Hennepin Healthcare in the News
View recent medical stories from local and national media featuring experts from Hennepin Healthcare.
Health expert warns flu shots could be crucial to avoid a “twindemic” this winter
WCCO Radio, 10/18/21
“There is a concern about flu,” Dr. David Hilden told Adam Carter on the WCCO Morning News. “Most of us will remember or maybe it didn’t across our minds, we barely had flu last year. It was a handful of cases, but it was basically a non-event and that is likely because one, it was a mild flu season to begin with. But two, we weren’t together. We were social distancing and we were masking.”
Calm in the Storm: How Hennepin EMS is reaching into the community, one patient at a time
Mill City Times, 10/11/21
Riding in an ambulance with paramedic Xander Krohnfeldt, it seems the more agitated his patient gets, the more calm his voice becomes. Krohnfeldt works for Hennepin Emergency Medical Services (EMS), where he provides front line care to people throughout their primary service area in Hennepin County.“A huge portion of the job is being able to talk to people. You’re walking through a crisis with an individual and that varies dramatically from person to person,” said Krohnfeldt.
“We are here for their emergency. Whoever has called us, whether that’s the patient, a family member, or a bystander, we’re here for somebody’s emergency,” said paramedic Becky Kopka. “I don’t make judgments. I understand that I’m there to help them.”
“As you’re getting out of your rig and going up to the apartment, the house, or the side of the road, you try not to get blinders on,” said paramedic Jeremiah Steele.
“We’re there to help,” said Martin Scheerer, Senior Director of EMS at Hennepin Healthcare. “I feel good that we approach each case with compassion and we’re able to help people during their worst days and times.”
Demand for Twin Cities hospital intervention program grows amid violent year
KSTP 5, 10/6/21
“You have to approach it with care, from a trauma-informed care lens and that’s saying, ‘We know something happened to you but there’s nothing wrong with you,’” said Jalilia Abdul-Brown, a senior violence prevention specialist. “Let us help you get back on your feet.”
“If the person doesn’t trust the person who’s treating them, then sometimes people leave [against medical advice],” said Kentral Galloway, the program manager. “When we come in, we start building a relationship with them.”
Hennepin Healthcare partners with MDH to bring routine care to kids
Fox 9, 9/30/21
Hennepin Healthcare started its mobile vaccination clinic in the early months of the pandemic, making home visits. Eighteen months later, they’ve expanded to pop ups.
“I think as word on the street spread about what we were doing, schools (and) head start centers reached out to us,” said Dr. Dawn Martin, a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare.
“The school teachers, the school nurses, the social workers — that community is established already, and for that community support to then say, ‘Hey, I’ve got some friends at Hennepin Healthcare. Why don’t you talk to them? That trust then gets extended to us,” said Sheyanga Beecher, a nurse practitioner at Hennepin Healthcare.
Some say COVID-19 vaccine is the “mark of the beast.” Is there a connection to the Bible?
USA Today, 9/26/27
Emergency room physician Stephen Smith at Hennepin Healthcare told USA TODAY he hasn’t heard the ‘mark of the beast’ as a reason to not get vaccinated but a few other outlandish reasons.
Smith said one woman brought her child in for a fever and cough, and he explained that the toddler might have COVID-19. When he asked the mother if she had been vaccinated, Smith said her response was “Oh no, that turns you into a zombie.”
Young and younger: Minnesota’s latest COVID-19 hospitalizations
Star Tribune, 9/25/21
“The age distribution is really different,” said Dr. Matthew Prekker, an HCMC emergency and critical care specialist who treated Belen-Perez. “It’s almost all people under 50 that we’re admitting — day after day now.”
Midwives celebrate 50 years of service at Hennepin Healthcare
Fox 9, 9/25/21
“You talk to women who are 85 years old and they can tell you about their labor and their birth because it’s such a powerful experience,” midwife Maggie Pastarr told FOX 9.
1 million Minnesotans eligible for Pfizer booster shot
Star Tribune, 9/24/21
“We had many patients at the beginning who had significant co-morbidities but were not eligible,” said Dr. Kate Hust, an internal medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare. “We certainly see patients at Hennepin who are very sick before the age of 64, and this helps patients make an informed decision.”
Postpartum doulas are the support system all new mothers need
“Doula services are needed more than ever given that the experience of childbirth in the U.S. is increasingly lonely and medicalized,” Helen Kim, a perinatal psychiatrist and director of the Mother-Baby Program at Hennepin County Medical Center said. “In our current system, with more isolated families, distant extended families, and more fragmented communities, pregnant and postpartum mothers and fathers can easily feel isolated and overwhelmed with the task of caring for their baby.”
Pfizer says vaccine is safe for kids; experts say shots are still weeks out
KARE 11, 9/20/21
“The two biggest questions we had with this study was, could they get that immune response with a smaller dose, and will it be safe? And I think right now the data suggests it is,” Hennepin Healthcare Pediatrician Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian says.
Parents split on whether they’ll vaccinate as Pfizer touts effectiveness with kids 5 to 11
WCCO 4, 9/20/21
“In Minnesota, throughout the state, we are seeing kids hospitalized with COVID, we are seeing kids hospitalized with post-COVID inflammatory condition (MIS-C), and we are seeing kids in the ICUs,” said Dr. Hannach Lichtsinn of Hennepin Healthcare.
COVID-19 or seasonal allergies? Delta making it harder to tell
Fox 9, 9/13/21
“People are having more upper respiratory symptoms with the delta variant and that could be easily confused with a mild cold or allergy symptoms,” said Hennepin Healthcare allergist Dr. John Sweet.
Push continues to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among communities of color
Fox 9, 9/1/21
“I think things could get worse,” said Dr. Andrew Kiragu a pediatric critical physician at Hennepin County Medical Center and Children’s Hospital.
At HCMC in Minneapolis, physicians are seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections in unvaccinated people, both children and adults. Another troubling trend is an uptick in unvaccinated people of color falling seriously ill or dying.
“This variant seems to be causing more severe disease,” said Dr. Kiragu.
Minnesota hospitalizations exceed 600; COVID-19 vaccinations urged
Star Tribune, 9/1/21
Dr. Aaron Robinson, an HCMC emergency physician, related to those concerns from his upbringing on an American Indian reservation in Wisconsin. However, he said it is frustrating to see so many unvaccinated people coming into the emergency department with COVID-19, and heartbreaking to see so many infections in young people of color.
“I understand there is a lot of fear about the vaccine,” he said, “but this is far outweighed by the benefit of the vaccine that is preventing hospitalization, preventing critical illness, and preventing death.”
Plymouth COVID-19 survivor urges unvaccinated to get shots
CCX Media, 9/1/21
“Put aside your political affiliations and get vaccinated if you love your family and love your community,” said Reggie McAllister of Plymouth. “Just be responsible.”
HCMC workers urge minority communities to get vaccinated
WCCO 4, 9/1/21
“Our hospital is full of people in the ICU who are unvaccinated, young, people of color and they’re dying from COVID,” Dr. Nneka Sederstrom said. “That’s what we know today. Today the people who dying are unvaccinated. That truth needs to ring true. Staying unvaccinated today means its very likely that tomorrow will not be promised.”
Research: Black women at higher risk for preterm births during heat waves than white women
Dr. Tracy Prosen is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Hennepin Healthcare. She said there is a good reason for why preterm births can increase during warmer weather.
“We know that when women are dehydrated, they tend to have more contractions,” said Prosen. “And so, in the summer months, people need to be drinking more water and aren’t always drinking more water, to help keep themselves hydrated.”
Volunteers make dozens of “worry monsters” to help ease patient anxiety at HCMC
KSTP 5, 8/20/21
Hennepin Healthcare Child Life Specialist Katie O’Hearn hands out “worry monsters” to her young patients.
“Kids love it, for starters, it’s kind of like a stuffed animal,” O’Hearn said. “They are adorable and cute and squishy and it’s really easy for kids to use their imaginations and imagine that worry monster gobbling up their worries so they can move on to something else.”
Child-care COVID-19 exposures rise in Minnesota amid delta variant
Star Tribune, 8/19/21
Dr. Heidi Erickson, a critical care physician at HCMC who co-authored the study, said she is urging all unvaccinated people to seek shots if they are eligible for them.
“As a physician who takes care of these patients, and who has lost patients in their 30s and 40s to this disease, it’s an existential sort of crisis now of seeing unnecessary deaths and suffering from an illness that is preventable,” she said.
Minnesota State Fair urges but doesn’t require masks, vaccination
Star Tribune, 8/18/21
Hennepin County Medical Center contributed to one of the studies, showing that the two-dose vaccines protected against COVID-19 hospitalizations after 24 weeks. Dr. Heidi Erickson, a co-author, said she is pleading with unvaccinated people to get shots based on her patients in intensive care.
“We’re having patients with life-threatening disease in their late 20s and 30s. They’re younger, most of them are previously healthy, and all of them are unvaccinated,” she said.
CDC now says it recommends COVID-19 booster shots for everyone starting in September
KARE 11, 8/18/21
Hennepin Healthcare’s Dr. Stacene Maroushek says, “A lot of the health care systems are in the same boat as the general public; we’re like ok, what do we do first, so it is confusing, I agree.”
Twin Cities woman hopes her bravery encourages others in communities of color to get vaccinated
KARE 11, 8/11/21
“It’s not really hesitancy, it’s reluctance, and I think the reluctance often comes because of the fear and worry on whether or not the vaccine was created for people like us,” said Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer for Hennepin Health.
As the delta variant spreads, a doctor answers your top questions
KARE 11, 8/4/21
Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn is an internist and pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis who is trying to educate the community about COVID-19, the new variants and the vaccine.
Twin Cities metro hospitals facing spike in patient intakes
Fox 9, 8/4/21
Hennepin Healthcare told FOX 9 that since mid-July, there’s been a 15 percent increase in the number of patients admitted every day. Allina Health officials says the daily census across its metro campuses has been growing this week.
Pediatrician Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning.
“I understand the concern, and yes, these vaccines are somewhat new, but they’re not that new anymore, and we have really good experience now,” Lichtsinn said. “And I am confident as a parent and as a physician that they are safe,” Lichtsinn said.
No clear answers as Minnesotans brace for several days of smoky skies
Star Tribune, 8/1/21
HCMC was seeing an increase in patients coming in with shortness of breath, said John Gallagan, manager of the Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Function Lab. “I couldn’t tell you a percentage,” he said. “But we’ve been busy anyway, and this is just creating more business for us.”
Outdoor activities are still on despite poor air quality, but some people are playing it safe
KARE 11, 7/31/21
Dr. Nick Simpson says it might be tempting for people to go running or to do some gardening or yardwork this weekend, but he says it’s probably not a good idea if you have a chronic breathing problem or any other condition that could be exacerbated by the poor air quality.
Face masks can help protect you from smoky air in Minnesota
Fox 9, 7/30/21
“We have definitely seen more people with chronic lung disease, like asthma, COPD, emphysema,” said Hennepin Healthcare Respiratory Care clinical supervisor, Denise Eide.
Minnesotans urged to take care of themselves and others during extreme heat
“Typically when it’s hot outside not only can you see the heat-related illness, but we also then see the illness to people being active so water sports and people being outside,” says Hennepin Healthcare emergency medicine doctor Stephen Dunlop.
Tired of Minnesota’s streak of hot weather? Here’s why.
WCCO 4, 7/27/21
“Staying cool when it’s this hot and humid means producing sweat, and that requires energy and over several days of doing that, that redirects energy from other activities and makes us feel more fatigued,” said Hennepin Healthcare ER Dr. John Litell.
Variants, vaccine efficacy, and the tests labs need
CAP Today, 7/18/21
Speaking in a CAP TODAY webinar on variants and their detection, Dr. Glen Hansen said diagnostic manufacturers have shown that variant assays can be brought to market for clinical laboratories. “And we need to support them so that when a clinically valid mutation comes around that we need to look for, we have the chance to do it,” he said in the April 28 webinar made possible by a special educational grant from Seegene Technologies.
Opioid overdoses have spiked in Minnesota during pandemic
WCCO 4, 7/14/21
Dr. Gavin Bart, an addiction medicine specialist at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, says deadly overdoses from illicitly manufactured opiates like fentanyl are way up in Minnesota.
Minnesota summer camps work to keep COVID-19 at bay
Fox 9, 7/13/21
Hennepin Healthcare Pediatrician Dr. Subrahmanian says the most important thing is vaccination. He also encourages parents to ask camps lots of questions.
Can Healthcare have an access revolution on the back of telemedicine?
Healthtech Magazine, 7/13/21
By Deepti Pandita MD, FACP, FAMIA, Chief Health Information Officer & Ryan Jelinek DO, Clinical Informatics Fellow, Hennepin Healthcare
Urgent need for donations at Minnesota’s blood centers
Dr. Jed Gorlin is the medical director of Memorial Blood Centers and head of transfusion at Children’s Hospital and Hennepin Healthcare. He said last week that it isn’t a crisis — yet.
