Why do presidents and candidates release the results of their physicals? 
KARE 11, 12/31/19
Dr. David Hilden points out average life expectancy is a prediction made at birth, not decades into someone’s life.

A home for the homeless
Star Tribune, 12/30/19
“The goal of Envision is to create health equity,” said Dr. William Walsh, a surgeon collaborating on the project. “It’s this belief that people need both a home and an accepting community.”

Homeless woman featured in 5 Investigates story finds stable housing after 7 years
KSTP 5, 12/23/19
Mia Debbins, a senior outreach community health worker with the Hennepin Health Access Clinic, is part of a team of health care professionals and social workers that work with Nicole on a weekly basis.

Flu now “widespread” in Minnesota as 3 more people die, says report
Fox 9, 12/19/19
Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin Healthcare says with the holidays around the corner one of the biggest ways to prevent the spread of flu is to wash your hands and get the flu shot — it’s not too late.

Hospitals announce visitor restrictions because of flu outbreak
WCCO 4, 12/19/19
Dr. Hilden says right now one in four kids in school are getting flu so its important to stay home if you’re sick.

School flu outbreaks spike in Minnesota
KARE 11, 12/17/19
At Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, pediatrician Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian says he’s seeing lots of patients testing positive for Influenza Type B.

“This year we’re seeing flu B and why this is important is flu B we know tends to spread a bit more quickly among young people,” he explained.

Good Question: What causes laryngitis? 
WCCO 4, 11/21/19
Vocal cords are responsible for voice production. As a person breathes air out, vocal cords come together and the air that flows out causes the vocal cords to vibrate, according to Dr. Stephanie Contag, an ear, nose and throat specialist with Hennepin Healthcare.

Bulky winter coats could prevent car seats from working
WCCO 4, 11/13/19
“The way we check for tightness is we shoudn’t be able to take a tuck in the webbing. This is too loose. So what we will do is pull and snug it up, and you can see here that I can’t take a pinch,” Hennepin Healthcare nurse and trauma prevention specialist Julie Philbrook said.

Hennepin Healthcare breaks ground on $30 million parenthood-depression center
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 11/13/19
The center is an extension of the work of Hennepin Healthcare’s Mother-Baby Program, Minnesota’s first initiative that addresses parental mental health after birth. One in seven new mothers experience depression or anxiety after pregnancy, as well as one in 10 fathers, according to Dr. Helen Kim, director of the Mother-Baby Program who will also serve as the director and co-founder of the Redleaf Center.

“We know from developmental science that babies can’t wait,” Kim said at the groundbreaking. “They need caring adults right now.”

Ever wondered what it is like having a traumatic brain injury? 
WCCO 4, 11/7/19
“We see about a thousand TBI’s a year in Hennepin,” said Dr. Walter Galicich, who is the medical director of Hennepin Healthcare’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center.

Director of the Regional Sleep Disorders Center talks about our body’s need for rest
WCCO 4, 11/3/19
Today is the end of Daylight Saving time, giving us all a much appreciated extra hour of sleep overnight. Still, for some of us any disruption in sleeping habits can have a lasting impact. Dr. Ranji Varghese, the director of the Regional Sleep Disorders Center, joined Esme in studio to talk about it.

Feeling under the weather? Doctors say it’s likely one of these 3 things
KARE 11, 10/30/19
“Colds and flu-like illnesses are very widespread. They’re in probably almost every workplace right now,” said Dr. David Hilden, Internal Medicine Physician at Hennepin Healthcare.

Water Gremlin, state meet in Ramsey County court over closure of the plant
MPR, 10/31/19
Health officials did not say if the children suffered any specific lead-related illnesses.

But Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a Hennepin Healthcare pediatrician, said lead delays brain development and is linked to many other conditions.

What age is it okay to give a kid a phone? New study says 53% have one by 11
KARE 11, 10/29/19
“It’s concerning to see these levels,” Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian says. Subrahmanian works with a lot of children as a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare.

Wall of Hope unveiled at Hennepin Healthcare
WCCO 4, 10/28/19
A new photo display at Hennepin Healthcare is meant to  bring hope to families going through a tough time.

Health officials: Flu is here, prepare now
KARE 11, 10/23/19
For many, that opportunity is now. Hennepin Healthcare has been mobilizing flu-shot clinics since September, and they still have plenty of doses available.

