire
Pioneer Press, 4/2/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu interviewed

St. Paul woman thanks rescuers who saved daughters life in a blaze
Star Tribune, 4/2/13; Dr. Andrew Kiragu quoted

Patrick Yoon, MD recognized as 2013 Community Caregiver
Minnesota Physician Magazine, 4/1/13; Dr. Patrick Yoon interviewed

Hennepin paramedic’s life was saved by the CPR he teaches
Star Tribune, 3/20/13; Wayne Schneider, Greg Booth, Robert Ball interviewed

Extended winter is clouding Minnesotans’ mood
Star Tribune, 3/19/13; Dr. Eduardo Colon interviewed

Watch out for that ice
WCCO 4, 3/18/13

Paramedic brought back to life after losing pulse for an hour
KSTP-5, 3/18/13; Wayne Schneider, Jordan Wardell, Greg Booth interviewed

The human touch in medicine
Star Tribune, 3/16/13

Susan Olson joins HCMC
Business Journal, 3/14/13

Friday Roundtable: the costs of medical care
MPR, 3/8/13; Dr. Meghan Walsh, panelist

Rested and Ready! Getting better sleep
KARE 11; 3/7/13; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann interviewed

Discover the science behind shuteye
Prospectus, 3/7/13; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann interviewed

Souhan: A hockey hit that changed Duffy Fallon’s life
Star Tribune, 3/6/13; Dr. Sarah Rockswold interviewed

Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured
KSTP 5; 3/4/13; Dr. Keith Henry interviewed via phone

Police get medical training in high-pressure situations
KSTP 5, 2/27/13; Dr. Jeff Ho and Rob Snyder interviewed

Power LOAD cot reduces injuries to paramedics, patients
KSTP 5, 2/23/13; Chad Dotzler interviewed

HCMC works to reduce injuries on the slopes
KSTP 5, 2/23/13; Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

Many HCMC patients lack housing security
Downtown Journal, 2/21/13; Dr. Diana Cutts quoted

Brooklyn Park Clinic has lowest C-section rate
NW Cable 12 News, 2/20/13; Kaydi Novack, CNM

C-section rates in Minnesota vary dramatically
Star Tribune, 2/20/13; Brooklyn Park Clinic mentioned

Lunch-bill aid fills an essential need
Star Tribune, 2/19/13; Dr. Diana Cutts quoted

Cavities still chronic Minnesota childhood disease
KSTP-5, 2/19/13; Dr. Patricia Tarren interviewed

New Chief Executive Officer has roots at HCMC
Hennepin County, 2/15/13; Dr. Jon Pryor quoted

Doctor joins Hennepin County Medical Center
The Doings/Oak Brook, 2/14/13; Dr. Gaurav Guliani mentioned

Adderall: The Get-Ahead Drug
SELF Magazine, 2/13/13; Dr. Paul Marshall quoted

HCMC names Wisconsin med exec CEO
Business Journal, 2/12/13; Dr. Jon Pryor quoted

Freezing rain leads to increased slips, injuries
WCCO 4, 1/29/13; Dr. William Heegaard interviewed

Experts weigh in on natural cold and flu remedies
NW Cable 12 TV, 1/29/13; Kristin Fischer interviewed

Cervical cancer awareness month
KARE 11, 1/25/13; Dr. Brad Linzie interviewed

Frostbite sets in fast in frigid temperatures
Fox 9 News, 1/22/13; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Frostbite 101
Star Tribune, 1/21/13

New Hope man tells tale of frostbite survival
NW Cable 12 News, 1/18/13; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

John Williams show: The flu
WCCO Radio, 1/17/13; Dr. David Hilden interviewed

HCMC’s Simulation Center tests doctors, nurses
NW Cable 12 News, 1/15/13; Gene Streck interviewed

Doctors busy treating frostbite at Hennepin County Medical Center
KSTP-5, 1/15/13; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Bicyclist says finding woman stranded in car was “fate”
KARE 11, 1/14/13

Hero wants to hug crash survivor
Fox 9, 1/14/13

Woman recovering after being trapped in her car for 18 hours
KSTP-5, 1/14/13; Dr. Anne Lambert interviewed

Woman who spent night in car recovering
WCCO 4, 1/14/13

Trapped in her car for 18 hours, Centerville woman prayed for help
Star Tribune, 1/14/13; Dr. Anne Lambert interviewed

Hennepin County paramedics protect themselves from flu
WCCO 4, 1/12/13; Kyle Koelln interviewed