“Bottom line is we are stretched. Nobody is being denied a transfusion, but we have less on our inventories than we would like to see,” he said.
With 29 drownings already this summer, Minnesota officials are bracing for July 4th holiday
Star Tribune, 7/2/21
“The water is obviously inviting and it doesn’t look scary to kids,” said Dr. Ashley Bjorklund, medical director of pediatric critical care at Hennepin Healthcare.
Mixed reactions to Walmart’s new private insulin label
WCCO 4, 6/30/21
Hennepin Healthcare Diabetes Pharmacist Laura Traynor knows the struggle well.
“We see all the time patients not taking their medications or rationing their medications because they can’t afford them,” Traynor said.
HCMC awarded for focus on people experiencing homelessness
WCCO 4, 6/24/21
According to a hospital spokesperson, HCMC’s efforts came after an analysis showed housing instability accounting for a high rate of 30-day readmissions; of patient charts reviewed by HCMC, three in four fell into this group.
Mascot at Hennepin Healthcare celebrates 10 years of service
Fox 9, 6/22/21
“We’re really grateful that Bernie is our friend and our community member. He’s an incredible asset to our institution,” said Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare.
AAP releases new guidance for heart screening for kids
Fox 9, 6/21/21
Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician with Hennepin Healthcare, says many young patients aren’t screened until they begin playing sports and need a Minnesota State High School League physical. “The process is simply about asking questions,” Subrahmanian says. “Have you ever fainted or passed out, particularly in response to exercise or loud noises? have you ever had exercise-related chest pain?”
Hospitals, nursing homes in Minnesota not mandating Covid-19 vaccine — yet
Star Tribune, 6/21/21
At Hennepin Healthcare, about 85% of employees had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of June 7, while 81% of staff at Mayo Clinic’s facilities in the Midwest have had at least one shot, health system spokeswomen said. At Allina Health, more than 70% of employees are two weeks past their final shot.
Heat-related illness rise due to extreme temperatures
WCCO 4, 6/18/21
Hennepin Healthcare has also seen a record number of heat-related sicknesses this month. There have been 13 patients since June 4 of this year in comparison to just six patients last June.
“The odd thing isn’t that it’s happening but how early in the year it’s happening,” Dr. Andrew Laudenbach said.
As temperatures heat up, experts offer tips on how to stay safe on the water this summer
KARE 11, 6/2/21
“It takes less than about 15 minutes in 50 degree temperature water for someone to lose their ability to grab things with their hands, to make those fine movements and not too much longer before their ability to swim effectively is impacted,” said Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, a Primary Care Doctor with HCMC.
Criminal Justice and Health
MetroDoctors, June 2020
Interview with Tyler Winkelman, MD, MSc, an internist, pediatrician, and health services researcher at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, MN, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, and a staff physician at the Hennepin County jail. He is the co-director of the Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice Lab at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.
A Call to Expand the Patient Bill of Rights Health Justice for Incarcerated Minnesotans – Hannah Lichtsinn, MD
What is perinatal anxiety and when should you get help?
KARE 11, 5/25/21
Symptoms of perinatal anxiety, which can affect women during pregnancy and after, are not always physical. The severity of anxiety is a spectrum, says Dr. Helen Kim, co-founder and director of the Hennepin Healthcare Mother-Baby Program and Redleaf Center for Family Healing.
Pregnant women’s brush with death shows how COVID-19 risks endure for younger adults
Star Tribune, 5/22/21
“She’s a walking miracle,” said Dr. Tracy Prosen, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Hennepin Healthcare, which runs HCMC hospital in Minneapolis. “We weren’t sure if mom was going to make it. We weren’t sure if baby was going to make it.”
“We’re still in the storm”: Minnesota students struggle with mental health
Kristen Wiik, a pediatric neuropsychologist at HCMC, says her team was working at capacity with kids before the pandemic. Now there’s a long waitlist, and the hospital refers many kids to other practices. She wishes more schools had school-based mental health services and predicts the demand for mental health support has only just begun.
“I think we’re still in it. We’re still in the middle of the storm,” Wiik said. “One thing we’re anticipating is that the transition back to regular full-time school for a lot of kids is going to be really hard.”
Doctors warn parents of dangers of water-absorbing beads
Fox 9, 5/19/21
“The problem with them that we see from Poison Control, it’s not that they’re poisonous per say, they have no poison in them, the problem is they expand and can cause problems if you swallow a lot of them,” said Dr. Ann Arens, the associate medical director of the Minnesota Poison Control System.
What do men and women need to get checked during a routine physical?
WCCO 4, 5/18/21
“Traditionally we’ve thought that people in their 50s and 60s should start looking for [colon cancer],” said Dr. David Hilden, internal medicine physician with Hennepin Healthcare.
“No place for a child”: Minnesotans languish in ERs while awaiting mental health services
Star Tribune, 5/15/21
“The water was already high, and now the dam has broken,” said Kristen Wiik, manager for neuropsychology and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Hennepin Healthcare.
After vaccination, only 0.1 percent of Minnesotans got COVID-19, April data shows
Fox 9, 5/12/21
“The people I’ve cared for who have been sick or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after having vaccine have had very easy courses, minimal symptoms, if any,” said Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, of Hennepin Healthcare.
COVID-19 vaccination efforts now reach middle school students
CCX Media, 5/11/21
“They had what they call 100 percent effectiveness in 12 to 15-year-olds in their study — no one who got this vaccine ended up getting COVID,” said Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian of Hennepin Healthcare.
Why the COVID vaccine may respond differently in kids versus adults
KARE 11, 5/10/21
Dr. Stacene Maroushek studies infectious diseases in children at Hennepin Healthcare. She says the human body reacts differently to drugs, medications and vaccines at different stages of life.
Minnesota gets creative in COVID-19 vaccine outreach
Star Tribune, 5/8/21
Over the next two weeks, Hennepin Healthcare will offer vaccine at more than 20 events planned at churches, schools, community centers and restaurants, said Dr. Deepti Pandita, chief medical information officer.
Good Question: What if your allergy medicine isn’t kicking in? How can you find faster relief?
WCCO 4, 5/4/21
When allergy symptoms get so intense, just taking the recommended dose can feel insufficient. So can we pop another tablet before the first runs its course? Allergist Dr. John Sweet with Hennepin Healthcare said if you’re a kid under 6 years old or elderly, it could have adverse effects.
Heart-lung bypass a COVID-19 rescue tool in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 5/3/21
When severe COVID-19 leaves you on a heart-lung bypass machine for 81 days, and you make it out of the hospital alive, you tend to get noticed.
“That’s the longest we’ve had a survivor on veno-venous ECMO so far,” said Dr. Matthew Prekker, medical director of HCMC’s ECMO program, who treated Grubb. “He’s had the longest duration of support and fortunately is going to be a survivor.”
Leveraging data visualization tools to promote health equity
Health IT Analytics, 5/3/21
For leaders at Hennepin Healthcare, a health system in Minneapolis, this meant employing knowledge gained earlier in the pandemic. Deepti Pandita, MD, chief health innovation officer and Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, chief health equity officer were interviewed.
Health officials push teens to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases spike in schools
CCX Media, 5/2/21
Dr. Stacene Maroushek, pediatric infectious disease specialist with Hennepin Healthcare, says there’s a lot of COVID-19 fatigue going around. She says it could be why many young people are not paying attention to safety precautions.
Doctors brace for questions with return of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Star Tribune, 5/1/21
It would be “very reasonable” for some patients to opt for Moderna or Pfizer, but that doesn’t mean a woman under 50 would be wrong to select J&J, said Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, an infectious disease specialist at Hennepin Healthcare. The health system has found the one-shot vaccine helps immunize patients who can’t easily get to the clinic for two shots, so a patient’s access to health care can factor into the choice.
“Transparency and education are really critical in … letting people make a decision they feel comfortable with,” she said.
Where does Minnesota stand in the hunt for herd immunity?
MPR News, 4/28/21
Nneka Sederstrom, the chief health equity officer for Hennepin Healthcare, said that to overcome such barriers, there’s value in proceeding with a sense of purpose: “We have moved from focusing so much on speed to now being more intentional with equity.”
Younger not necessarily healthier in Minnesota’s COVID-19 hospital surge
Star Tribune, 4/28/21
Dr. Matt Prekker co-authored a study released Wednesday by the CDC showing a 94% reduction in hospitalizations for fully vaccinated seniors who had received either the Moderna or Pfizer doses, the first to receive emergency approval in the United States.
“It’s simply heartbreaking”: 1st grader in SW Minnesota dies due to COVID-19 complications
WCCO 4, 4/26/21
“One, I think, is COVID fatigue. That’s a big issue right now, people letting down their guard. Two is there is a new variant going around,” Dr. Stacene Maroushek of Hennepin Healthcare said.
Psychiatrist De. Dionne Hart speaks out about huge gaps in mental health services among communities of color
Star Tribune, 4/16/21
When Dr. Dionne Hart was considering medical school, her high school adviser suggested she choose something more “suitable.” Fortunately, she ignored the advice. Hart, who was “always curious about brain disorders,” is among a tiny group of Black women psychiatrists.
Many protesters have become familiar with the short-term pain of exposure to tear gas. For some, it might turn out to be a long-term problem, too.
Sahan Journal, 4/14/21
While little is known about the long-term impact of tear gas, health experts know plenty about what happens in the short term. Dr. Thomas Wyatt, who practices emergency medicine at Hennepin Healthcare and treated many patients exposed to tear gas last year during protests, spoke at length with Sahan Journal about them.
J&J vaccine connected to blood clots, doctors break down what you need to know
KARE 11, 4/13/21
“In the end, each of us as an individual has to weigh the risks or benefits of any medical decision being made for ourselves, and the best way to do that is by talking with your doctor,” Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn says.
Are you on the hunt for a vaccine?
MPR News, 4/12/21
“We’re going to beat this thing. This pandemic is going to end if we can get everybody vaccinated as quickly as possible. But there’s another goal, and that is equity.” – Dr. David Hilden
If parents are vaccinated, and kids aren’t, what is safe to do this summer?
KARE 11, 4/11/21
Most parents are already accustomed to making sacrifices for their kids. After all, that’s what being a parent is all about right? And pediatrician Dr. Stacene Maroushek at Hennepin Healthcare says the pandemic is no exception.
New prayer stickers in Hennepin Healthcare are a welcome message for Muslim patients
Star Tribune, 4/7/21
Hennepin Healthcare physicians were the first to notice the importance of prayers to their Muslim patients and the additional stress it caused them when they struggled to tell which direction to face when praying. The doctors suggested to the Emergency Management Diversity Committee that it should place qibla indicators in their exam rooms.
New study shows pregnant women and babies have strong immune response to COVID vaccine
KARE 11, 3/27/21
“I totally am with all the moms asking this question right now,” Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Room Physician Dr. Ashley Strobel says. Strobel understands why many mothers are feeling overwhelmed these days.
While several studies suggest the COVID vaccines are safe for adults, expecting mothers like Dr. Strobel were still left wondering. She ultimately decided to get vaccinated and received her first and second doses in February.
Trauma in our streets and in our ED: How a Minneapolis Trauma I Health Center handled 2020
NEJM Catalyst, 3/23/21
As a new leader, I took the CEO role 2 weeks before we did some executive orders here in Minnesota. Early on, it was about this robust 90-day plan I had developed that got thrown out the door and we had to pivot, and do so fast. There wasn’t time as a new leader for me to learn; it was all hands on deck. We needed to trust our instincts and drive and respond, and it was important that we did that as a team in those early days. It was about teaming inside our walls, with other health systems, and with all levels of government to respond to what we know across the nation: none of us knew what was coming ahead of us. I had to trust our team, I had to trust my leaders. – Jennifer DeCubellis, CEO
HCMC respiratory therapist has the ultimate birthday gift for her dad: a kidney
KSTP 5, 3/16/21
Shawna Sheppard is undergoing transplant surgery at HCMC Tuesday in order to donate one of her kidneys to her dad, 62-year-old Dwayne Sheppard.
“It was like a calling. I knew I was the person who was supposed to give him this,” she said.
Baby born in Minneapolis hospital drop-off zone named after security officer who helped deliver her
Star Tribune, 3/15/21
Owen’s performance impressed the staff at HCMC. Kathryn Leggitt, a certified nurse-midwife at HCMC, said Owen did a great job delivering the baby.
“I think she drew on her training, drew on her personal experience and drew on her professionalism to stay calm in an unusual situation,” Leggitt said. “Pulling all those things together, she made a really safe experience for Lacey and for the baby.”
Curbside Delivery: Hennepin Healthcare security officer helps deliver baby in car
WCCO 4, 3/15/21
“One of the most amazing moments of my life,” Officer Owen said.
Newborn named after security officer who delivered her outside hospital
Fox 9, 3/15/21
“She came to the rescue and the whole time I kept looking at her eyes and all I could see was courage,” said Gonzalez of Owen’s poise. “And I knew everything was going to be OK.”