“It’s not too late,” said Nan Loman, Clinical Supervisor of Hennepin Healthcare Worksite Wellness. “The last 3 weeks, we’ve been doing about 3,000 vaccinations a day.”

Lake St. victim benefiting from groundbreaking treatment
KARE 11, 10/16/19
Doctors at HCMC are working with a research team at the University of Minnesota in order to administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy for brain injuries.

“We’ve demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen improves energy production in the brain. Oxygen is really acting like a drug here,” said Dr. Gaylan Rockswold, a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota, and principal investigator of the trial. “The sooner we get them treated the better.”

CDC: Pregnant women are more susceptible to getting the flu
WCCO 4, 10/15/19
“What really concerns me is only about 50% of pregnant women are getting vaccinated,” said Hennepin Healthcare clinical supervisor Nan Lomen.

80-year-old Minnesotan ‘lives his faith’ — from early civil rights to comforting the sick today
Star Tribune, 10/11/19
Twice a week, 80-year-old Quaintance walks from his home in Minneapolis’ Lowry Hill neighborhood to work as a volunteer chaplain at Hennepin County Medical Center. 

Minnesota Health Department: 82% of infant deaths are sleep-related
Fox 9, 10/9/19
The recommendations have babies sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib.

“And what that means is there is nothing in here,” said Jennette Flynn, an HCMC Critical Care Supervisor. “There is just a mattress with a fitted sheet on it. There is no loose bedding. There are no toys. There are no pillows and no blankets. There are no diapers or plastic bags anywhere near that would blow around.”

Report: Unsafe sleeping practices still leading cause for sudden infant death in Minnesota
PostBulletin, 10/9/19
Health officials on Wednesday reiterated that the safest place for an infant to sleep is in a cradle fitted with a tight sheet. They also recommended the use of “sleep sacks,” which are garments that babies can be wrapped in for warmth without risk of suffocation.

The safest way for babies to sleep, they said, is by themselves and on their backs.

MDH: Majority of unexpected infant deaths are sleep related
WCCO 4, 10/9/19
“An infant who is used to sleeping on their back but goes to grandma’s house and takes a nap on their tummy is much more likely to die during that nap because they’re not used to it,” Hennepin HealthCare pediatric nurse Jennette Flynn said.

Sleep positions tied to majority of unexpected infant deaths, Minnesota Department of Health study finds
Star Tribune, 10/9/19
Part of the problem can be that parents don’t emphasize the importance of safe sleep practices when leaving their infants with relatives or licensed or unlicensed child care providers, said Jennette Flynn, a clinical supervisor of inpatient pediatrics at Hennepin Healthcare. 

Lawmaker’s insulin advice draws fire
KARE 11, 9/27/19
We asked Dr. Laura LaFave, an endocrinologist at Hennepin Healthcare, about the difference between the lower cost Walmart insulin brands and the newer versions of the drug that have skyrocketed in price over the past decade.

Low-profile HCMC museum holds medical gems
Star Tribune, 9/22/19
“The amazing thing about that first patient is that he was Norwegian and they had just opened Swedish Hospital in 1898 to take care of Swedish immigrants,” said Carol Oeltjenbruns, 78, one of the three retired nurses who served as volunteer docents during a recent visit.

Emergency rooms see rise in scooter accidents
KARE 11, 9/17/19
Dr. Stephen Smith works at Hennepin County Medical Center. In his 32 years at HCMC he said he’s never seen anything like what the hospital has experienced.

Hundreds now treated for opioid abuse disorders in Hennepin jail
Star Tribune, 9/17/19
“We still have an opioid crisis, and I think the numbers will go up as more people learn about the treatment we offer,” said Dr. Tyler Winkelman, a physician with Hennepin Healthcare who works with the program.

ER doc: Stay off electric scooters
MPR, 9/16/19
Over his 33-year career as an emergency doctor, Dr. Stephen W. Smith has seen a lot. But the electric-scooter-related injuries he’s seen this summer at Hennepin Healthcare are new.

“I can’t remember if it was April, May or June, but I remember that I started seeing a lot of them. And I was amazed at how many there were,” said Smith. “This was a brand new phenomenon … none of us had ever experienced before.”

