Hennepin Healthcare in the News

Hennepin Healthcare in the News
View recent medical stories from local and national media featuring experts from Hennepin Healthcare.

Pediatrician offers last-resort options for those searching for baby formula
WCCO 4, 5/16/22
“We do know this is affecting people not evenly. not equitably,” Hennepin Healthcare pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn said.

Hennepin Healthcare program aims to get more kids of color interested in medical careers
KSTP 5, 5/15/22
Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, chief health equity officer at Hennepin Healthcare, said her goal is to address the lack of diversity in hospital staff.

“They don’t know that they can do this, the world doesn’t tell them that they can,” Sederstrom said. “You can’t do what you can’t see.”

Minnesota hospitals feel the strain as national supply of CT scan dye tightens
MPR, 5/12/22
“We use it like water. It’s just, it’s there, we use it all the time,” said Dr. Gopal Punjabi, department chair of radiology at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. “Our current supply is about four weeks’ worth. I think in about two or three weeks we’ll have to start making some hard decisions if we don’t locate more contrast.”

Baby formula shortage: Experts say don’t dilute or DIY
KARE 11, 5/11/22
While lawmakers attempt to identify quicker solutions, parents are still scrambling. Some are even floating the idea of making their own formulas, which is something both the FDA and Dr. Krishan Subrahmanian are warning against.

“And don’t water down trying to make it last,” he added. “I know both those things can be very tempting, they can also be very dangerous.”

Black Women with Stethoscopes
Medical Alley, 4/30/22
On Saturday, April 30th, 2022, Hennepin Healthcare hosted its “Black Women with Stethoscopes” event to give nearly 100 girls of color an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a number of different areas of healthcare. Also helping support the event were Medical Alley Association members 3M, Starkey, and Ecolab.

WCCO 4, 4/30/22
An event in Minneapolis aimed to show young women of color that their future could be in health care. “We have clinicians that look like the patients they’re taking care of and that already breaks down some of the barriers that lead to patients not having good outcomes, and that’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to close the inequity gaps within our country, ” said Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer at Hennepin Healthcare.

Minnesota joins growing number of states investigating cases of severe hepatitis among children
KSTP 5, 4/29/22
“The reason the alerts are being put out, the Health Alert Network in Wisconsin and in Minnesota and across the country, is there’s a little bit of a delay between the vomiting diarrhea and hepatitis that’s developing,” said Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a Hennepin Healthcare pediatric infectious disease specialist. “They want to make sure that everybody has this on their radar and we’re really looking at cases of hepatitis not as something else but possibly related to the adenovirus, as well as looking at other causes.”

Hennepin Healthcare works to inspire Black youth to become doctors
FOX 9, 4/28/22
“The most important reason why we’re focusing on children at a young age is that we have to provide opportunities for our young Black and Brown kids to see themselves in the field of medicine,” says Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, the chief health equity officer at Hennepin Healthcare.

Parents express relief wait is at an end for pediatric COVID vaccine
WCCO 4, 4/28/22
“Omicron is different than Delta and the original forms of COVID, when the vaccine was initially tested for adults,” Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, said. “When we look at efficacy for adults and older kids against Omicron, this vaccine at the lower dose for younger kids is just as effective.”

With COVID now common in kids, even routine childhood vaccinations remain behind schedule
KARE 11, 4/27/22
“COVID is out there,” said Sheyanga Beecher, a nurse practitioner for Hennepin Healthcare. “It’s a part of our every day, but at the same time, these numbers tell me, because it is out there, we need to rethink what normal is.”

For Beecher, who is also program director for Hennepin Healthcare’s Pediatric Mobile Health Unit, that means rethinking mobile options to take wellness checks and immunizations on the road to better reach kids.

“This unit serves kids from newborn all the way through teenager and young adult,” Beecher said.

The idea for the mobile unit began early in the pandemic. Many parents were skipping well-child visits due to COVID concerns, which led to a different kind of concern for Dr. Dawn Martin.

“We saw rates of childhood vaccinations declining and we didn’t want to a see whooping cough or a measles outbreak in the setting of a pandemic,” said Martin, Medical director for the mobile unit. “So we knew we had to get vaccinations out in the community and meet our patients where they were.”