Curbside delivery: Baby named after officer who helped bring her into the world
KARE 11, 3/15/21
Lacey insists she had no doubts she was in safe hands. “She came to the rescue,” she said, speaking of Officer Owen’s steady presence. “The whole time I kept looking at her eyes. All I could see was courage and I knew everything was going to be OK.”
Minnesota agencies launch efforts to vaccinate homebound seniors
Star Tribune, 3/15/21
“It’s no easy task,” said Darla Groshens, a registered nurse with Hennepin Healthcare who helped launch the home vaccine program. “When you go into people’s homes, you can encounter all kinds of problems — lack of food or people not taking care of themselves — that require immediate attention. The reality is it’s really labor-intensive.”
While the work is challenging, Groshens described vaccinating seniors in their homes as “one of the most fulfilling experiences” of her 28-year career as a nurse. Some of the homebound seniors she sees have been living with anxiety for the past year and have broken out in tears of joy and relief after getting their shots.
The importance of creating access to vaccination and rebuilding trust in Black communities
Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, 3/11/21
A critical component of moving towards racial equity in vaccination rates is amplifying the voices of Black doctors. Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Ph.D., MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM, is the chief health equity officer at Hennepin Healthcare and a nationally recognized author and speaker on topics related to racism, racial disparities, bias, crisis, standards of care and treatment. She feels that it is not only important, but essential to have Black doctors as spokespeople when communicating information about COVID-19 in Black communities.
Brooklyn Park Clinic does outreach to diverse groups to reduce vaccination disparities
CCX Media, 3/9/21
“We worked with a lot of religious leaders. So, we’re hoping between the partnerships across all of us that we’ll be able to hit home with how every important this vaccine is,” explained clinic manager Brenda Kennelly.
Dr. Tyler Winkelman with Paul Douglas
WCCO Radio, 3/8/21
Dr. Winkelman from Hennepin Healthcare explains the new Minnesota Electronic Health Record Consortium.
Minnesota’s long haul: One year of COVID-19
Star Tribune, 3/7/21
Israel Pliego was on a heart-lung bypass machine at HCMC for 50 days last spring after catching COVID-19.
Minnesota to address racial and ethnic inequities in COVID-19 vaccinations
Star Tribune, 3/5/21
The results capture about 89% of the nearly 1.5 million first and second doses administered in the state, said Hennepin Healthcare’s Dr. Tyler Winkelman, who is leading the effort.
Walz announces partnership between state, health care systems on race and ethnicity data collection
KSTP 5, 3/5/21
“This important, intentional work to inform the equitable distribution of health care resources for Minnesotans is a true collaboration,” said Tyler Winkelman, MD, MSc at Hennepin Healthcare who is leading the MN EHR Consortium COVID-19 Vaccine Project. “The ongoing partnership will not only guide decision-making processes related to COVID-19 vaccination distribution, but also provides the infrastructure needed for future public health crises.”
First doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrive in Minnesota
FOX 9, 3/3/21
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine was 72 percent effective in U.S. trials, falling short of some of the other two-dose vaccines. Despite the focus on the efficacy rates, Dr. David Hilden, of Hennepin Healthcare, said it’s the best shot Minnesota has.
COVID-19 in Minnesota, one year later
KARE 11, 3/3/21
It’s hard to process,” Jon Cole, MD. “I remember intubating a patient and having to transfer that patient outside the metro area. And I remember thinking, ‘are we really going to run out of equipment?'”
How can we stop the surge in addiction and overdose deaths?
People with addictions are truly vulnerable, and are hit hard by natural disasters, including pandemics. – Dr. Charlie Reznikoff
Introducing Sahan Journal’s COVID-19 vaccine video series
Sahan Journal, 2/25/21
As Dr. Veronica Svetaz, a family medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare and co-founder of the Minnesota Immigrant Health Alliance recently told us, public health messaging works best when it comes directly “from people who belong to the same community.”
Walk like a penguin: How to avoid falling during refreeze
WCCO 4, 2/24/21
Dr. Andrew Laudenbach works in the Emergency Department of HCMC/Hennepin Healthcare. “I have seen patients, even today, that have come in after injuries from slipping on the ice,” he said.
Minnesotans weigh whether to travel for spring break
FOX 9, 2/24/21
“If you are making the decision to travel, you are also making the decision to put the people in your bubble at risk,” said Dr. Stacene Maroushek, an infectious disease pediatrician for Hennepin Healthcare.
Our children are in trouble if we don’t pass Biden’s child allowance
The Hill, 2/23/21
Many of the pandemic’s effects are widely known — the lives lost, the businesses that have shut their doors, the families that are going hungry, the women who are being forced out of the job market, and the disproportionate impacts of all of this on lower-income families and communities of color. By Diana Cutts, MD, the Chief of Pediatrics at Hennepin County Medical Center and Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Drs. Cutts and Sandel are Co-Lead Principal Investigators at Children’s HealthWatch headquartered at Boston Medical Center, a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts.
Hennepin Healthcare names chief health equity officer
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2/22/21
Dr. Sederstrom has a background in program development and speaks nationally on topics including racism, racial disparities, bias, end-of-life care and other aspects of diversity and ethics.
Hennepin Healthcare hires first chief health equity officer
Star Tribune, 2/22/21
“We feel strongly that to change the trajectory of our community, we need to change how healthcare is delivered from the ground up,” Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jennifer DeCubellis said in a statement.
New Hennepin History Museum exhibit honors health care workers of another era
Star Tribune, 2/19/21
The exhibit also features artifacts from the turn of the 20th century, such as equipment and uniforms. The star artifact is the kidney transporter used during the first kidney transplant in the Midwest in 1963. The operation was performed at Minneapolis General Hospital — now Hennepin County Medical Center.
Everyone agrees people of color aren’t getting the COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. How bad the problem is, and what to do about is are less clear.
Sahan Journal, 2/19/21
So just how bad is it? Earlier this month, two members of a state panel of experts organized to give guidelines to ensure people of color aren’t left behind accused the Department of Health of ignoring their recommendations and doing its business in the dark.
“There has been no transparency with the advisory group or the public [as] to how decisions are being made on the methods of vaccine allocation,” Nathan Chomilo, a pediatrician with Park Nicollet, and Nneka Sederstrom, chief health equity officer for Hennepin Healthcare, wrote in a letter to Malcolm. “Right now speed is winning and equity is losing.”
COVID-19 precautions keep flu cases historically low in Minnesota
FOX 9, 2/19/21
“It’s the same swab that we use for the COVID-19 test that we use for influenza, so it’s very easy for us to test for both,” explained Hennepin Healthcare Urgent Care nurse Lisa Gallick.
Dying on the Waitlist
In 2016, the directors of Minnesota’s six ECMO centers created a consortium to help with pandemic and emergency operations, said Dr. Matthew Prekker, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The consortium established uniform eligibility guidelines to make sure all critically sick patients get a fair chance at the therapy.
If half the state’s medical centers reach capacity, it triggers an emergency conference call between the ECMO center directors, who steer patients to open beds. “We are well organized,” said Prekker. “We don’t work in silos.”
What growing up in a pandemic is doing to our youngest kids’ brains
What mark will the pandemic leave on the generation growing up right now? Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian is a pediatrician with Hennepin Healthcare and consultant for the Redleaf Center for Family Healing. The center offers mental health services and parenting support to families expecting a baby or raising young children.
Fit February: How much sleep we really need
WCCO 4, 2/15/21
Dr. Ranji Varghese heads up the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center. According to Varghese, children need the most sleep, between nine and 11 hours. Teenagers need between eight and 10 hours of sleep. Adults are recommended to get about eight hours of sleep, with adults 65 years of age and older needing less (seven to eight hours).
Minnesota playing catch-up to get seniors of color vaccinated
Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity sent a letter to state leaders urging them to implement better strategies to increase equity in distribution. Among the signers was Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, who is the chief health equity officer for Hennepin Healthcare.
Doctors at HCMC use new imaging technology to treat frostbite cases
KARE 11, 2/12/21
“This cold snap here for the past week has been really devastating,” emergency physician Dr. Tom Masters says.
New device allows for faster treatment of frostbite patients
FOX 9, 2/12/21
“There are a lot of these around the country that are being used in the operating room,” said Dr. Tom Masters of Hennepin Healthcare. “We are definitely the first in the Minnesota – might be the first in the United States – to be using this in an acute setting.”
HCMC treats 33 frostbite cases in 1 week during recent cold snap
WCCO 4, 2/12/21
“The previous [way] took a couple hours to do, we can get this done in less than half an hour and get them their medicines,” said Dr. Tom Masters, who showed WCCO how this scanner pin points exactly where the frost bite is.
Minnesota hospitals start outreach to improve COVID-19 vaccine equity
Star Tribune, 2/12/21
“The populations of people that are getting access to the vaccines are not right now the populations who need it the most,” said Nneka Sederstrom, chief health equity officer at Hennepin Healthcare.
Minnesota falling behind in equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine
Star Tribune, 2/11/12
Hennepin Healthcare’s Nekka Sederstrom said the state’s recent vaccine allocation decision will leave it playing “catch-up.”
“Equity is not something to do just when things are convenient,” she said. “The normal response is to put it on the shelf for a better date and when you do that you are just continuing to perpetuate the inequities.”
Fit February: Is working from home affecting your snacking habits?
WCCO 4, 2/9/21
“It’s not a bad thing if you’re hungry,” Dr. Iesha Galloway-Gilliam, of Hennepin Healthcare, said.
Carbon monoxide poisoning: The silent winter danger
WCCO 4, 2/8/21
Expired units are a warning that Dr. Jon B. Cole, director of the Minnesota Poison Control System, is also trying to get out, especially during this extra cold week.
“Carbon monoxide for this kind of moment, is sort of a perfect storm,” Dr. Cole said. “When the cold drops really low like this, we always see more cases.”
Minnesota places of worship will play an important role in vaccination of at-risk populations
FOX 9, 2/5/21
Right now, a medical resident at Hennepin Healthcare is reaching out to local mosques to help spread the word about the vaccine.
“We are focused on trying to ensure that there’s equitable access to the vaccine,” said Dr. Hoda Hassan.
Doctors: Stop focusing on efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine
FOX 9, 2/2/21
“It really doesn’t matter which one you got, it just matters that you got one of them,” said Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin Healthcare.
Advocacy Champions: February Advocacy Champion Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH
Minnesota Medical Association, 2/1/21
Why is being an advocate so important to you? “Because I always felt like Eldridge Cleaver. ‘There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.'”
Next Step goes to the front lines of gun violence in Minneapolis, starting with the shooting victims
Star Tribune, 1/30/21
It is still dark most mornings when Farji Shaheer drives to HCMC in downtown Minneapolis and goes to his office at Next Step, a five-year-old program that offers support to young-adult victims of violence and their families. His mission is to lower the chances they are shot again and help them heal.
Good Question: What are you safe to do after getting vaccinated for COVID?
WCCO 4, 1/26/21
“It’s not going to be an immediate thing,” said Dr. David Hilden, internal medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare.
The political divide is threatening relationships among family, friends and co-workers
Star Tribune, 1/22/21
Damaged relationships not only cause hurt feelings. They can lead to significant physical distress.
“This is rampant in my patients,” said Talee Vang, senior clinical psychologist at Hennepin Health Care. “Some notice they feel irritable, exhausted, anxious. Internalized pain may come out in depression, sleep disorders or substance use. They may overindulge in alcohol or food.”
Breaking through the wall of stigma
NIH Heal Initiative, 1/21/21
“I don’t feel comfortable” or “I don’t want those kinds of patients in my practice,” are common sentiments among health providers, explains addiction medicine specialist Gavin Bart, M.D., Ph.D. of Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the state’s largest safety-net hospital, noting that those patients are often already in the practices of these providers.
The role of palliative care during COVID-19
“Palliative care is a multi-specialty care, performed by a team,” Hennepin Healthcare’s division director for Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Tom Klemond said. “Physician, social workers, nurse practitioner, we help out patients and families in teams that are facing serious circumstances, usually serious illness.”
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service
KARE 11, 1/18/21
Dozens of Minnesotans respected the spirit of the day by using their sewing talents to help those who are sick or in the hospital.
Good Question: What do families need to know about kids, masks and sports?
WCCO 4, 1/4/20
WCCO spoke to Hennepin Healthcare pediatrician Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian about masks and athletes.
“They are safe. We know that people are going to feel a difference in terms of their exertion and breathing,” Subrahmanian said. “Young athletes are going to have to communicate with their coaches and say, Hey, I might need a little bit more of a breather here and there.’”
Minnesota hospital ICUs became dangerously full in November
Star Tribune, 1/2/21
“The patients in the ICU were so sick and they just didn’t have any beds available,” said Dr. John Hick, a Hennepin Healthcare physician who helped coordinate Minnesota’s response to the pandemic. “No question, every hospital was having to make decisions about who went to intensive care.”
Hennepin Healthcare video stream lets parents stay close to fragile newborns
Star Tribune, 12/30/20
It can be heartbreaking for parents of a baby born prematurely or with health problems to go without visiting their fragile newborn. It’s also become common, as COVID-19 restrictions limit how many visitors at-risk newborns are allowed, said Laura Gary, nurse manager of the neonatal intensive care unit at Hennepin Healthcare.