Deaths increase, misery mounts as flu sweeps the nation
USA Today, 1/10/13; Dr. John Hick interviewed

FDA orders makers of sleeping pills to cut dosage for women
WCCO 4, 1/10/13; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann interviewed

Woman has surprise delivery at Brooklyn Park Clinic
NW Cable 12 News, 1/10/13

Woman delivers baby during clinic visit
KARE 11, 1/9/13

With bad flu season, can Tamiflu help?
KARE 11, 1/7/13; Dr. Melody Mendiola interviewed

New HCMC Simulation Center
KSTP-5, 1/5/13; Lisa Fitzgerald-Swenson interviewed live

Flu cases on the rise
NW Cable 12 News, 1/4/13; Dr. Kartika Bhardwaj interviewed

Event promotes helmets for winter athletes
MPR, 12/28/12; John Price interviewed

Health beat: hospitals begin “save this brain” campaign
Star Tribune, 12/28/12; Mary Bensman quoted

Lithium batteries in gifts pose health threat
MPR, 12/26/12; Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

Medical Education at HCMC
MD News, December 2012; Dr. Michael Belzer, Dr. Meghan Walsh interviewed

Coon Rapids man joins emergency department at HCMC
ABC Newspapers, 12/18/12

Santa visits boy fighting brain cancer at HCMC
WCCO 4 News, 12/17/12

HCMC’s Brooklyn Park Clinic’s 2-year anniversary
NW Cable 12 News, 12/12/12; Dr. Lowell Stoltzfus, Brenda Kennelly interviewed

Twin Cities paramedics find job tougher after winter blast
KARE 11, 12/11/12; Doug Gesme interviewed

Storm’s aftermath causes headaches for drivers, injuries for walkers
WCCO 4, 12/10/12; Dr. David Plummer interviewed

Heavy snow brings health risks, warnings
KARE 11, 12/10/12; Robert Ball interviewed

MDH analyzes medical record security
KSTP 5, 12/7/12; Kari Myrold interviewed

Marijuana use not a cut-and-dried issue
East Central Minnesota Post-Review, 12/5/12; Dr. Charlie Reznikoff quoted

Stillwater native joins HCMC pediatrics department
Stillwater Gazette, 11/28/12; Dr. Gretchen Voge

Not common, lupus can be deadly
KARE 11, 11/26/12; Dr. Barbara Segal interviewed

Fighting office germs
Star Tribune, 11/19/12; Dr. Melody Mendiola interviewed

Gas fireplaces are inviting but present danger
KSTP-5, 11/18/12; Dr. George Peltier interviewed

Web extra: CPR demonstration
KSTP-5, 11/16/12; Rob Snyder interviewed

Fasting may not be needed for cholesterol test
KARE 11, 11/13/12; Dr. Bradley Bart interviewed

Jack Jablonski wins Courage in Sports award
CBS/WCCO 4, 11/11/12; HCMC mentioned

Duluth Ice Arena evacuated due to high levels of carbon monoxide
KSTP-5, 11/8/12; Debbie Anderson, Poison Center, interviewed

Ultrafiltration fails in acute HF patients
MedPage Today, 11/6/12; Dr. Bradley Bart quoted

Ultrafiltration fails to show benefit in acute heart failure
Forbes, 11/6/12; Dr. Bradley Bart quoted

On the path to ACOs
Minnesota Medicine, 11/1/12; Dr. Mark Linzer interviewed

Minnesotans answer Boston’s call for help
Star Tribune, 10/28/12; Chris Kummer quoted

HCMC clinics sprouting all over
Business Journal, 10/26/12; Tim Harlin quoted

FDA investigates Monster Energy Drinks linked to 5 deaths 
Fox 9 News, 10/23/12; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

A third of working risk pay or job loss when child gets sick, survey says
MinnPost, 10/23/12; Raegan Sipe, RN quoted

Halloween contacts can cause health horrors
WCCO 4 News, 10/19/12; Dr. Aaron Nathenson interviewed

A brighter home for the treatment of the mentally ill
MPR/10/18/12; John Gray interviewed

Safety-Net hospitals brace for cut to federal subsidies
Kaiser Health News, 10/14/12; Mike Harristhal interviewed

Breastfeeding after cancer
The Grio/NBC News, 10/11/12; Dr. Virginia Lupo quoted

Safety Net hospitals brace for potential cuts
MPR, 10/9/12;  Michael Harristhal, Rachel Kass interviewed

Out of the pollen, into the dust mites
Star Tribune, 10/9/12; Dr. Jon Sweet interviewed