Infant formula shortage leads to empty shelves, stressed families
KSTP 5, 4/12/22
“It’s stressful,” said Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare.

Dr. Subrahmanian says he has heard from several families, all saying the same thing. “They say, ‘I’ve been to five or six stores, and I’m seeing empty shelves.’ And there is a little bit of panic going on,” he said.

“It’s just been a struggle”: Baby formula shortage affecting Twin Cities parents
WCCO 4, 4/11/22
“We’ve had a double whammy,” said Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician with Hennepin Healthcare.  Subrahmanian says parents who are struggling to find formula can buy online or try looking in smaller stores and drug stores. They can ask a friend or family member if they have unused formula of their brand choice.

Next Step program at Hennepin Healthcare aims to make streets safer
Fox 9, 4/10/22
Kentral Galloway, director of the Next Step program at Hennepin Healthcare, and his team provides immediate hospital bedside support to young shooting victims and their families in an effort to interrupt the cycle of community violence.

Baby formula shortages causing concerns for some local hospitals and families
KARE 11, 4/10/22
Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian is a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare, and also one of many parents affected by baby formula shortages this year.

“We have a 6-year old, a 4-year old and a 1-year old, a baby who just turned 1,” he said. “We’re hearing a lot of concerned parents, worried parents.”

April is National Minority Health Month
FOX 9, 4/3/22
Hennepin Healthcare family nurse practitioner Bolo Diallo-Young joins FOX 9 Morning News to talk about efforts to reduce health disparities among communities of color, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teacher at “death’s door” gets second chance at life thanks to new ultrasound technology
KARE 11, 3/31/22
“I think it’s the future of EMS that we have this on every single ambulance,” said Hennepin EMS paramedic Seth Bravinder, who discovered Bowler’s clot. “His right ventricle was way larger than it should have been.”

KARE 11 and Hy-Vee team up to surprise 4,000 healthcare workers
KARE 11, 3/30/22
“Seeing people rally alongside them is inspirational,” said CEO Jennifer DeCubellis. “Right now they have a small chance to breathe, but what happens when you have a chance to breathe is you realize what you’ve been through. Seeing gratitude from the community, seeing people rally alongside them is absolutely inspirational.”

“This little token of thanks is really appreciated from everyone,” agreed Alicia Bravo, RN.

Common cold transmission rising as pandemic restrictions ease
WCCO Radio, 3/24/22
“The ironic thing about the pandemic of the past couple years is that many people felt really pretty good. They didn’t get a single illness,” Dr. David Hilden said.

Purpose and meaning essential to creating joy in healthcare workplaces
Healthleaders, 3/23/22

Healthcare worker burnout was a top concern for health systems, hospitals, and physician practices before the coronavirus pandemic, and it has reached crisis proportions during the public health emergency. Burnout continues to play a leading role in the widespread healthcare workforce shortages.

Elizabeth Goelz, MD, is an internal medicine physician and associate director of the Hennepin Healthcare Institute for Professional Worklife in Minneapolis.

Are you sneezing more this week? Snow mold could be the culprit
WCCO 4, 3/18/22
The melting snow is behind sneeze attacks and other symptoms connected to allergies.

“It’s a very unpleasant thing to go through. It feels very bad, it ruins your quality of life,” Hennepin Healthcare allergist Dr. Joshua Dorn said.

Revenue Cycle Management Outsourcing: Training must be top of mind
Relias, 3/15/22
“When you outsource in the revenue cycle, you are looking for a partnership. I tell people all the time: An outsource partner is an extension of your business office,” said Phillip E. Brooks, vice president of revenue cycle at Minneapolis-based Hennepin Healthcare.

Catalyst Initiative creates sustainable systems change by giving communities what they say they need
Sahan Journal, 3/14/22
Arti Prasad, MD, chief of internal medicine at Hennepin Healthcare, is leading two projects that received funding through the MN DOH to promote non-narcotic pain management throughout the state.

Does Minneapolis need a place where users can inject drugs while supervised? One neighborhood is studying the idea. 
Star Tribune, 3/9/22
“We have pretty conclusive evidence from international models, and the results are very compelling,” said Dr. Gavin Bart, director of Addiction Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare.