AngelEye gives parents a shareable livestream of baby in NICU
FOX 9, 12/29/20
“Right now, we’re not letting any siblings in, so none of these siblings at home get to see the babies up until now when we have Angel Eye. They can watch their little brother or sister on camera,” said NICU nurse Sam Low. “I’ve had one mom say that it’s their new favorite TV show. Another mom said she ended up staying up all night because she couldn’t stop watching her babies.”
Hennepin Healthcare brings families into the neonatal ICU with new technology
Business Journals, 12/29/20
“I think it’s incredible in this time of Covid,” said Laura Gary, nurse manager of the NICU at Hennepin Healthcare, who described the app as an “all-access pass” to newborns. The hospital first explored getting the technology in the spring, when the Covid-19 pandemic restricted the number of visitors NICUs allowed at a time to just one. That one was almost always the mother.
8 Health care workers shared photos while getting the Covid-19 vaccine – and their reactions are everything
Explore Health, 12/29/20
Psychologist Talee Vang, PsyD, from Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota, tweeted, “Mental health is as important as physical health. Throughout the pandemic I have continued seeing patients at bedside. So glad today I got my #covidvaccine2020. #mybestshot at keeping my patients, my family, and myself safe! Psychologists on the front lines!”
Honoring warriors on the frontlines of COVID-19
CBS Sunday Morning, 12/27/20
Dr. Shirlee Xie featured in CBS Sunday Morning.
The gift of gratitude for those on COVID duty
Star Tribune, 12/24/20
As the holiday settles in, workers like Tyana Chatham-McCaskill, 25, will be on the job Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. She’s a lab technician with Hennepin Healthcare, going into multiple patients’ rooms each day to do blood draws.
HCMC begins COVID-19 staff vaccinations; “Today, we take over that battle,” CEO says
KSTP 5, 12/18/20
“It’s been an incredible almost 300 days of sweat and tears by these team members, they’ve done an incredible job battling this virus in this pandemic and today is the day we take over that battle,” Hennepin Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Jennifer DeCubellis said.
Minnesota will get fewer Pfizer vaccine than expected this month
FOX 9, 12/18/20
“They have done an incredible job battling this virus and this pandemic and today is the day we take over that battle.” – Jennifer DeCubellis, CEO.
Stories from the frontline: SCA chaplains & COVID-19
Spiritual Care Association Magazine, 12/1/20
“As a result of COVID-19, there’s heightened focus on self-care, and I think that’s been a positive thing.” – David Hottinger, M.Div, Manager of the Spiritual Care Department at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Minnesota considers shorter CDC quarantine guidelines
Star Tribune, 12/3/20
“We cannot afford to continue these levels going into the major holiday season,” said John Hick, a Hennepin Healthcare physician who has helped coordinate the sttewide respose to the pandemic.
MICU nurse shares thoughts about working on the front lines
WCCO Radio, 12/2/20
“We want to see our families, too. But in order for us to be here for all of you, we’re not seeing our families.” – Heidi Proehl, RN, Hennepin Healthcare.
Chaplains adapt to new COVID-19 calling
Star Tribune, 12/1/20
The Rev. Andrew Jaspers walked into the hospital room of a man dying of COVID-19 with a mask over his mouth, a shield over his face and a prayer in his heart.
Maplewood barber survives transplant surgeries, COVID-19 and business closures
KSTP 5, 12/1/20
“There is really close and consistent follow-up with our transplant patients,” Dr. Paul Stahler, with Hennepin Healthcare, said.
Home COVID-19 care easing pressure on Minnesota hospitals
Star Tribune, 12/1/20
Home monitoring is “making space” for patients who need hospital beds the most and getting people into ER care faster when needed, said Natalie Ikeman, a physician assistant and coordinator of the Hennepin program.
Man receives kidney from a friend who “never had a doubt” she would be a match
The Catholic Spirit, 11/30/20
HCMC’s transplant coordinator, Jennifer Bodner, had been joking about how Stibal’s generosity and bravery in doing “this totally altruistic act” made her a queen of sorts. One of Stibal’s friends overheard the remark and decided to bring a tiara to the hospital for Stibal to don as she prepared for surgery.
Minnesota hospitals fight to improve odds in COVID-19 ICUs
Star Tribune, 11/29/20
Hennepin County Medical Center was an early user of the steroid dexamethasone to combat the immune system’s sometimes fatal overreaction to infection, and its hunch was verified by a British study showing that the drug reduced COVID-19 mortality.
The steroid is perhaps the most surefire option ICUs have right now, said Dr. James Leatherman, an HCMC critical care physician.
Healthcare workers find thanks, hope for better days this Thanksgiving
FOX 9, 11/26/20
“We are picking up a lot of extra hours, especially the healthy staff,” said Registered Nurse at Hennepin Healthcare Jennifer Karkoc. “My co-workers are the best and I count on them every day to get through this shift.”
Minnesota under new restrictions as cases, hospitalizations surge
“We see entire families who can’t isolate from each other that are getting sick,” said Dr. Shirlee Xie, Hennepin Healthcare.
Ice Bucket Challenge co-creator dies, Minnesotans hopeful of new research
KSTP 5, 11/23/20
“I think we’re really close to some breakthroughs for some people with ALS, it’s a complex disease,” said Dr. Sam Maiser of Hennepin Healthcare’s ALS Center of Excellence in Minneapolis.
Health care workers feel squeezed by surge of COVID-19 cases
MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Dr. David Hilden, vice president of medical affairs at Hennepin Healthcare about the stress this surge is putting on health care workers
Hospitals turn to “virtual visiting” as COVID spreads
WCCO Radio, 11/19/20
As doctors, we’re not just healing the body, we’re healing the mind as well,” said Dr. Deepti Pandita, Chief Health Information Officer for Hennepin Healthcare. “This is one way where we can heal the mind, because family connections are so important.”
Looming COVID restriction have many Minnesota gyms on the ropes
WCCO 4, 11/18/20
Hennepin Healthcare psychologist Dr. Talee Vang says not having access to gyms during a cold wintry month means it’s especially important to work activity into your day to ward off depression and weight gain. Twenty minutes, three times a week can improve your mood.
Rise in at-home injuries amid distance learning
FOX 9, 11/18/20
“Definitely we are seeing more kids coming in either into physician offices or the emergency room,” said Julie Philbrook, a nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center.
What to do if someone in your home has been exposed to COVID
WCCO 4, 11/17/20
Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn with Hennepin Healthcare says if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested immediately. However, if you’ve been possibly exposed, schedule a test for five to seven days after the exposure.
Live updates: Minnesotans whose lives were impacted by COVID-19 share their stories
KARE 11, 11/17/20
Dr. Jon Cole from Hennepin Healthcare said he cancelled travel plans as the pandemic continued to hit. Five days after cancelling, he and his wife developed COVID-19 symptoms and spread it to their children. Cole describes the sickness as a “horrible experience.” He said he probably has helped more people by staying home and not going on a trip will having COVID-19 than he has currently while having the privilege of working as a doctor.
Golden Valley Clinic shares how it monitors COVID-19 patients recovering at home
CCX Media, 11/17/20
“With COVID-19, there’s something called silent hypoxia, and that’s where your oxygen level can drop very quickly without you even realizing it, and so have that machine at home allows you to catch that before it happens,” explained Natalie Ikeman, Hennepin Healthcare Physician Assistant. She’s also the Director of the COVID-19 Home Monitoring Program.
Next Step program aims to help gun violence victims avoid retaliation
WCCO 4, 11/17/20
“Anybody who gets hurt, their first thought is to get revenge somehow or some way, and that was my first thought. It was in my mind at the time,” Morgan said.
But someone interrupted those thoughts, a stranger who approached him in the hospital, a lifelong educator named Larry Burgess. He told WCCO how he stops people from retaliating: “Showing them love, showing them another way.”
Burgess is part of a cutting-edge violence prevention program which is a joint effort by the city of Minneapolis, HCMC and North Memorial called Next Step.
Long-term care facilities to be among first to receive COVID-19 vaccine
FOX 9, 11/16/20
“If we could give it to everyone at the same time that would be great, but that’s a lot to coordinate very quickly,” said Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke and infectious disease specialist at Hennepin Healthcare.
At-home child injuries on the rise during pandemic
KARE 11, 11/16/20
This year, more kids are at home due to distance learning. Julie Philbrook, a trauma prevention specialist for Hennepin Healthcare, said they are seeing a rise in preventable home injuries.
As hospitals fill, staffing becomes biggest challenge
At Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, spokesperson Christine Hill said the hospital is asking staff who have been exposed to the virus to return to work before the end of their quarantine if they work in areas experiencing a staffing crisis.
“Nurses at Hennepin Healthcare have developed a process to test staff at seven days after a high-risk exposure,” Hill said. “Only if the test is negative can they return to work, adhering strictly to required precautions.” She said the process allows staff to return to work early, but doesn’t require it. The move is a voluntary one, she said.
Minnesota in “desperate and dangerous place” with COVID-19
Star Tribune, 11/15/20
Doctors are troubled by the current spike in cases because it often takes weeks for patients to develop serious disease, said Dr. Matthew Prekker, an emergency and critical care specialist at Hennepin Healthcare.
Hennepin Healthcare doctor gives update on ICU bed situation amid pandemic
Fox 9, 11/8/20
Our volumes are up, our ICUs are busy, our nurses, doctors and support staff are working extremely hard to take care of these patients. – Dr. Matt Prekker
With Minnesota COVID cases soaring, will state officials dial back again?
WCCO 4, 11/5/20
With Minnesota’s numbers remaining at all-time highs, will our state consider dialing things back again? WCCO spoke with Dr. David Hilden, an internal medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare.
‘Red alert’ for hospital ICU beds in Twin Cities amid COVID-19 surge
Star Tribune, 11/4/20
“This is not a drill,” said Dr. John Hick, an HCMC physician who is coordinating the collaborative response by Minnesota hospitals. He encouraged public mask-wearing and social distancing to slow viral spread and reduce pressure on hospitals.
With Minnesota Breaking Daily COVID Records, Are Hospitals Ready?
WCCO 4, 10/29/20
Dr. Haylee Veazey, who works in emergency and primary care for Hennepin Healthcare, says the numbers are scary. Malcolm called them alarming. Veazey says more sick patients are coming into the hospital now than earlier this year.
Physicians urging people to double down on COVID-19 safety precautions
KARE 11, 10/26/20
“If this continues on this trend, those numbers could be staggering,” says Dr. Andrew Laudenbach with Hennepin Healthcare.
Walz calls on Minnesotans to hold the line on COVID-19
Star Tribune, 10/26/20
Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and other safety-net hospitals around the country joined in calls for increased public compliance. Dr. James Miner, HCMC’s chief of emergency medicine, said he can see the gradual erosion of compliance that occurs at sporting events and other activities.
“Each game you’re a little bit closer, you have a little bit longer conversations, the masks start to come off,” Miner said.
Gov. Walz urges vigilance as COVID cases soar; Feds sending State nearly 1.7M rapid tests
WCCO 4, 10/26/20
As an Emergency Physician at Hennepin Healthcare, Dr. Andrew Laudenbach is urging people to consider those impacts as critical patients will sometimes take weeks to recover.
“One patient being admitted to the hospital with COVID in a way takes up as many places in the hospital as a few patients being admitted for something else,” Dr. Laudenbach said.
MDH COVID-19 briefing: Walz, health official urge Minnesotans to follow guidelines, talk holidays, possible interactions
KSTP 5, 10/26/20
ER doctor James Miner has treated hundreds of COVID patients and says he’s proof that simple precautions can be effective.
As flu season nears, Hennepin Healthcare doctors renew call for action
Fox 9, 10/26/20
“We want to make sure that people aren’t complacent, that they stay vigilant,” said Dr. Andrew Laudenbach. “That they keep wearing masks, they do their best to avoid large gatherings.”
Shorter days, onset of winter weather signal difficult season for mental health
KSTP 5, 10/25/20
“This is such an important topic this year, especially because a lot of the coping skills that we’re used to, especially being with family during the holidays, it’s going to be a challenge for many of us,” Dr. Talee Vang with Hennepin Health Care said.
Doctors warn some hand sanitizers can be toxic to children
WCCO 4, 10/23/20
“We encourage the use of hand sanitizer,” Dr. Jon Cole, an HCMC ER physician who runs the poison control center, said.
2,297 new COVID-19 cases set daily record in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 10/16/20
“Bed capacity is not our challenge in Minnesota, it is keeping our hospitals and health care systems staffed,” said Jennifer DeCubellis, chief executive at Minneapolis-based Hennepin Healthcare.
Minnesotans share with Gov. Tim Walz how COViD has altered their lives
Star Tribune, 10/7/20
Dr. Jon Cole, an ER physician at HCMC, suffered an infection early in the pandemic along with his wife and said it was challenging to get through it while caring for their four children, who also were infected.