Doctor stopped Twin Cities 10 mile bid to save collapsed runner
Fox 9 News, 10/8/12; Dr. Carl Dean interviewed

Teen hit by car in graphic video has message for bicyclists
WCCO 4 News, 9/27/12; Dr. Andrew Kiragu, Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

Patient experience rallies inspire behavior change
NAPH, 9/24/12; Sheila Moroney quoted

Former patient says methodone was just another addiction
Duluth News-Tribune, 9/23/12; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

U professor studies young athletes’ eating habits
MN Daily, 9/20/12; Megan Thomas quotes

Speedway trip had lightning finish
Star Tribune, 9/18/12; Dr. Ryan Fey quoted

Study links ibuprofen, acetaminophen to hearing loss
KARE 11 News, 9/13/12; Dr. Robert Maisel interviewed

Acupuncture advocate: results are better than placebos
Fox 9 News, 9/11/12; Pat Culliton interviewed

Blue Cross ad aims to fight obesity by targeting parents
WCCO 4 News, 9/10/12; Rachel Newby interviewed

HCMC is first metro hospital to go paperless
Business Journal, 9/10/12; Joanne Sunquist quoted

HIMSS Analytics recognizes HCMC with Stage 7 Award
HIMSS Analytics, 9/10/12; Joanne Sunquist quoted

3-year-old Prior Lake girl survives radiation injury 
KARE 11 News, 9/6/12; Dr. Cheryl Adkinson interviewed

Doctors recommend flu vaccines as school starts
Fox 9 News, 9/4/12; Dr. Stacene Maroushek interviewed

Sleep is critical for kids before school
WCCO 4 News, 8/27/12; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann interviewed

Healthier food for your children can make them healthier and smarter
The Washington Times, 8/25/12; Dr. Diana Cutts quoted

New Richmond nurse hired at HCMC
New Richmond News, 8/25/12; Dana Langness

9-year-old honored for saving sister’s life
WCCO 4, 8/20/12; Tom Polzin interviewed

Minneapolis kid honored as 911 hero
KARE 11, 8/20/12; Tom Polzin interviewed

St. Paul teen’s death might be first in the area linked to codeine mix
Star Tribune, 8/8/12; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

35W bridge collapse survivor signs book at HCMC today
KSTP 5, 8/1/12

5 years since 35W bridge collapse
Fox 9, 8/1/12

Bridge collapse victims reflect on tragedy and loss
WCCO 4, 8/1/12

Good Question: How do we remember big events so vividly?
WCCO 4, 8/1/12; Dr. Eduardo Colon interviewed

Science could explain 7 babies born to 7 mothers in 7 months
KSTP-5, 7/30/12; Dr. Virginia Lupo interviewed

Unrelenting heat can wither your meds, too
Star Tribune, 7/22/12; Ann Brigino interviewed

No reason to delay getting hearing aids
Star Tribune, 7/17/12; Janet Hansen interviewed

Hunger games: Congress targets food assistance for the most vulnerable
The Pumphandle, 7/13/12; Dr. Diana Cutts interviewed

Drowning prevention strategies for parents
KSTP-5, 7/15/12; Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

Major heroin ring dismantled after 15-month investigation
WCCO 4 News, 7/12/12; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

Should Minnesota make opiate OD antidote Narcan more available?
MPR, 7/10/12; Dr. Gavin Bart interviewed

Study: Kids raised with pets are healthier
Fox 9 News, 7/9/12; Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio interviewed

Mpls. barista recovering, police search for hit-and-run driver
KARE 11, 7/7/12

Noise may add to heart attack risk
Star Tribune, 7/4/12; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann quoted

Heat exhaustion cases on the rise
KARE 11, 7/3/12; Oriana Beaudet, RN interviewed

Dangerous heat expected through July 4
MPR, 7/3/12; Mary Woodley-Douglas, RN interviewed

Warm days can create dangerously hot surfaces
KAAL TV (Rochester), 7/3/12; Dr. Ryan Fey interviewed

Heat and humidity making it tough to stay hydrated
KARE 11, 7/2/12; Mary Woodley-Douglas, RN interviewed

Overnight rain gives Twin Cities brief respite from heat
Star Tribune, 7/3/12; Mary Woodley-Douglas, RN quoted

Heat safety
Fox 9, 7/2/12; Dr. Brian Mahoney interviewed

Minnesota health policy makers face many “fine-print” decisions, tight deadline
Minnesota Public Radio, 6/29/12; Mike Harristhal interviewed

Assessment helps save Mound resident
Waconia Patriot, 6/22/12; Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez quoted