80-year-old man raising awareness for kidney donation bikes 300 miles
KSTP-5, 9/7/19
80-year-old Denny Behm set out on a 300-mile bike trip to (Hennepin Healthcare) Minneapolis to raise awareness about kidney donations.

Hennepin Healthcare expands in Brooklyn Park
CCX Media, 8/25/19
“We had to send [patients] to other facilities, which was a real hardship for our patients” explained Brenda Kennelly, clinic manager. “So, as soon as we were able to finish the first step of our build in February, we were able to add our PT (physical therapy) and our OT (occupational therapy). Then, we slowly added other rooms, so our chiropractor and acupuncturist could join us as well.”

Wisconsin woman’s rug burn ends in limb amputation due to Strep-based illness
Fox 9, 8/18/19
Dr. Stacene Maroushek, of Hennepin Healthcare, says while it’s quite rare, when it happens, it comes on quickly.

“Maybe he can have a better life”: Girl, 11, has message for driver who hit her while under influence
WCCO 4, 8/16/19
Another day, another appointment – Shianne, her mom and her sister spent Friday morning in an occupational therapy session at Hennepin Healthcare.

For those suffering with Crohn’s disease, it’s often a private and painful battle
MPR, 8/16/19
Sonya Goins, a Twin Cities woman who’s been living with this disease for more than 30 years, and Dr. Aaron Brosam, who specializes in treating it at Hennepin Healthcare, joined the program to talk about treatment and how people cope with the sometimes embarrassing symptoms.

A tale of friendship: Best friends survive crash in Brainerd
KARE 11, 8/8/19
With an unbreakable bond, two friends survived a fiery crash at Brainerd International Raceway this past weekend.

Mother of girls burned in Fridley van fire: “Give your babies kisses. Hold them tight for me.”
Star Tribune, 8/8/19
On Thursday, burn surgeon Dr. Fred Endorf said Ty’rah died from smoke inhalation and burns on more than 60% of her body.

New hepatitis drugs could cut wait time for kidney transplants
Star Tribune, 7/30/19
“Five years ago, this would have been impossible to do,” said Dr. Jeffrey Wang, the nephrologist who recommended the procedure.

“This opens up a whole new group of donors,” said Dr. Paul Stahler, who performed Dabney’s transplant at HCMC.

Therapy dogs help relieve stress for Hennepin EMS Staff
WCCO 4, 7/25/19
“Pet therapy is medically proven to relieve stress and lift moods,” said Erin Hedge, deputy chief of staff at Hennepin EMS.

Good Question: How are kids’ sports physicals different from regular ones? 
WCCO 4, 7/22/19
“August is a busy time for us pediatricians,” Dr. Krishnan Subramanian, of Hennepin Healthcare, said.

4 Myths about revenue cycle telecommuting
HealthLeaders, 7/23/19
“Flexibility is key,” says Jessica Johnson, middle revenue cycle director at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.

Feeling tired this summer? There’s a reason why.
KARE 11, 7/12/19
Dr. Andrea Rowland-Fisher works in the emergency room at Hennepin Healthcare and says “summer fatigue” is a real thing.

“Your heart rate increases, your blood vessels dilate and this consumes more energy,” Rowland-Fisher says.

How to tell the difference between heat exhaustion and a heat stroke
KARE 11, 6/28/19
Dr. Doug Brunette, Senior Medical Director for Emergency and Trauma Services at Hennepin Healthcare, says to immediately seek medical attention when you notice the signs of heat stroke.

Hennepin County program underway to help inmates struggling with addiction
KSTP 5, 6/27/19
“The folks that we’re seeing have been struggling with their substance use disorder for at least a year, but often 10, 15 or 20 years,” said Dr. Tyler Winkelman.

New study links commonly prescribed medications to increased risk of dementia
KARE 11, 6/25/19
At Hennepin Healthcare, doctors read plenty of studies, but one that claims taking certain pills may increase your risk of dementia by as much as 50%, certainly stands out.

Dr. Anne Murray works in geriatrics and conducts research of her own.

She says the medical community has long suspected anticholinergic drugs, which are used to treat things like depression, Parkinson’s, incontinence, allergies and other conditions, may cause dementia later in life.

Doctors seeing an uptick in allergic asthma cases in Twin Cities metro
Fox 9, 6/11/19
“You can have allergic asthma when inhaling pollens or dust or dander that can trigger your lungs to react,” said Dr. John Sweet, the director of allergy and immunology at Hennepin Healthcare.