“I’ve never felt so short of breath in my life,” said Cole, who spoke at the governor’s roundtable.
Trump tests Covid positive, hospitalized at Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution”
WCCO 4, 10/2/20
Dr. John Hick says the risk of severe COVID-19 disease for anyone Trump’s age is high.
President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis serves as reminder to take virus seriously, MN doctor says
WCCO 4, 10/2/20
“Hopefully it does bring light to the fact that this is a disease that is still present and unfortunately growing in some cases,” said Dr. Kate Hust.
Hust, who works at Hennepin Healthcare, has been treating COVID-19 patients since the initial outbreak. And even though the symptoms haven’t changed much, the age of those getting COVID-19 has expanded.
Minnesota doctor speaks on news trends in COVID-19 spread
WCCO 4/MSN, 10/2/20
John Lauritsen spoke to Dr. Kate Hust from Hennepin Healthcare about the trends in virus spread following the President’s announcement he has COVID-19.
Five common flu shot misconceptions, debunked
Mpls/StPaul Magazine, 10/2/20
According to Hennepin Healthcare Clinical Supervisor Nan Lomen, RN, there have been 12,000-61,000 deaths annually since 2010.
“You might be thinking, ‘The flu is not as deadly as smallpox or our current pandemic,’” says Lomen. “You would be right, but influenza and COVID-19 are illnesses that can cause severe illness and even death.”
Heroes of the pandemic: First responders leap in despite the unknown
Star Tribune, 9/24/20
As COVID-19 spread globally in March, Dr. Deepti Pandita lost sleep knowing the inevitable next steps. To keep patients safe, Hennepin Healthcare would need to quickly shut down elective clinic operations, cutting off vulnerable patients from essential medical care and equally valuable human touch.
HCMC Physician: “We’re all pleased with the access we have to COVID testing now”
Southwest Journal, 9/23/20
Matthew Prekker, critical care physician, Hennepin County Medical Center: Things during the workday now feel a bit more like the normal conditions that we remember from 2019. This coronavirus is still everywhere and we still assume everyone we meet has it in the hospital and we’re still seeing a lot of folks come in with viral infections.
Study finds screen time has skyrocketed for some kids during the pandemic
WCCO 4, 9/22/20
Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian says there is a difference between recreational screen time and interactive.
CDC issues Halloween guidance, discourages traditional trick-or-treating
KARE 11, 9/22/20
Dr. Stacene Maroushek said staying outdoors is a safer way to celebrate Hallloween.
Minnesota doctor with COVID-19 spends 106 days in own hospital
Fox 9, 9/15/20
Dr. Nyan Pyae thought he was going to the hospital, getting some oxygen and coming back home. What resulted, however, is one of the longest hospital stays for a COVID-19 patient in Minnesota at 106 days.
Minnesota doctor survives 100-plus day COVID battle
Star Tribune, 9/14/20
Dr. Nyan Pyae said he is appreciating life and will never forget what the HCMC caregivers did: “Without them, I would have been gone. I’m very grateful.”
COVID widens racial gap in Minnesota’s health care system
Star Tribune, 9/13/20
Dr. Deepti Pandita, a physician at Hennepin Healthcare who has worked to address health disparities, said a community-needs survey and anecdotal evidence quickly showed problems: People in some cultures can’t use a camera; others were concerned about having their faces recorded.
Minnesota’s broad COVID-19 testing under microscope
Star Tribune, 9/12/20
Doctors don’t receive cycle thresholds with positive test results but can call labs to discuss how the data could affect complex cases, said Dr. Glen Hansen, medical director for clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostics at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.
Promising COVID-19 vaccine trials put on hold, more than 1,000 Minnesota patients already enrolled
KARE 11, 9/9/20
“It could still move forward, they just have to sort out what the actual issue was,” Dr. Stacene Maroushek says.
Why COVID-19 isn’t the only cause listed in CDC’s death numbers
KARE 11, 8/31/20
Dr. David Hilden, who serves as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Hennepin Healthcare, explained why so many people are misinterpreting what this new report is truly all about.
Some perplexed by CDC guidelines, seeming to shift to less COVID-19 testing
WCCO 4, 8/26/20
“A lot of us are surprised. It just sort of happened and came out of the blue,” Hennepin Healthcare physician, Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, said.
New study suggests children may be COVID-19 “super spreaders” despite showing little to no symptoms
KARE 11, 8/20/20
“It’s unfortunately, a bit of a perfect storm,” Dr. Stacene Maroushek says. Maroushek is a pediatric infectious disease expert at Hennepin Healthcare.
University of Minnesota launches stem cell trial against severe COVID-19
Star Tribune, 8/14/20
“It’s very much not ready for clinical implementation and clinical use,” said Dr. Jason Baker, a Hennepin Health doctor who is part of the NIH review team. “There is potential, but it very much needs to be proven.”
St. Hubert Catholic Church collects thousands of items for those in need
SW News Media, 8/10/20
“Our food bank closet was nearly empty,” said Ryan Erdmier, East Lake Clinic Manager. “When Firefighters for Healing called with the news of their community’s collection — it was great news. We serve many patients in need of these very basic essentials.”
UnitedHealth Group studies COVID-19 risks with sickle cell
Star Tribune, 8/9/20
A study on potential COVID-19 risks with sickle cell trait is needed, said Dr. Douglas Rausch, division director for hematology/oncology at Hennepin Healthcare. Rausch pointed to a report from a medical journal in June that also speculated on a connection between carrying the trait and suffering serious illness from the coronavirus.
Why it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot this season
KARE 11, 8/6/20
“We don’t want to burden the healthcare system that’s already really stretched to its limit,” said Nan Lomen, clinical supervisor of Worksite Wellness at Hennepin Healthcare.
Mayo’s plasma program shows first signs of COVID-19 benefit
Star Tribune, 8/6/20
“We’re all kind of waiting for more standard products to come out where you know how much antibody that someone is getting,” said Dr. Anne Frosch, who is leading HCMC’s COVID-19 convalescent plasma program.
Relief from administrative burdens must remain after pandemic ends
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs, “Practice and Policy Reset Post-COVID-19: Reversion, Transition or Transformation?” was written by Christine Sinsky, MD, vice president of professional satisfaction at the AMA, and AMA member Mark Linzer, MD, director of the Institute for Professional Work Life at Hennepin Healthcare and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Health and economy experts worry about long-term impact of COVID-19 fight
KARE 11, 8/3/20
“We really have to be thinking marathon, not a sprint,” Hennepin Healthcare pediatrician Dr. Stacene Maroushek says.
Mobile vaccine clinic meets patients at home during pandemic
Fox 9, 7/30/20
Hennepin Healthcare is hitting the road to make vaccination appointments easy and accessible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The last thing we need right now is an outbreak of measles or whooping cough,” said Dr. Dawn Martin.
These mothers are fighting for their families by occupying vacant homes
Rewire News, 7/30/20
Housing functions as an “anchor that families require to build security in terms of shelter, food, education, childcare, and employment,” Dr. Diana Cutts, a pediatrician and co-lead principal investigator for the research group Children’s HealthWatch, told Rewire.News.
With Walz’s Decision On School Looming, Local Pediatrician Weighs In On COVID-19 Child Impacts
WCCO 4, 7/29/20
Doctor Krishnan Subrahmanian is a pediatrician at Hennepin Health Care.
“We’ve actually found that asthma may not be the biggest concern but there are kids who have immunocompromised status and those kids we do worry about,” Dr. Subrahmanian said.
Fifth annual Dawson Strong ride is Saturday
Originally postponed from the third week of June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will raise money for the HCMC Extraordinary Kids fund, which helps provide a “child and family-centered environment,” according to HCMC.
To mask or not to mask while working out
KARE 11, 7/29/20
“If you’re going to way it out between getting COVID-19 or exercising try to choose a place where you can exercise without being around people so you don’t get COVID-19,” said Physician Assistant Natalie Ikeman, with Hennepin Healthcare.
Months into pandemic, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death rate still elusive
Star Tribune, 7/27/20
Hennepin Healthcare contributed findings from 150 patients to a national study looking at recovery rates after COVID-19 symptoms emerged. Published by the CDC on Friday, the study showed that 35% of patients who received only outpatient treatment had not returned to usual health two to three weeks after they were diagnosed. Among patients ages 18 to 34, about one-fifth still reported problems.
Top Doctors Special Report: Pivoting in a Pandemic
Mpls StPaul Magazine, 7/22/20
“One of our biggest goals is to keep COVID-19 patients separated from trauma patients,” Dr. Rob Reardon, ER doctor at HCMC, says.
HCMC physician: “We’re capable of testing up to 2,000 patients a day”
Southwest Journal, 7/20/20
What still gives me pause with things reopening is that there are still very sick patients with COVID being admitted every week. Matthew Prekker, critical care physician, Hennepin County Medical Center
Is it heat exhaustion or COVID-19? Doctors explain the difference
KARE 11, 7/17/20
While the heat can affect us in many ways, Dr. Haylee Veazey says excessive heat won’t typically cause respiratory issues like a dry cough; that would be something else, possibly COVID-19.
Minnesota Poison Control warns of rise in methanol exposure cases from hand sanitizers
KARE 11, 7/17/20
“The FDA has seen a drastic increase in hand sanitizer products labeled as containing ethanol – but they are actually testing positive for methanol contamination,” explains Hennepin Healthcare emergency physician Dr. Travis Olives.
Minnesotans warned of dangers of methanol in hand sanitizers
Star Tribune, 7/18/20
Minnesota health officials are warning the public about the danger of methanol — wood alcohol — in some hand sanitizers, following a similar caution from the Food and Drug Administration.
Bars, cabin gatherings linked to surge in COVID-19 cases in 20-year-olds
CCX Media, 7/11/20
The novel coronavirus outbreak has an increasing grip on young adults. Natalie Ikeman, a physician assistant with Hennepin Healthcare, said COVID-19 cases are trending upward among adults in their 20s and 30s.
Minnesota remains at risk from COVID-19, pandemic highlights inequity
Insight News, 7/10/20
While racial inequalities have persisted for decades, the pandemic has brought them into stark relief and emphasized that “we are only healthy in Minnesota, when everybody in Minnesota is healthy,” said Jennifer DeCubellis, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System.
Addressing employee mental health during COVID-10
Twin Cities Business Magazine, 7/10/20
Hennepin Healthcare’s Worksite Wellness program has pivoted to offering virtual resources, said Nanette Lomen, a registered nurse and clinical supervisor.
East Lake Clinic damaged in Minneapolis riots sets up pop-up clinic on bus
Fox 9, 7/9/20
“It is nice to be back and I think it gives people a lot of hope, ya know?” said Dr. Ndidiamaka Koka, the medical director of the East Lake Clinic. “They can see familiar faces and people that have been through other things in their lives.”
Former CMS head Slavitt: Minnesota can have its economy back – if it stays “hyper-vigilant”
The committee also heard some statistics from the head of Hennepin Healthcare System on racial disparities in the impact of the virus. Chief Executive Officer Jennifer DeCubellis said that the system has done 30,000 COVID-19 tests with 4,300 of those positive tests. Of those testing positive, half are in non-English speaking people, 42 percent are from the Latinx community with Latinx people representing 28 percent of the hospitalizations.
Minnesota remains at risk from COVID-19, as pandemic highlights inequity
Minnesota Legislature, 7/9/20
While racial inequalities have persisted for decades, the pandemic has brought them into stark relief and emphasized that “we are only healthy in Minnesota, when everybody in Minnesota is healthy,” said Jennifer DeCubellis, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System.
Number of people seeking help in therapy increasing as Floyd death unrest, COVID uncertainty take toll
WCCO Radio, 7/8/20
“There are so many more cases of depression, anxiety, and trauma related to everything that’s going on with COVID-19 and a lot of the civil unrest,” Dr. Talee Vang, senior clinical psychologist in primary care behavioral health at Hennepin Healthcare, said.
Wellness Wednesday: Reducing stress for better health
Dr. Kara Parker from Whittier Clinic joined MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about the mental and physical impacts of stress and how to reduce it for better health.
Lt. Gov. Announce $56.6M Proposal To Help Child Care Centers During
WCCO 4, 7/7/20
Dr. Stacene Maroushek said children with underlying health conditions or under the age of one are more at risk.
Swimming safety this Fourth of July weekend
KARE 11, 7/2/20
Dr. Jim Miner, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare, says if you can’t see your feet when you’re up to your knees, you should not swim in that water. That’s because the algae blooms that make the water so dark and green can cause skin rashes and irritation, and give people flu-like symptoms.
Hospital chaplains grapple with COVID-19’s “Tsunami” of grief
Huffington Post, 6/23/20
Chaplain Nicole Smith: I have to wear a mask and goggles. It usually lets down patients’ guard to see my face, a friendly face, a smile. I usually come in with a cheerful voice. Now my voice is muffled and people have to ask, “What did you just say?” I’m not even sure they can see my eyes. I hope my eyes are smiling.