FDA approves weight-loss drug
Fox 9 News, 6/27/12;  Dr. Guilford Hartley interviewed

Sleep violence: a real danger, little understood
Scientific American, 6/14/12; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann quoted

Medicaid numbers spike in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 6/13/12; photo taken in Coordinated Care Clinic

Nocturnal wanderings
UMNews, 6/12/12; Dr. Mark Mahowald interviewed

Doctor discusses bath salt incidents, effects
Fox 9 News, 6/5/12; Dr. Ben Orozco interviewed

What can infection lead to? Doctors issue warning
WCCO 4 News, 6/5/12; Dr. Mark Sprenkle interviewed

Twin Cities hospitals quickly respond to heart attack patients
KSTP-5 News, 6/5/12; Dr. Brian Mahoney interviewed

Bikers be aware: Ride defensively
Star Tribune, 6/1/12; Julie Philbrook, RN quoted

Heart attack victim, doctor stress importance of CPR
WCCO 4 News, 5/31/12; Dr. Joanna Moore interviewed

Deer tick season arrives early
WCCO Radio, 5/30/12; Dr. David Hilden interviewed

New hyperbaric chamber among the most advanced in U.S.
Cable 12 News, 5/24/12; Dr. Cher Adkinson interviewed

Warning: New laundry detergent looks like candy to kids
KSTP-5 News, 5/24/12; Dr. Ben Orozco interviewed

HCMC replaces 1960s-era hyperbaric chamber
Star Tribune, 5/23/12; Dr. Cheryl Adkinson, Dr. Bjorn Westgaard quoted

A tablet PC made for emergencies
Star Tribune, 5/19/12; Robert Ball quoted

The new study buddy
Northland News Center, 5/18/12; Dr. Paul Marshall interviewed

Sleepwalking more common than once thought
KARE 11 News, 5/15/12; Dr. Mark Mahowald interviewed

Is the Twin Cities Metro Area prepared for a storm?
MPR, 5/15/12; Mark Lappe interviewed

ERs see increase in cases of kids swallowing button batteries
KSTP-5, 5/14/12; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

Window falls
KSTP-5, 5/13/12; Julie Philbrook interviewed

Work-life balance for hospitalists a people issue, not a women’s issue
The Hospitalist, 5/9/12; Dr. Mark Linzer quoted

Expert to parents: secure window screens
Minnesota Public Radio, 5/2/12; Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

Hennepin County Medical Center’s new Center for Hyperbaric Medicine
MD News, 5/1/12; Dr. Cheryl Adkinson quoted

Minneapolis students fed up with being underfed at lunch
WCCO 4 News, 4/30/12; Megan Thomas interviewed

Doc discusses teen diabetes, prevention
Fox 9 News, 4/30/12; Dr. Julia Joseph-DiCaprio interviewed

New sunscreen label rules debut in June
Fox 9 News, 4/23/12; Dr. Bruce Bart interviewed

Preventing kids’ sports injuries
KSTP 5 News, 4/22/12; Julie Philbrook, RN interviewed

State funds for medical training in limbo
Minnesota Public Radio, 4/16/12; Dr. Michael Belzer interviewed

EDs grapple with surging demands from patients with dental problems
Dentistry IQ, 5/1/12; Dr. Mary Seieroe quoted

Chew on this: Wrigley rolls out caffeinated gum
Star Tribune, 4/15/13; Dr. Julia Joseph-DiCaprio interviewed

Tough choices on your health start today

Star Tribune, 4/16/12; Commentary by Dr. Donald Jacobs, others

Lights and sirens don’t phase you? Maybe “The Howler” will get your attention

KSTP-5 News, 4/16/12; Paramedic Chad Dotzler interviewed

K-E diet fad creates controversy
Fox 9 News, 4/16/12; Dietician Megan Thomas interviewed

Saving seconds during a seizure
Cable 12 TV, 4/10/12; Dr. Michelle Biros and paramedics Dustin Speed and Don Wolfe interviewed

Doctors working to raise boy’s body temperature
Minnesota Public Radio, 4/10/12; Dr. Jim Miner interviewed

A stroke at any age
Cable 12 TV, 4/3/12; Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez interviewed

Transformations in care
Minnesota Physician, 4/1/12; Dr. Mark Linzer

Seasonal allergies
Cable 12 TV, 3/27/12; Dr. Melody Mendiola interviewed

Gastric bypass surgery helps MN couple ditch diabetes
Fox 9 News, 3/26/12; Dr. Guilford Hartley interviewed