How a local hospital found an innovative way to treat babies born addicted to opioids
WCCO Radio, 6/10/19
While the hospital used to rely on medication to sooth the babies, doctors have found that a different, more traditional approach has been more effective. “Hugs, not drugs,” said Laura Gary, the nurse manager for pediatrics and the PICUDr. Gavin Bart and Dominique Rodriguez also interviewed. 

MPR, 6/2/19
Dr. Doug Brunette, senior medical director for emergency and trauma services at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, said heat stroke is the most serious of the conditions. Body temperatures usually top 104 degrees, and patients may lose consciousness or suffer seizures. Treatment involves cooling the person down and administering fluids.

Pair has a new idea for a great product: Happiness
Star Tribune, 5/25/19
They took their program to travel company Carlson and then later into the emergency services unit of Hennepin Healthcare, at a time when Hennepin County’s health care system was rolling out a series of well-being programs for employees.

Joint House-Senate committee agrees to bipartisan bill to combat opioids
Brainerd Dispatch, 5/23/19
The bill includes funding for Hennepin Healthcare’s “Project ECHO,” grants for tribal nations and urban Indian communities, and additional staff for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s drug labs and trafficking enforcement efforts. It also includes reforms to drug prescribing practices, improves efforts to safely remove excess drug supplies, and increases supplies of lifesaving Naloxone for first responders.

Recognizing the complexity of schizophrenia is crucial to its treatment
MPR, 5/22/19
Host Angela Davis explored schizophrenia with two guests on Wednesday, May 22, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

One of those guests is Dr. Marielle Demarais, a psychologist and director of Hennepin HealthCare’s HOPE program, which works with clients after they’ve experienced their first episode of psychosis, the brain’s inability to process reality.Psychosis can be a sign of schizophrenia.

Youth suicide rates on the rise
KARE 11, 5/20/19
Dr. Mark Lynn says now more than ever, it’s important for parents to talk to their kids about their feelings.

Safety warning for scooter riders this summer
KARE 11, 5/20/19
“Definitely be watching it, looking for trends,” said Julie Philbrook at Hennepin Healthcare. She is hoping to educate riders on staying safe. She says it’s all about simple safety precautions.

Allergy season: What to know
KARE 11, 5/20/19
“Pretty much since the beginning of April we’ve seen a lot of tree pollens in the air and we’re seeing that all the way through April and May. Very soon we’re going to start seeing grass pollens bothering people with itchy eyes, a lot of congestion and so forth,” said Dr. John Sweet, division director of Allergy and Immunology at Hennepin Healthcare.

What you need to know to protect your family against the measles
WCCO 4, 5/14/19
“It’s sad we have to talk about this in a place where the vaccine is abundant and readily available but some people are choosing not to vaccinate their kids,” said Pediatrician Dr. Ifelayo Ojo. 

Held back by deep freeze, allergy season returns in full force
Fox 9, 5/8/19
“Allergy season was a little delayed this year because of all the snow, the cold temperatures. Now, we’re seeing a surge of pollen,” said Dr. John Sweet, Director of Allergy and Immunology at Hennepin Healthcare. “I’m booking out to August already for allergy sufferers.”

New treatment for postpartum depression comes with a steep cost
MPR News, 5/8/19
May is Mental Health Month, so on Wednesday, MPR News guest host Tiffany Hanssen talked about this new medication with two Twin Cities doctors who specialize in women’s mental health. Dr. Helen Kim, director of the Hennepin Healthcare Mother-Baby Program was one of the guests.

Innovative Minneapolis medical center will target the depression, anxiety of new moms
Star Tribune, 5/8/19
The idea is to create a sense of community for mothers, whose depression and anxiety can be exacerbated by isolation when they bring their babies home, said Dr. Helen Kim, a Hennepin Healthcare psychiatrist.

Hennepin Healthcare gets $10M gift to treat new parents’ anxiety, depression
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 5/7/19
“We want every new parent to know that perinatal depression and anxiety are serious — but treatable — conditions,” said Dr. Helen Kim, co-founder and medical director of the Redleaf Center, in a news release. “And that no one needs to suffer alone.”

Hennepin Healthcare announces new therapy center for new moms
KARE 11, 5/7/19
“Depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy has been called the number one complication of pregnancy,” said Dr. Helen Kim, Director of the Mother-Baby program at Hennepin Healthcare.