Hennepin County’s star administrator off to challenging start leading massive Hennepin Healthcare
Star Tribune, 6/22/20
Jennifer DeCubellis had been CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, the sprawling system that operates the county’s flagship trauma hospital and clinics, for two weeks when COVID-19 upended her transition plans.
New Minnesota data shows even wider racial gap in COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths
Star Tribune, 6/22/20
While social factors lead to health disparities, hospitals are working hard to make sure they aren’t reinforced by the care they provide with COVID-19 patients, said Syl Jones, equity and inclusion director at Hennepin Healthcare.
Planning a road trip this summer? Here’s how to stay safe from the virus
KARE 11, 6/19/20
Hennepin Healthcare Trauma Prevention Specialist Julie Philbrook says planning your road trip ahead of time is more important than ever.
U.K. study backs HCMC’s bullish use of dexamethasone for COVID-19
Star Tribune, 6/17/20
HCMC intensivists have been using the drug for treatment of severe COVID-19 cases almost from the start of the pandemic.
COVID-19 fears keep millions of Americans from seeking hospital care
Star Tribune, 6/15/20
“That is just a stunning number that suggests a lot of people are not seeking care for things they should be seeking care for,” said Dr. John Hick, a state adviser on COVID-19 and an emergency medicine doctor at Hennepin Healthcare, where emergency visits were 43% lower than normal in April.
HCMC physician: After months of low volumes, trauma center was “back to business” during protests
Southwest Journal, 6/11/20
Matthew Prekker, critical care physician, Hennepin County Medical Center: What we see in the hospital has lagged a bit behind what’s going on in people’s homes in the community. We’ve been watching case numbers closely and have seen an unexpected plateau, or even the start of a decrease, in Minnesota, though we’re not feeling that drop yet in the hospital. We’re very busy and still have a lot of people who need critical care.
Minnesota Department of Health holds free testing for people who attended protests
KARE 11, 6/9/20
“Over the last two days we’ve seen 200 plus patients,” said Dr. Anne Hust with Hennepin Healthcare.
As Minneapolis clinics repair and rebuild after protests, doctors say unrest shows “people’s voices were unheard”
Fierce Healthcare, 6/9/20
When he saw the clinic’s destruction, administrator Tom Lyon said he felt “extremely saddened” for the community.
How to talk to your kids about racism and other difficult topics
KARE 11, 6/4/20
“Kids are feeling the stress, feeling the concern from parents and from community members. We see behavioral changes, we see nightmares and lost sleep,” Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian says.
Through his work as a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare, Subrahmanian sees kids and their parents on a daily basis.
Minneapolis hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge following protests
MedPage Today, 6/2/20
“We are already on the verge in terms of staffing and space,” said Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, MD, an infectious disease physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. “We are getting closer and closer to being overly full.”
Pandemic leads to 20% increase in overall deaths in Minnesota
Star Tribune, 5/30/20
“The organ that is attacked is your lungs,” said Dr. Roberta Meyers, a geriatrician with Hennepin Healthcare. “It is like flu but like a flu that is way worse.”
George Floyd showed no signs of life from time EMS arrived, fire department report says
Star Tribune, 5/28/2020
By the time George Floyd was en route to the hospital Monday evening, he was unresponsive and without a pulse. But for nearly an hour, first responders and ER staff refused to give up on the 46-year-old St. Louis Park man in their care. “He still had an outside chance,” said Hennepin Healthcare EMS Chief Marty Scheerer. “Even if it’s a super long shot, you’ve got to try your best.”
Minnesota ICU beds in use for COVID-19 patients reach new high
Star Tribune, 5/26/2020
“This is an expected trend,” said Jennifer DeCubellis, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, which oversees HCMC (formerly Hennepin County Medical Center). “We anticipated that social distancing would allow health systems time to get space, staff and supplies in place in order to be better prepared for higher volumes — but that the volumes would still increase, ideally at a slower and more manageable pace.”
HCMC physician: “We’re not in a crisis quite yet but we’re teetering right at that brink”
Southwest Journal, 5/22/20
Matthew Prekker, critical care physician, HCMC interviewed.
Minnesota health officials call for caution after news of Twin Cities ICU beds filling up
Star Tribune, 5/20/2020
At different times, Hennepin County Medical Center and North Memorial Health Hospital were diverting patients to other hospitals.
Planning a social gathering? Here are the dos, don’ts, and risks
Fox 9, 5/19/2020
According to Dr. David Hilden, the vice president of medical affairs at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, as long as multiple people aren’t hovering around the grill, a backyard barbecue should be safe. “If one person is cooking on the grill and the others are sitting on chairs relatively far apart, that’s a relatively low risk thing to do,” Hilden said.
Virus risk factors show who is likely to land in the hospital
Star Tribune, 5/18/20
Labored breathing and low blood-oxygen levels are what typically prompt doctors to admit COVID-19 patients, but those patients rarely have no other health concerns, said Dr. Aaron Rutzick, a Hennepin Healthcare specialist who treats COVID-19 patients and assesses their needs for hospital care.
911 operator tells motorist who wanted to die: “I’m not going to let you go”
Star Tribune, 5/12/20
Dr. Stamatis Zeris, a psychiatrist with Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, said the driver did the right thing in seeking help, and that those who have reached a mental breaking point should do the same.
Coronavirus in Minnesota: a look at which clinics are testing and how much
WCCO 4, 5/11/20
“‘I’m not feeling well, I want to make sure I can get screened here, are my symptoms can I get access to testing?’ And as every day goes by the answer to those questions slowly become yes,” Dr. Glen Hansen, medical director for microbiology & molecular diagnostic testing at Hennepin Healthcare, said.
Minnesota’s child vaccinations drop amid COVID-19 fears
Star Tribune, 5/10/20
“There certainly is concern and worry. At the same time we’ve also heard from families that really do want to make sure that their children are up to date on essential vaccines,” said Dr. Dawn Martin, a pediatrician with Hennepin Healthcare.
How Hennepin Healthcare’s Foodservice is handling COVID-19
Foodservice News, May 2020
Hennepin Healthcare regularly trains for major incidents. “We’ve trained for some nasty things, but I don’t recall training for a pandemic,” William Marks, director of food, nutrition and environmental services at Hennepin Healthcare, says.
Chaplains step up to keep Minnesota families connected, support hospital staffduring pandemic
FOX 9, 5/10/20
Especially on a day like Mother’s Day, it can be so challenging for family members who have a loved one in the hospital who they can’t visit because of COVID-19 restrictions. But, some families are lucky to rely on hospital staff members at Hennepin County Medical Center who are a guiding light through these tough times. Chaplains Medhat Yoakiem and Karna Anderson interviewed.
Minnesota’s child vaccinations drop amid COVID-19 fears
Star Tribune, 5/10/20
“There certainly is concern and worry. At the same time we’ve also heard from families that really do want to make sure that their children are up to date on essential vaccines,” said Dr. Dawn Martin, a pediatrician with Hennepin Healthcare.
Minnesota hospitals readying for “the beast” of COVID-19
Star Tribune, 5/10/20
“We’ve positioned ourselves about as best as we can,” said Dr. John Hick, a Hennepin Healthcare emergency physician who has taken on a state hospital coordinating role. “Now just don’t step on the gas too hard [on reducing social distancing)] because we can’t fall behind on this virus.”
Dr. Jon Cole got COVID-19 in early March after canceling a family vacation to avoid getting infected or spreading the virus. His wife got sick, too, though they had different symptoms. He couldn’t taste an apple — with the loss of taste proving to be a hallmark symptom in many cases.
Dr. Marc Martel and colleagues at HCMC created one solution — a translucent box with arm holes that can be placed over patients to limit the spread of germs if they cough while doctors perform aerosolizing procedures. Martel built the box himself and used PVC pipe to create a second device — a plastic hood to place over infected patients.
For Minnesota’s deaf and hard of hearing, wearing masks is another barrier to communication
Star Tribune, 5/8/20
The hectic environment of hospitals, the noise of medical equipment and the tired condition of patients only make it harder to hear and process information, said Dr. Janet Hansen, an audiologist at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).
Pediatrician shares advice on helping kids deal with emotional toll of pandemic
KARE 11, 5/8/20
Pediatrician Krishnan Subrahmanian says rituals and resilience can help with kids and their mental health.
Hennepin Healthcare expands community testing for COVID-19
Insight News, 5/7/20
“This information will help us identify where the virus is, how prevalent it is and where it’s going,” said Dr. Glen Hansen, Director of Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostic Lab.
A check-in on Minnesota and its response to the coronavirus pandemic
Kerri Miller spoke with Kris Ehresmann, the Minnesota Department of Health’s director of infectious diseases and epidemiology and Dr. David Hilden from Hennepin Healthcare about how the state has dealt with the pandemic so far and what may be down the road in addressing the
Facing unprecedented COVID-19 restrictions, Minnesota chaplains still comforting others
Hospital chaplains like Sarah Lindberg are helping patients and staff cope because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She works at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. Chaplain Nicole Smith of Hennepin Healthcare said she spends much more of her time comforting hospital staff members during the pandemic.
Minnesota ICU nurse shares sobering look at “extreme” impact of COVID-19
FOX 9, 5/6/20
“You really can’t verbally describe how extreme it is,” said Amy Scott, an ICU nurse at Hennepin Healthcare.
Coronavirus in MN: COVID-19 may be triggering Kawasaki’s Disease in children
WCCO 4, 5/5/20
“We are picking up a number of kids with COVID, but again, they have quiet symptoms. They often come in with an adult that’s a lot sicker,” Dr. Stacene Marouschek said.
Minnesota to resume elective surgeries, care next week
Star Tribune, 5/5/20
Hennepin Healthcare on Tuesday announced that it would be repurposing its capacity of 1,000 diagnostic tests per day to help identify and limit outbreaks in long-term care facilities and group homes and shelters.
Dr. Glen Hansen said more aggressive identification of these outbreaks and then testing of at-risk residents — even before they show any symptoms — could reduce the spread to other vulnerable individuals living in these facilities.
Hennepin Healthcare transforms ER to address influx of COVID-19 patients
FOX 9, 5/4/20
“This virus–and this pandemic–has changed a lot of the way we think because it’s such a contagious disease,” said Dr. Thomas Wyatt, Medical Director of the ER at Hennepin Healthcare.
Minnesotans to get two more weeks of stay-at-home, but with new flexibility
Star Tribune, 5/1/20
Supplies have been bolstered with the help of Minnesota business leaders negotiating purchases from international locations, though one large supply of masks was halted this weekend when the Chinese government nationalized a plant, said Dr. John Hick, a Hennepin Healthcare doctor who is managing the statewide healthcare coordination center.
Minnesota hospitals develop respiratory boxes to protect healthcare workers in emergency rooms
FOX 9, 4/28/20
“These boxes allow for a physical barrier that have been shown to prevent nearly 99% of the exposure that doctors have when doing this procedure [intubation],” said emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare Marc Martel.
After Trump comment, MN Poison Control caller wonders where to buy “safe” bleach to use “internally”
KARE 11, 4/26/20
“From a poison control standpoint, there is absolutely no safe way to use household cleaning products or bleaches internally,” said Dr. Jon Cole, the medical director for the Minnesota Poison Control System.
Firefighters For Healing donate to frontline medical workers
KARE 11, 4/24/20
Theses are things Dr. Michael Belzer, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, says we need now more than ever.
Emergency vehicles honor health care workers and fallen paramedic
Police cars, motorcycles, firetrucks and ambulances flooded downtown Minneapolis Thursday afternoon to honor health care workers and Hennepin County EMS paramedic Karl Meek, who died Tuesday.
COVID-19 crisis creating “perfect storm” for increase in postpartum depression
Fox 9, 4/22/20
Director of the Hennepin Healthcare Mother-Baby Program Dr. Helen Kim says she is hearing from patients who are struggling with the isolation.
Dunwoody College instructor uses tech expertise to craft “ear savers” for health care workers
KSTP 5, 4/18/20
The COVID-19 pandemic is not only having an emotional toll on our health care workers, but it can also take a physical toll — specifically from personal protective equipment. One example is strain on ears from wearing masks. Not only can they cause physical pain, but Mary Willner, a senior staff nurse with Hennepin County Medical Center, tells KSTP they can also cause headaches.
State officials expect virus to take greater toll on racial minorities
“We have essentially decades of data that tell us homelessness is worse for your health than a majority of our usual chronic conditions combined,” said Dr. Danielle Robertshaw, who has worked with homeless populations for 20 years.
Is it seasonal allergies or COVID-19?
Fox 9, 4/13/20
Most pollen starting to emerge into the air will attack a different part of the body than the virus, and Dr. John Sweet with Hennepin Healthcare says that should be a big clue.
Hennepin Healthcare launches clinical trials on remdesivir for treating COVID-19
WCCO 4, 4/12/20
Hennepin Healthcare has launched two clinical trials for a drug to see if it will help COVID-19 patients. The trials are being doing through the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.