Fast action, sales rep’s timing save local stroke patient
KSTP-5 News, 3/26/12; Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez interviewed

HCMC program strengthens brain after concussion
KARE 11 News, 3/20/12; Dr. Sarah Rockswold interviewed

Hennepin Regional Poison Center celebrates 40th anniversary
KSTP-5, 3/20/12

Is sleep really necessary in 8-hour blocks?
MPR, 3/14/12; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann interviewed

Slippery start lands at least 30 in hospital
WCCO 4 News, 3/8/12

Quick snow shower triggers crashes and spinouts
KARE 11 News, 3/8/12; Christine Hill quoted

Surviving ear infection season
Cable 12 TV, 2/28/12; Dr. Janielle Nordell interviewed

The Way We Play the Game
Sports Illustrated, 2/27/12

Web surrounds Boogaard overdose investigation
Fox 9 News, 2/22/12; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

Inhalable caffeine being investigated by FDA
KARE 11 News, 2/21/12; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

Is the “cinnamon challenge” dangerous?
KARE 11 News, 2/21/12; Dr. Jon Cole interviewed

When you need a banker–STAT!
Star Tribune, 2/14/12

C-sections not always best for preemies
Huffington Post, 2/9/12; Dr. Virginia Lupo interviewed

The Concussion Discussion: Minnesota leads way in prevention and treatment
KARE 11 News, 2/6/12; Dr. Andrew Kiragu and Dr. Sarah Rockswold interviewed

Art no longer for art’s sake
National Association of Public Hospitals, 1/29/12; Wenda Lyons-Ballinger

From nightmare on ice to uncertain recovery
MSNBC, 1/27/12; Hennepin EMS photographed

Hospital teaches low-income families to fight obesity
Minnesota Public Radio, 1/27/12

Researchers untangling link between hunger and obesity
Minnesota Public Radio, 1/27/12; Dr. Diana Cutts interviewed

Ridgewater College to benefit from United Way grant
West Central Tribune, 1/24/12; EMS training program mentioned

Sleep-malady drugs now in short supply in Twin Cities
Star Tribune, 1/23/12; Connie Ullevig, RN quoted

Paralyzed hockey player Jablonski leaves hospital for rehab center today
MPR, 1/23/12

Jack Jablonski leaves hospital for rehab center
KARE 11 News, 1/23/12

Jabs: “This is like a calling almost” 
Star Tribune, 1/20/12

Good Question: How much of diabetes is genetic?
WCCO 4 News, 1/19/12; Dr. Nolawit Tesfaye interviewed

Jablonski family pleased with new hockey penalties
KARE 11 News, 1/16/12

Amerk’s Joe Finley pulling for injured friend Jack Jablonski
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY)

Jablonskis urge quick changes to make hockey safer
Star Tribune, 1/12/12

“Jack’s Pledge” aims to lower hockey risks
Fargo InForum, 1/12/12

Getting better sleep in the New Year
KARE 11 News, 1/11/12; Dr. Michel Cramer-Bornemann interviewed live from Sleep Center

Construction of a countywide EHR part of a larger national IT program
FierceHealthIT, 1/10/12;

A second set of eyes cuts errors at HCMC
Star Tribune, 1/6/12; Bruce Thompson quoted

Outpouring of support for injured hockey player
MPR, 1/5/12; Dr. Walt Galicich interviewed

Injured Benilde hockey player unlikely to walk again
Pioneer Press, 1/5/12;  Dr. Walt Galicich interviewed

Jack Jablonski won’t walk again, parents say
Fox 9 News, 1/5/12; Dr. Walt Galicich interviewed

Doctor: Hockey player won’t walk again
ESPN; 1/5/12; Dr. Walt Galicich quoted

Do different birth years mean different insurance statements for twins?
Kaiser Health News, 1/3/12

3 sets of twins born in different years
Fox News, 1/3/12

Coaches assail dangerous youth hockey hits
Star Tribune, 1/3/12; Dr. Tina Slusher quoted

Benilde hockey player has severed spinal cord
Fox 9 News, 1/2/12; Dr. Tina Slusher interviewed

BSM hockey player to have surgery this week
St. Louis Park Patch, 1/2/12; Dr. Tina Slusher interviewed

Support pouring in for BSM athlete
St. Louis Park Patch, 1/2/12

Support strong for Benilde hockey player
KARE 11 News, 1/2/12; Dr. Tina Slusher interviewed

HCMC ushers in twins; one this year, one last
Star Tribune, 1/1/12