Minnesota’s “frozen woman” alive and well decades later
FOX 9, 3/2/22

Dr. David Plummer says when people suffer from extreme hypothermia the cold temperature slows down their blood flow and metabolism, reducing their body’s need for oxygen.

He says he’s handled up to 30 cases similar to Vig’s over the last few years with an ECMO machine that pumps a person’s blood through a heater to warm their organs from the inside. More often than not, they do recover.

“It’s like hibernation. There are species that have perfected that, but we’re not one of them,” said Plummer, an emergency room physician at HCMC.

What are the health benefits of coffee? 
WCCO 4, 2/21/22
“I think done in certain quantities, it’s not as harmful as you think it is,” said Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew, a cardiologist at Hennepin Healthcare who also enjoys a couple cups himself. “I do not want three [cups] to be the floor but rather the ceiling people are thinking about. So a maximum of about three cups of coffee is what I get out of [the study].”

More Twin Cities schools are dropping mask mandates, but some question whether now is the right time
WCCO 4, 2/16/22
“Right now is not the time,” said Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, an internist and pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare. “The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC both recommend universal masking for students and staff at schools and have made no recommendation to stop it.”

Doctors “cautiously optimistic” about declining MN COVID-19 cases
KSTP 5, 2/16/22
“Our inpatient hospitalizations are down almost half of what they were last week,” said Dr. Deepti Pandita, Hennepin Healthcare’s chief health information officer. “Our pediatric hospitalizations are down, which is good news. And in clinic, we are seeing less and less patients acutely sick with COVID.”

Hospital-based prevention program helping to curb “epidemic” of gun violence
WCCO 4, 2/16/22
“Once people show up and their friends show up, they are ready to go back out there and retaliate,” Galloway said. “So our job is to calm down and try to get them to understand that, hey, your life is valued, so let’s not go back out there and do something to derail that.” – Kentral Galloway, Next Step Program Director. 

Despite plans, precautions, COVID-19 nearly broke Minnesota hospitals. Why?
MPR, 2/16/22
“We were in crisis for different reasons at different points throughout the pandemic,” said Dr. John Hick, an emergency room physician who regularly advised the Walz administration on hospital crisis planning.

Be Well with TCL: Broken Hearts
KSTP 5, 2/14/22
You’ve probably heard the saying that someone died from a broken heart.  Is that true?  Can that really happen?  Dr. David Hilden from Hennepin Healthcare says yes, but it is rare.

Minneapolis, St. Paul lift COVID vaccine/test requirements for restaurants, bars, event spaces
WCCO 4, 2/10/22
“I think it might be a little premature given where we are with the hospital. We’re still at numbers that were reflective at our peak a year ago,” said Hennepin Healthcare pediatrician Dr. Stacene Maroushek. She also said while capacity is better compared to last month, inpatient care remains stressed. They do anticipate hospitalizations should improve as cases keep falling.

COVID restrictions ease in Twin Cities as infections trend down
KARE 11, 2/10/22
“Yes, people absolutely should still be masking when they’re inside,” said Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, a pediatrician and internal medicine doctor with Hennepin Healthcare. She went on to say, “Even though we’re past the peak of the omicron wave, we’re still seeing really high rates of infection.”

Are Pfizer’s COVID pills going to highest-risk patients? Inside the U.S. rollout
NBC News, 2/5/22
“If you just take the FDA at face value, you’re giving Paxlovid to an awful lot of people who will not benefit,” Dr. John Hick, an emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, said.

Minnesota COVID-19 cases set monthly record in January
Star Tribune, 2/1/22
For now, all the leading indicators for pandemic activity in Minnesota — whether it’s COVID cases, the statewide positivity rate or patients in hospitals and intensive care — are trending favorably, said Dr. Dan Hoody, the interim chief medical officer at Hennepin Healthcare.

Hospitals aren’t out of the woods, Hoody said, because staff outages remain higher than they were in previous surges. Even so, he said it was “reassuring to think that in the coming weeks — with both the downstream impact on acute care from all these favorable leading indicators coming to fruition, as well as more staff coming back into the ranks — that we should expect patient flow and acute care access to continue to improve.”