Daily dose of sweetness: Love in the time of COVID-19
Alex Lee surprises his bride Kelsey Christiansen with a drive-by wedding reception outside Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis on Friday after their small wedding, with help from his friends and co-workers in the physical therapy department.
Hennepin Healthcare, Mayo Clinic join trial on potential coronavirus therapy remdesivir
Pioneer Press, 4/10/20
“We are proud to be a site that’s conducting research on this … treatment,” Jason Baker, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute’s primary investigator, said in a statement.
Hennepin Healthcare starts trials on antiviral drug showing promise with severe COVID-19 cases
Fox 9, 4/10/20
A drug that is showing some early success in treating severe cases of COVID-19 is now being studied in trials by Hennepin Healthcare. The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute has launched two trials to study the safety of remdesivir.
Watch a drive-by reception at HCMC
Star Tribune, 4/10/20
Alex and Kelsey Lee’s wedding plans were upended by COVID-19, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t have a wedding reception. After a small ceremony, Alex surprised Kelsey by driving by HCMC, where his co-workers planned a surprise drive-by wedding reception.
“These circumstances are rough, but there can be joy in them as well,” said Casey Byron, Alex’ co-worker who organized the event.
The wedding must go on: Drive-by reception at Hennepin Healthcare
KARE 11, 4/10/20
Alex Lee and Kelsey Christiansen had a private ceremony with a special “drive-by” reception at HCMC, where Alex works.
Checking in with Minnesota’s Healthcare Workers
Dr. Doug Brunette is the senior medical director for emergency and trauma services, and emergency department physician at Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis.
Hennepin Healthcare re-imagines virtual prenatal visits
Mpls/StPaul Magazine, 4/2/20
A fundraising appeal helmed by its OB-GYN chairwoman, Dr. Tara Gustilo, clinches thousands of dollars’ worth of medical supplies for pregnant patients.
MDH: Wearing homemade masks “not a bad idea”
KARE 11, 4/1/20
“I’m a little nervous because then people are going to be taking more of the masks away from the healthcare providers,” said Natalie Ikeman, a family physician with Hennepin Healthcare. “We want to protect our healthcare workers by keeping the resources at the hospitals and the clinics were we need them most.”
KARE 11, 3/31/20
Some people have interpreted the rule to mean that you can still get together in large groups as long as everyone is six feet away from each other. Doctors say that’s not a good idea.
“Six feet is kind of a general recommendation,” Dr. James Miner says. Miner is the chair of emergency medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center. He says the six-foot rule is only an educated guess.
CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public
KSTP 5, 3/31/20
Natalie Ikeman, a physician’s assistant at Hennepin Health Care, said masks and gloves are another layer of protection.
Minnesota must compete in chaotic global market for crucial ventilators for coronavirus
Star Tribune, 3/31/20
“We could get by without needing any extra ventilators, or we might need 10 times the number we have,” said Dr. John Hick, a Minneapolis doctor who is helping lead the state’s medical response.
Regional medical emergency planner: April could be a turning point in coronavirus point
Pioneer Press, 3/25/20
This week may be a relatively quiet in terms of hospitals fielding new cases of coronavirus, but “our anticipation is they’ll get tougher next week, and then really ramp up after that,” said Dr. John Hick, a physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Minnesota limits on crowds could last beyond Easter
Star Tribune, 3/25/20
“Early April is kind of going to be our tipping point,” said Dr. John Hick, medical director of Hennepin Healthcare and the Metro Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition that is mapping out a metro-wide response to the pandemic.
COVID-19: When is the tipping point?
FOX 9, 3/24/20
“Right now, it’s doubling in the community every five to seven days,” said Dr. John Hick, Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness for HCMC.
Is it a cold? The flu? Or coronavirus? Here’s how to tell the difference
KARE 11, 3/24/20
Being a respiratory virus, Hennepin Healthcare emergency director Dr. John Hick says the most noticeable symptoms are a fever and a dry cough.
Healthcare workers are dealing with enormous amounts of fear and stress; here’s how you can help
KARE 11, 3/18/20
Psychologist Dr. Talee Vang: “People who are helpers may not take the time to help themselves. Healthcare workers can help themselves by being open to help.”
Coronavirus and the U.S. health care system challenges
MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with a health policy researcher and a health care executive about the state of hospital preparedness and what health care providers need to care for patients. Guest Dr. David Hilden is vice president of medical affairs at Hennepin Healthcare.
Minnesota hospitals preparing for coronavirus
Star Tribune, 3/15/20
At HCMC in Minneapolis, leaders have backup plans if ventilators are all in use, such as pulling ventilator equipment off ambulances or repurposing devices that deliver anesthesia, but there are limits.
“We don’t want to get there,” said Dr. John Hick, an HCMC physician and emergency preparedness expert. “It’s really important that we do our best to try and control the spread of this disease.”
How HCMC is preparing for COVID-19 outbreak
Fox 9, 3/12/20
Health officials at Hennepin County Medical Center say the outbreak of the new coronavirus is going to put a huge burden on health care providers in the state.
HCMC doctors say COVID-19 outbreak going to put huge burden on health care providers
Fox 9, 3/12/2020
Dr. John Hick, the medical director for emergency preparedness for the Hennepin County Medical Center, said that, while we have seen pandemics before, this time is different and, despite the advantages of modern medicine, the outbreak will put a huge burden on health care providers.
Hennepin Healthcare preparing to see more coronavirus cases
KARE 11, 3/12/20
“Make no mistake, we don’t want you to panic, because the vast majority of these cases are mild, but worry enough to take precautions and take care of yourselves and take care of your family members,” said Dr. John Hick.
Coronavirus: An Almanac Special
Hennepin Healthcare’s Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke answers questions about COVID-19.
Interview: Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Center for Family Healing
WCCO 4, 2/24/20
One in seven new parents experience depression and other anxiety conditions. The Hennepin Healthcare Foundation is hoping to combat this with the addition of the Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Center for Family Healing. Dr. Talee Vang is interviewed.
Minnesota doctors are now being graded on women’s bone health
Star Tribune, 2/14/20
Digestive problems are common with bisphosphonate pills but can be addressed if patients take the pills with water and on empty stomachs. Long-term use also could result over time in bones becoming too brittle, though doctors have countered that side effect by only prescribing them in short bursts rather than in continuous doses, said Dr. Andrew Schmidt, chief of orthopedics at Hennepin Healthcare.
Worried about coronavirus? You should probably be more concerned about the flu
KARE 11, 1/29/20
“I just don’t think people appreciate the number of influenza deaths, and the number of influenza cases that we have in the hospital, because they’ve perhaps been hearing it so often. But we should be taking it as seriously, because that’s what’s here now in our community.” – Stacene Maroushek, MD.
MN Department of Health reports first child death of this flu season
KARE 11, 1/23/20
Nan Lomen, RN with Hennepin Healthcare says it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.
Smokers should quick at least 4 weeks before surgery, W.H.O. says
New York Times, 1/22/20
Many doctors say quitting is not always an easy sell. Dr. Amy Anne Lassig, a head and neck cancer surgeon at Hennepin Healthcare in Minnesota, said about half of her patients continue smoking even after their cancer diagnosis. “Some are able to quit cold turkey but for other patients, it’s such a stressful moment in their life that many feel hopeless, go in the other direction and keep smoking,” she said.
Are Minnesotans really more “Cold Hardy” than everyone else? Or are we making that up?
KARE 11, 1/22/20
“There’s nothing in our body that makes us cold hardy,” Hennepin Healthcare emergency physician Dr. Ashley Strobel says.
Good Question: How long are we contagious?
WCCO 4, 1/16/20
“It depends a little on the virus,” says Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Hennepin Healthcare.
Emergency room visits increase as Minnesotans are slipping on ice
WCCO 4, 1/13/20
“I just wasn’t expecting it that first step, it just like completely took me by surprise,” emergency room nurse Jen Herrmeyer said. She managed to get up, go back inside and get her yack tracks, to make it down the steps, sidewalk and into her car, for the slick ride to Hennepin Health Care for her shift in the ER.
“It can be dangerous falling on the ice,” emergency room doctor Stephen Smith said.
Doctor Smith says the Emergency room at Hennepin HealthCare has seen a steady flow of people with slip and fall injuries for the past few weeks.
Good Question: Why do colds feel worse at night?
WCCO 4, 1/7/20
“Gravity is really working for us during the day,” Natalie Ikeman, a physician assistant with Hennepin Healthcare, said.
Director of Hennepin Healthcare’s Mother-Baby Program focuses on the “Fourth Trimester”
Star Tribune, 1/3/20
Dr. Helen Kim doesn’t just want us to know that one in seven new mothers and one in 10 new fathers experience potentially debilitating postpartum depression. She wants us to know what help and hope look like, because she sees it every day.
Why winter storms are a busy time for emergency rooms
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, was one of the busiest days Dr. Bill Heegaard has ever seen in his years working at Hennepin Healthcare’s emergency department in Minneapolis. The ice storm that day caused lots of slips and falls, which resulted in injuries, some of them severe.
MDH reports 8th flu death in Minnesota, over 500 hospitalizations this season
KSTP 5, 1/2/20
“Last week was actually a big week for flu in Minnesota,” said Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician with Hennepin County Medical Center.
Doctors concerned after 505 Minnesotans diagnosed with flu so far this season
WCCO 4, 1/2/20
Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian of Hennepin Healthcare hospital says that’s exactly what he’s seeing sick kids and adults.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 PICU. Dr. Gavin Bart and Dominique Rodriguez also interviewed.
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
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
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.
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
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”
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
KSTP 5, 1/31/19
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”
“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.
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.
Shoveling heavy snow strains body, heart
KARE 11, 12/27/18
“There are more heart attacks in winter than any other time of the year,” Hennepin Healthcare Chief of Cardiology Dr. Brad Bart explains.
Got the flu this holiday? Here’s when it’s safe to go out
KARE 11, 12/20/18
“If you have a fever you’re still infectious,” Hennepin Healthcare Dr. David Hilden says.
Preemie graduates from HCMC after 515-day hospital stay
Star Tribune, 12/19/18
Dressed in a black cap and gown, Oliver was “graduating” from intensive hospital care at HCMC in downtown Minneapolis, marking the longest stay for a preemie at the hospital for the past 18 years.
Minnesota Moment: Preemie “graduates” after spending entire 515 days of life in NICU
KSTP 5, 12/18/18
But he is finally going home with his family. Doctors and nurses who cared for him threw a ‘graduation party’ on Tuesday.
Preemie “graduates” after spending 515 days in Minneapolis hospital
Fox 9, 12/18/18
Oliver Rodriguez-Ocampo was born on July 20, 2017. According to the hospital, staff celebrated his move from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and now the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to home with a “graduation,” which included a cap and gown, cake and refreshments.
Air quality alert issued for parts of MN
KARE 11, 12/12/18
An air quality alert has been issued for the Twin Cities and parts of central and southeast Minnesota through Thursday evening due to higher levels of fine particles. Dr. Robert Kempainen interviewed.
REM sleep behavior disorder gets a textbook: Carlos H. Schenck, MD
Sleep Review, 12/12/18
In 1982, Carlos H. Schenck, MD, evaluated his first sleep medicine patients. A staff psychiatrist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Schenck had long held an interest in neurophysiology.
Former firefighter gives back to HCMC Burn Unit
WCCO 4, 12/11/18
The organization Firefighters for Healing pulled up to HCMC hospital in four Minneapolis fire trucks with holiday gifts for burn victims.
Firefighters, volunteers deliver gifts to Burn Unit patients at Hennepin Healthcare
Fox 9, 12/11/18
Firefighters and volunteers brought a little brightness to those in the Burn Unit at Hennepin Healthcare Tuesday morning.
Esera Tuaolo sings Christmas song to ailing patients
WCCO 4, 12/11/18
The organization Firefighters for Healing pulled up to HCMC hospital in four Minneapolis fire trucks with holiday gifts for burn victims
Firefighters for Healing bring holiday cheer to HCMC Burn Center
KARE 11, 12/11/18
Every Christmas, Firefighters for Healing gives gifts to the patients of the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Center. And this Christmas, it’s letting KARE 11 Sunrise’s Alicia Lewis and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey be a part of the holiday cheer.
Bags of Smiles delivers toys and games to hospitalized kids
Fox 9, 12/9/18
Being in the hospital can be very isolating, especially for a child. Knowing this, a local family came up with a plan eight years ago to create some fun for hospital stays. What started as a small gesture has grown into a big operation to give back.
It’s a Thursday in the pediatric unit at Hennepin County Medical Center and there is a special visitor.
Good Question: Is it unhealthy to stay inside all day?
WCCO 4, 12/4/18
“It doesn’t have to be,” says Dr. Matt Syzdek, a clinical psychologist with Hennepin Healthcare.
“Your serotonin and dopamine levels get affected by not being outside and that affects depression,” says Dr. Deepti Pandita, an internal medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare.
Ask the hard questions: Family opens up about loss in hopes to save others
WCCO 4, 12/4/18
“Society teaches men it’s safe to be happy, it’s safe to be angry, that its not OK to be sad or afraid,” said Dr. Mark Lynn, childhood psychologist at Hennepin Healthcare.