Hennepin Healthcare hosts Teddy Bear Clinic
WCCO 4, 5/4/19
Hennepin County Medical Center invites children and their stuffed friends in to learn about the emergency department. “Kids bring their teddy in and act as mom and dad and bring their teddy in to get fixed up,” explains Dr. Ashley Strobel. “We want to take the scare out of emergency care.”

Brooklyn Park Clinic reacts to measles spike
4/30/19, CCX Media
As new numbers show measles cases are on the rise, doctors at a Brooklyn Park clinic say measles can spread very easily. Doctors at Hennepin Healthcare say the best weapon against measles is vaccination. “Most of us have never seen a case of measles,” said Dr. Rachael Rapacz.

Vaccination rates low at City of Lakes Waldorf School
Southwest Journal, April 4, 2019
When presented with the school’s data, Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Hennepin Healthcare, said she gets very nervous when she hears about schools with high rates of unvaccinated students.

Cosmetic dermatology for the aging face
MetroDoctors, March/April 2019
Dr. Jenny Liu is the Chief of Dermatology at Hennepin Healthcare.

Local doctor offers tips for spring allergy sufferers
CCX Media, 3/29/19
Dr. John Sweet with the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center says showering before you go to bed if you have been outside will alleviate the pollen and mold sticking to your hair or face.

How to recognize traumatic brain injuries as spring activities resume
Fox 9, 3/28/19
Youth sports season is about to kick into overdrive and before your young one steps up to the plate or hits the soccer field, it’s important to be aware of possible brain injuries.

That’s why in front of a room of curious minds Thursday, Dr. Ashley Strobel, an emergency medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare, explained the importance of looking for physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms when trying to identify a traumatic brain injury.

That’s why after a hit to the head, Dr. Min Joeng Park Graf, Medical Director of the TBI Outpatient Program says anyone with symptoms for more than 10 days needs to see an expert. Especially because brain injury symptoms, including vision problems, can either present immediately or over a period days.

Family, hospital seek to end sleep-related suffocation among infants
Fox 9, 3/24/19
According to Jenette Flynn, a pediatric unit clinical care supervisor at HCMC, babies “should always sleep on back, never their side and never their tummy.”

Heavy, wet snow causing roofs to collapse in Minnesota, North Dakota
Austin Daily Herald (from MPR), 3/11/19
Dr. Michelle Carlson is a cardiologist at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. She said that if you’re out shoveling, it’s important to stay aware of signs your body may be under too much stress.

Meth seizures surge in Minnesota as treatment, research languish
Star Tribune, 3/10/19
Dr. Tyler Winkelman, a physician and researcher at Hennepin Healthcare, said the “unintended consequences of getting rid of local meth labs with the crackdown on Sudafed” — the over-the-counter product that provides a key ingredient for making meth — is “that opened up the meth cartels from Mexico.”

Drug seizures on the rise
KNSI Radio, 3/11/19
Dr. Tyler Winkelman of Hennepin Healthcare says research has shown that hospitalizations related to methamphetamine increased 270 percent nationally between 2008 and 2015.

Spinal stimulation study giving paralyzed patients hope for voluntary movement
KSTP 5, 3/8/19
People paralyzed from a serious injury are being given an opportunity many thought they’d lost for good. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare are helping them regain voluntary movement and so much more.

Kidney transplant patients risk transplant rejection when Medicare coverage ends
MedicalResearch.com, 3/7/19
Allyson Hart MD, MS, Department of Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare

Drug seizures on the rise
Austin Daily Herald, 3/7/19
The increase in drug seizures corresponds with studies that have found a rise in drug use among Minnesotans and nationally. According to research conducted by Dr. Tyler Winkelman of Hennepin Healthcare, hospitalizations related to methamphetamine increased nationally by 270 percent from 2008-2015, faster that any other form of substance abuse. The number of women using methamphetamine during pregnancy has increased significantly since 2008, particularly in rural areas.

More people in their 30s and 40s are having strokes. How to recognize and prevent them.
MPR, 3/5/19
Dr. Tapan Thacker, a neurologist at Hennepin Healthcare, said strokes are becoming more common in younger populations. The rate of people ages 45 to 65 who experienced strokes increased 15 percent between 2000 and 2010, he said. The rate of people ages 35 to 45 who had strokes increased 40 percent during the same period.