COVID cases in kids are dropping; doctors feel hopeful
KARE 11, 1/26/22
“I’m actually quite hopeful because it seems like, at least anecdotally in our clinic, and some of our numbers, we’ve turned the corner,” said Dr. Stacene Marouschek, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Hennepin Healthcare.

Here’s your cold weather survival guide
Star Tribune, 1/25/22
Hearty Minnesotans may simply want to shrug the arctic chill, but don’t underestimate the challenges and dangers that negative temperatures bring, said Dr. Thomas Masters, a physician in Hennepin County Medical Center’s department of emergency medicine.

“Cold does not care how strong you are,” he said.

Minnesota schools adjust as temperatures drop to dangerous lows
FOX 9, 1/24/22
The bitter cold changes things for doctors at Hennepin Healthcare too, “I know we’re going to be busy, I know we’re going to be seeing a lot more cases of frostbite than we would normally be, so we’re prepared for it.” Dr. Thomas Masters said on Monday.

“I am seeing a lot of people with permanent disabilities.”
Sahan Journal, 1/24/22
“I am seeing a lot of people with permanent disabilities. They’re not the same people they were before they had COVID,” says Kenyatta Carroll, RN.

Sick with COVID: “I couldn’t break the fever. I thought I was going to lose my life.” 
Sahan Journal, 1/24/22
“After my bout with COVID, I became a vaccine advocate. I started talking to the world about it, encouraging people to get vaccinated.” – Michelle Davenport, 55, registered nurse, professional development specialist, Hennepin County Medical Center.

Minneapolis Team says bittersweet farewell to Hennepin Medical Center
DVIDS, 1/22/22
One of the team members, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jenna Mason, a registered nurse with the 633d Medical Group out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, said that though she’s happy to be headed home for a while, she’s also sad to say goodbye to the hospital where she’s worked to save countless lives.

When will it be over? 
Star Tribune, 1/22/22
“We will see more Greek letters,” said Dr. David Hilden at a Twin Cities forum on Tuesday. Hilden, Hennepin Healthcare’s vice president of medical affairs, was referring to the nomenclature in use to designate emerging variants of concern.

Doctors are seeing more frostbite cases this year due to extreme cold
KARE 11, 1/21/22
“Thirteen individuals are admitted right now for frostbite,” Hennepin Healthcare physician Dr. Thomas Masters says. When you combine alcohol and below zero temps, he says even something as simple as walking a few blocks without hats or gloves can be enough for frostbite to set in.

When death is coming, difficult choices are required
Star Tribune, 1/19/22
John Hick, Michele LeClaire and Heidi Erickson are emergency and critical care physicians at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Updated guidelines for quarantining COVID-exposed kids puts some parents in tough spot
WCCO 4, 1/18/22
Hennepin Healthcare pediatrician and infectious disease expert Dr. Stacene Maroushek says hospitalizations are up among young children but overall Omicron has been milder compared to Delta in kids.

“Most kids are going to be doing okay,” Maroushek said. “The reason we have so many more hospitalizations is the sheer number of people getting infected.”

For coronavirus testing, the nose may not always be the best
1/15/22, Heromag.net (originally in New York Times)
“There was initial concern that saliva was not the gold standard sample, that it was not the most sensitive sample,” said Glen Hansen of the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota.

Federal, state agencies work to ramp up COVID test availability as demand grows
KSTP 5, 1/15/22
“In the first two weeks, this first part of the month of January, our testing demand has doubled compared to the same time period in the first part of December,” said Dr. Kate Hust, the medical director for Hennepin Healthcare’s internal medicine clinic.

Doctors discuss natural immunity, post-COVID activities
Fox 9, 1/13/22
“If you vaccinated, and you are also boosted, and you got a breakthrough infection, you are about the safest person there is,” said ⁦⁦Dr. David Hilden, an internal medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare and host of the new HealthyMatters podcast.

Why some doctors are focusing more on hospitalization rates and other data than case numbers during omicron
KARE 11, 1/13/22
It paints a picture, but probably not the whole picture,” said Dr. Deepti Pandita, who is the Chief Health Information Officer at Hennepin Healthcare.

Hospitals, emergency rooms in need of relief as omicron variant surges
KARE 11, 1/12/22
Dr. James Miner, chief of emergency medicine at Hennepin Healthcare, says hospitals are busier than they’ve ever been.

Good Question: What are the health benefits of fresh air?
WCCO 4, 1/11/22
“What we find is that when we’re outside, when we’re interacting, when we’re taking deep breaths outside, playing, we’re breathing a lot more. We’re taking bigger breaths,” said Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician with Hennepin Healthcare.

Minnesota hospitals, Red Cross ask for blood donations amid national supply “crisis”
WCCO 4, 1/11/22
Dr. Jed Gorlin, who is both the transfusion service medical director at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical director at Memorial Blood Center, said nobody has been denied a needed blood transfusion at a hospital that Memorial serves.

MDH: At-home COVID tests not included in state data
KSTP-5, 1/10/22
Dr. David Hilden, an internal medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare who treats COVID-19 patients, suggested looking at other metrics as well, including hospitalizations and deaths.

He said we have to wait and see how the spread of the omicron variant will play out in Minnesota.

“We know the omicron variant is very transmissible. In other words, it’s just highly contagious. I think it’s very likely the official test results will skyrocket up in the next few weeks. We know that because it is so contagious. And even though it’s less severe, so many people are going to have it that it is likely hospitalizations are going to go up and deaths are going to go up,” Hilden said.

Local nurses help new parents and babies stay heart-to-heart in the hospital
KARE 11, 1/10/22
“We would love to have parents here all the time with their babies and bonding with them and enjoying them. But, with COVID, too, having other things on the outside world happening, it’s not always possible, explained Nicole Kunstleben, a NICU nurse.

Parents struggling to keep kids from cabin fever amid COVID and extreme cold
1/9/22
Hennepin Healthcare Pediatrician Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn says right now she tells families three things. First, you can still go outside if you’re dressed properly.
Second, if you do visit places indoors with a lot of people, she recommends a quality, well-fitted mask for your kids, like a KF94 or KN95. Third, stay home if anyone in your family is sick.

As new state sites open, experts explain why it’s urgent to expand COVID testing options
KSTP 5, 1/8/22
“It’s really important that people are able to test for COVID as soon as possible, as easily as possible,” says Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, a pediatric physician with Hennepin Healthcare. “With omicron spreading through the Twin Cities, so many people are getting exposed, or developing some symptoms from COVID.”

Minnesota boy’s COVID-19 journey reflects rare but rising omicron risk
Star Tribune, 1/8/22
“This was the first one we’ve had here that knew from the news what it meant to be sick [with COVID-19] and going on a ventilator,” said Dr. Ashley Bjorklund, an HCMC pediatric intensive care specialist. “He knew what that meant, and he was really scared.”

Even amid overwhelmed hospitals and omicron surge, health care leaders offer cautious optimism
KARE 11, 1/7/22
“It’s much more likely than previous variants to have an end point,” said Dr. James Miner, chief of emergency medicine at Hennepin Healthcare.

Good Question: Do diets really work? 
WCCO 4, 1/6/22
“It’s physiological, it’s not because of some lack of willpower,” says Dr. Iesha Galloway-Gilliam, co-director of Hennepin Healthcare’s Comprehensive Weight Management Center. “That’s why it’s so difficult to maintain these dietary patterns.”

As COVID strains emergency rooms, health officials urge extra precautions during cold weather
KARE 11, 1/3/22
While Dr. James Miner says that’s not an overwhelming amount, he does expect it to get worse as more frigid temperatures are on the way later in January.

How old is too old to shovel snow? Doctors weigh in.
WCCO 4, 1/4/22
Dr. Michelle Carlson says the number isn’t what’s important, what’s more important is how a person feels.

From upbeat to unsure: Vaccine pioneers reflect on pandemic’s rollercoaster year in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 1/3/22
Health care workers are resilient, said Nick Hetchler, a medical interpreter who was one of the first five vaccinated during a ceremony at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.

In late 2020, the vaccine brightened otherwise dark days as Minnesota was just beginning to come out of its biggest COVID-19 surge thus far, recalled Dr. Shirlee Xie, another of the first five recipients at Hennepin Healthcare.