Good Question: What’s the difference between Urgent Care and the ER?
WCCO 4, 3/4/19
Upon entering Hennepin Healthcare, people can choose to go right into urgent care or left into the emergency room.  At both places, a triage nurse is stationed to tell patients where the appropriate place is for them.

The Mysteries of Sleep
The Mary Hanson Show, 3/3/19
Samantha Anders, PhD, and Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin Health Care is Mary’s guest. She shares information about sleep problems, especially insomnia and debunks some myths. She also talks about the stages of sleep and situations when sleep medication is needed.

Should I try acupuncture? 
Minnesota Parent, 3/1/19
Dr. Tara Gustilo is the chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. She’s also an acupuncturist who treats a variety of conditions, including chronic and acute pain, mood disorders, fatigue and fibromyalgia. She’s also a North American Menopause Society certified practitioner.

As February comes to a close, Minnesotans share a winter badge of honor
WCCO 4, 2/28/19
Mentally trying, the weather took a physical toll, too. Dr. Andrew Laudenbach works in emergency medicine at HCMC.

Minneapolis police on pace to respond to record number of drug overdoses
Star Tribune, 2/28/1
Paramedics have used Narcan 160 times since Jan. 1 to treat suspected overdose victims, after using the opioid antidote 832 times all of last year, according to Mike Trullinger, deputy chief of operations for Hennepin EMS.

Asylym seekers get a safety net
Star Tribune, 2/16/19
Fearful of high medical bills, her mother waited to see if she got better. Sarai got worse. Finally, an ambulance rushed her 130 miles east to HCMC in Minneapolis.

Boiling water challenge sends people to the hospital
Bismark Tribune (CNN), 2/8/19
It’s not just the people throwing the water who are getting hurt. Vicik said some of the burn victims in Chicago have been those watching the stunt.

That’s also what they’re finding at Hennepin Healthcare, said Angie Whitley, the clinical care supervisor in the hospital’s burn center.

With amputation needed, homeless man finds relief in reunion with dog
Star Tribune, 2/6/19
Sitting in a wheelchair, his legs covered by a gray fleece blanket, Mitchell turned as a door opened and his “best friend” barreled into a conference room at HCMC in Minneapolis.

Frostbitten man reunited with dog after risking life to save him
KARE 11, 2/6/19
Mitchell, 57, is currently staying in the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Local  burn surgeon works in unit where he was once a patient
KARE 11, 2/6/19
Burn surgeon Dr. Jon Gayken has spent a lot of time at HCMC’s Burn Unit. He was a patient there back when he was 17 after he developed a blood infection.

Minnesota Moment: Man reunited with his dog after getting frostbite
KSTP 5, 2/5/19
Jay Mitchell and his dog have been reunited. Jay recently lost his wife and his home, so he has been living in his truck with his dog, Hero.

Hospitals saw a surge in patients thanks to ice injuries
MPR, 2/5/19
In Minneapolis, Dr. James Miner, head of emergency medicine at Hennepin Healthcare, said the hospital treated many people who hit the ground much faster than they were expecting.

160 patients admitted to HCMC and Regions Health Partners after slipping on ice
Fox 9, 2/4/19
“It’s very dangerous,” said Nurse Jennifer Herrmeyer. “We’ve had more ambulances come in than in many years.”

Metro hospitals flooded with patients victim to slippery sidewalks
WCCO 4, 2/4/19
Dr. Andrew Laudenbach says there are different injuries but only one cause. “The main thing we are seeing a lot of today is slip and fall on ice and broken bones, dislocation, sprains, bruises, head injuries, back pain,” he said.

Internet chipping in to help homeless man who risked it all for his dog
Bring Me the News, 2/3/19
Mitchell is currently battling a case of frostbite so severe, he’s in the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).

Man shares story of his frostbite hospitalization after staying in the cold with his dog
Fox 9, 2/1/19
At least 18 people have been admitted to Hennepin Healthcare for frostbite, one of whom said he’s lucky to be alive.

Jay Mitchell wanted to share his story to let others know about the dangers of the bitter cold weather, but his story also illuminates a touching story about the bond between a man and his dog.

Man being treated for frostbite warns of cold weather dangers
WCCO 4, 2/1/19
One man is being treated for frostbite on his feet at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis Friday night. Jay Mitchell was sleeping when he started to notice frostbite on both of his feet.

ChangeMakers: Farji Shaheer wants to treat violence “like a cancer”
MPR, 2/1/19
Farji Shaheer, 39, is program manager and director of the Next Step program at HCMC and North Memorial Hospital.

Cold extracts human toll: more than 2 dozen dead in 8 states
Associated Press, 2/1/19
Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis normally sees around 30 frostbite patients in an entire winter. It treated 28 in the past week, spokeswoman Christine Hill said Friday.

“I definitely saw more frostbite than I’ve ever seen in my entire career just in the last three days,” said Dr. Andrea Rowland-Fischer, an emergency department physician at Hennepin Healthcare.

Frostbitten man risks life to save dog
KARE 11, 2/1/19
Hennepin County Medical Center says it admitted 30 people for frostbite since January 1.

Jay Mitchell is one of those patients. Friday, he greeted people in his room in the burn unit, with his feet wrapped up in bandages.

U of M, Hennepin Healthcare study gives hope to those told they would never walk again
Fox 9, 2/1/19
“That’s the lead, where it contacts the spinal cord,” explained Dr. Uzma Samadani, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery University of Minnesota Medical School and Neurosurgeon with Hennepin Healthcare.

Samadani described how surgically implanted electrodes along the spinal cord are connected to a battery pack. Software stimulates the nerves that go down to muscles in the legs. So far, six out of seven spinal cord injury patients that doctors have operated on have seen movement.

“It was pure survival”: One man fights despair, frostbite in the polar vortex
Star Tribune, 1/31/19
“He’s all I have left in the world,” Mitchell said from his hospital bed in the burn unit at HCMC. “All my other family is in the ground.”

HCMC uses flesh-saving drug to fight frostbite
Doctors at the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center are using a flesh-saving drug to fight frostbite.  It’s called TPA and it works as a tissue plasma activator.

It breaks down the clot to reopen blood vessels and helps restore blood flow to the tissue, said Dr. Ryan Fey, the director of the burn unit at HCMC.

Deep freeze still on, but signs of life emerging
Star Tribune, 1/30/19
Cases of frostbite are popping up in the Twin Cities. HCMC spokeswoman Christine Hill said there have seen many patients for hypothermia, frost nip and frostbite. Its burn center has admitted 11 patients for frostbite, and another eight have been treated on an outpatient basis, Hill said.

Caught in extreme cold, Minnesota grinds to a halt
Star Tribune, 1/30/19
Dr. Andie Rowland-Fisher, an emergency physician at HCMC, said the first sign of frostbite is pain in exposed areas, followed by numbness or tingling — then eventually no feeling at all. It can set in within minutes in the temperatures expected Wednesday, she said.

Carbon monoxide poisoning concerns as temperatures near record lows
Fox 9, 1/29/19
“I think the big thing to know about carbon monoxide is it can happen with any kind of combustion, so if you’re trying to burn something you could have a problem,” said Dr. Thomas Masters of Emergency and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare.

Take it from an ER doc: “Don’t challenge nature”
MPR, 1/28/19
“When it gets this cold, nobody should be outside unless it is absolutely imperative for them to be outside,” said Dr. Douglas Brunette of Hennepin Healthcare. “It’ll last just a few days.

Doctor’s at HCMC’s Burn Unit see uptick in frostbite cases over the past 24 hours
Fox 9, 1/25/19
HCMC has treated at least 28 frostbite patients since Jan. 1. Six of those cases alone happened in the last 24 hours. Two of them were so severe the people had to be admitted for care.

How can we prevent opioid addiction? 
MPR, 1/22/19
Dr. Charles Reznikoff works in Addiction Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare.

KARE 11, 1/5/19
“It is a risk, but it’s a really really small risk,” said Hennepin Healthcare cardiologist Dr. Brad Bart.

FDA approves new device used to detect concussions
WCCO 4, 1/8/19
“My thought is this will change the way we classify brain injury,” said Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon with Hennepin Healthcare.

With deep-freeze closely followed by warm-up, slippery sidewalks pose big hazard
WCCO 4, 1/3/19
“There was one day, it was about eight or nine days ago, where we had in one shift about six or seven people with broken bones,” said Dr. Doug Brunette of Hennepin Healthcare.

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