How to beat burnout: 7 signs physicians should know
AMA Wire, 11/27/18
Mark Linzer, MD, director of the division of general internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, has long studied physician burnout.
“Burnout doesn’t have to be highly expensive to fix,” said Dr. Linzer, director of the HCMC Center for Patient and Provider Experience. “Preventing burnout can actually save money in the long run on recruiting and training new practice staff.”
Overshadowed by opioids, meth is back and hospitalizations surge
ABC News, 11/26/18
Because there has been so much attention on opioids, “we have not been properly keeping tabs on other substance use trends as robustly as we should,” said study author Dr. Tyler Winkelman, a physician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.
Out of prison, but struggling for health care
Star Tribune, 11/26/18
For those with a substance use disorder, the risk of death from an overdose in the two weeks after leaving prison is 10 times higher than in the general population, said Dr. Tyler Winkelman of the Minneapolis-based Hennepin Healthcare, who researches health issues in the criminal justice system.
Good Samaritan recalls saving St. Francis teen hit by car
KARE 11, 11/25/18
“They both saved my daughter’s life. Otherwise, there’s a chance she might not be here today,” said Jill Kelley, Bollmann’s mom. On Friday the families spoke to the media from Hennepin County Medical Center.
Parents of teen girls “thankful” despite tragic accident
KSTP 5, 11/23/18
Two fourteen-year-old girls their parents say “do everything together” are now fighting for their lives together. St. Francis Middle School students Kaia Bollmann and Anneliese LaMotte were severely injured in an accident late Tuesday afternoon when they were struck by a car crossing state Highway 47 near the school.
Families talk about teens hit in St. Francis
KARE 11, 11/23/18
The best friends are together at HCMC. Annie’s in serious condition, although she’s talking and hopes to be out soon. Kaia, though, has a skull fracture and brain swelling, and she isn’t awake.
Victims of St. Francis pedestrian crash recover as their parents call for changes
Fox 9, 11/23/18
The girls are recovering at HCMC and now their parents are now pushing for change at a dangerous intersection.
“Your heart just sinks”: Families of teens hit by car recall incident, push for safety measures
WCCO 4, 11/23/18
Instead of spending Thanksgiving at home, the girls remain at Hennepin Healthcare.
Opioids are in the spotlight. But meth hospitalizations are surging.
Because there has been so much attention on opioids, “we have not been properly keeping tabs on other substance use trends as robustly as we should,” said study author Dr. Tyler Winkelman, a physician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.
Is social media making us happy or miserable?
WCCO 4, 11/19/18
Inside Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic and Specialty Centers’ Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, exercise physiologist Jill Carter measured two numbers for our test: blood pressure and heart rate.
Good Question: Why are more people developing nearsightedness?
WCCO 4, 11/8/18
Dr. Seth Silbert, an ophthalmologist with Hennepin Healthcare, says a large portion of nearsightedness is due to genetics, but that can’t account for the dramatic rise in nearsightedness across the world.
Giving Back: FoodRx program embraces Food as Medicine
Star Tribune, 11/7/18
Dr. Diana Cutts, a pediatrician from Hennepin Healthcare, part of the FoodRx program, said the dilemmas poor families face are real and wrenching. She recalls readmitting to the hospital a 3-year-old boy suffering from asthma.
Vaccine for celiac disease may allow people to eat gluten again
KARE 11, 11/6/18
“If it does work it would be a game-changer for people with Celiac disease,” Hennepin Healthcare Gastroenterologist Dr. Jake Matlock says.
A village of min-houses for the poor and homeless proposed in Minneapolis
Star Tribune, 11/5/18
“We’re not putting people off in some distant corner,” said Dr. William Walsh, a surgeon and deputy chief innovation officer at Upstream Health Innovations, a team at Hennepin Healthcare that has provided input on the project. “Dignified housing has to be socially integrated housing.”
Good Question: How does soap work?
WCCO 4, 10/24/18
“Soap is important,” says Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, an infectious diseases specialist at Hennepin Healthcare.
At HCMC, doctors pursue a new way to treat opioid addiction
Star Tribune, 10/24/18
Hennepin Healthcare, one of the state’s largest hospital systems, is among a small but growing number of institutions nationwide that have begun initiating treatment for opioid addiction in the emergency room, where patients often have “hit bottom” and are more receptive to treatment.
Verify: Does the weather really affect your mood?
KARE 11, 10/9/18
Hennepin Healthcare Psychologist Talee Vang is helping us verify if the weather can actually affect how we feel.
Are hemp-derived CBD products illegal in Minnesota?
WCCO 4, 10/8/18
Minnesota Poison Control Center’s Dr. Travis Olives says this is a “buyer beware” type of situation.
A flu shot not only protects you, but everyone around you
Star Tribune, 10/5/18
I marked an anniversary last week by getting a flu shot. It has been 100 years since the pandemic of 1918, during which an estimated 50 million people worldwide — 675,000 in the United States — died from influenza. Last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu killed more than 80,000 people in the U.S. Kelly Maynard is a pediatric nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center and a part-time copy editor at the Star Tribune.
Expert warns of “micro-dosing” dangers as trend gains popularity
WCCO 4, 10/5/18
“Eventually trends from the coast do trickle down,” Dr. JoAn Laes said. As an addiction medicine doctor at Hennepin Healthcare, she’s well aware of the dangers from psychedelic drugs like LSD, mushrooms and acid.
Startup seeks to help patients make their appointments
WCCO 4, 9/27/18
“If we can move the needle just a little bit with something like Hitch Health, the rewards are palpable,” said Hitch Health CEO Dr. Chip Truwit.
These Minnesotans give healthcare a human touch
Minnesota Monthly, 9/19/18
In 2014, Minnesota playwright and journalist Syl Jones landed a prestigious Bush Fellowship, a two-year grant he used to enroll in Columbia’s Narrative Medicine program. He put its lessons into practice at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital in downtown Minneapolis.
Daily aspirin may be harmful for healthy older adults, large study finds
NBC News, 9/17/18
“We knew there would an increased risk of bleeding with aspirin, because there has always been,” said study coauthor Dr. Anne Murray, a geriatrician and epidemiologist at the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
What you need to know about your ragweed allergy
KARE 11, 8/12/18
“We’ve seen a steady rise of ragweed in the air, along with other pollens like nettle and pigweed, lamb’s quarters,” said Dr. John Sweet, division director of Allergy and Immunology at Hennepin Healthcare.
Opioid addictions among pregnant women on the rise in Minnesota
Fox 9, 8/10/18
“Every day – I mean we have many patients every day who are pregnant, who are addicted to opioids,” said Dr. Charles Reznikoff of Hennepin County Medical Center. “And in addition to that we have even more patients who have gotten through the pregnancy successfully who have had a healthy child and done well after the pregnancy.”
Blood test may be able to predict need for CT scan after a head injury
“This study demonstrates the power of a serum biomarker test to determine whether or not a CT scan will be positive, which could almost certainly enable a reduction in unnecessary imaging,” offered Uzma Samadani, M.D., PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota, Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for Traumatic Brain Injury Research, Hennepin County Medical Center.
Drug shortages affecting local hospitals and clinics
KARE 11, 7/28/18
“Things keep getting worse,” Hennepin Healthcare Pharmacy Operations Manager Brian Howard says.
At Hennepin Healthcare, they’ve experienced a shortage of nearly every drug they use with their patients, at one point or another.
Raising awareness about heart health
KARE 11, 7/23/18
Dr. Michelle Carlson, a Hennepin Healthcare cardiologist, gave KARE 11 some important reminders about heart health.
Minnesota pediatricians promote reading for young patients and their parents
Star Tribune, 7/19/18
“You can see more in that interaction about how that kid is really developing,” said Dr. Rachael Rapacz, a family medicine doctor at Hennepin Healthcare Clinic in Brooklyn Park.
Wanzek Family Foundation funds Breast Imaging Center & Infusion Area in Minneapolis
Fargo, ND: The Wanzek Family Foundation has donated to the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation in support of the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic in downtown Minneapolis. The donation funded the Wanzek Family Breast Clinic and the Jantze Haley Infusion Area, both are on the main level of the Clinics Cancer Center located at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. David Hilden: Coffee is good for you!!
WCCO Radio, 7/3/18
The Doc agrees with a new study that says you live longer if you drink more coffee.
Good Question: What happens to our skin during a sunburn?
WCCO 4, 7/2/18
“It is actually burning,” says Dr. Erin Luxenburg, a dermatologist with Hennepin Healthcare.
Building Blocks: Hennepin County Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center
Finance & Commerce, 6/15/18
The clinic’s design focuses on making health care providers more efficient and the patient experience more comfortable, said senior director Molly Jacques. Separate check-in and check-out desks near elevators reduce confusion, improve patient flow and allow patients easy access back to the underground parking once they see their doctors, she said.
Minnesota’s hospital germ fighters report progress
Star Tribune, 6/13/18
At Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, data clearly showed more infections when urinary catheters remained in patients for five or more days, but doctors and nurses worried about the consequences of removing them any earlier.
“Nobody wants to cause patient harm,” said Dr. Dan Hoody, HCMC’s chief medical quality officer.
Minneapolis first responders prepare for “major” construction detours
Fox 9, 6/7/18
“We will get to your emergency regardless of construction,” said Hennepin EMS Operations Battalion Chief Mike Trullinger.
Minnesota’s first self-training CPR kiosk unveiled
Star Tribune, 6/1/18
A new self-training kiosk at Hennepin County Medical Center seeks to train more Minnesotans so they understand CPR and don’t feel afraid if they ever need to use it.
The first public demonstration of the training kiosk came Friday from Alicia Bravo, a Hennepin ER nurse who suffered a cardiac arrest last summer while swimming across a Wisconsin lake with her father and other relatives trailing her in a boat.
A new approach to saving lives: Kiosk teaches hands-only form of CPR
A new form of CPR takes out mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and instead focuses solely on hands-only chest compression — to the beat of the Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.”
“The hands-only CPR is a relatively new approach,” said Dr. Brad Bart, the head of cardiology at Hennepin Healthcare. “They always used to teach it that you had to do the chest compressions and then you had to do the mouth resuscitation.”
Inside your Health: A quicker, more comfortable MRI experience in downtown Minneapolis
KSTP 5, 5/27/18
A new MRI machine is in place at a healthcare clinic in downtown Minneapolis. And one doctor said the machine is so much more quiet and comfortable than other MRI machines that he compares it to being in a spa.
Hennepin Healthcare offers “Compressed Sense” MRI System
Hennepin Healthcare officials say the new machine, described as “the latest in Philips ‘Compressed Sense’ MRI technology,” can detect ailments throughout the entire body. And it’s located close to where it’s needed most — next to the orthopedic center and the hospital’s cancer center.
The procedure lasted about 20 minutes. Hennepin Healthcare’s head of radiology, Dr. Chip Truwit, says that’s a lot shorter than it used to be. He said this new machine — the first of its kind in Minnesota and costing more than a million dollars — uses a new technology which speeds up the scanning process.
Son gives his dad a new kidney and new chance at life
Dairyland Peach, 5/14/18
The surgery was performed at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).
Unsettled issues at the Minnesota Legislature: Drugmakers must help pay for opioid solutions
Star Tribune, 5/11/18
Editorial submitted by CEO Jon L. Pryor addiction medicine specialist Dr. Charles Reznikoff.
Home visiting program to expand in Minneapolis
KSTP 5, 5/11/18
The Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association, part of the Hennepin Healthcare System, has 16 visiting nurses. MVNA partnered with the city of Minneapolis eight years ago.
Researchers are working on an opioid vaccine to help addicts avoid overdosing
“Ultimately, I think it can save lives. A vaccine like this could offer sort of long lasting protection,” said senior investigator at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRf) Dr. Marco Pravetoni.
New KDIGO report helps define risks, treatment approach for arrhythmias in patients with kidney disease
Healio Nephrology, 5/1/18
Nephrology News & Issues asked two members of the working group – Wolfgang Winkelmayer, MD, ScD, the Gordon A. Cain chair in nephrology and section chief of medicine-nephrology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and Charles Herzog, MD, professor of medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center/University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, to summarize the recommendations and how they might reduce the risks of sudden deaths in patients with CKD.
Heroes at 35,000 feet: Trio of medical professionals save fellow passenger on flight
Fox 9, 4/29/18
“What are the odds that a Mayo doctor, an EMT and a longtime nurse are on the same plane at the time of a medical emergency?” said Blake Tyra, the (Hennepin EMS) EMT. “Not very likely.”
Meth cuts lethal path through Minnesota
Star Tribune, 4/29/18
Overdoses on meth can lead to cardiac arrest, but users can also be exposed to “secondary traumas” associated with their activity while on the drug, said Travis Olives, an associate director at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Not long ago, when Olives was in training at HCMC, he said he could count on one hand the annual emergency room visits for meth abuse.
Vaccines to treat opioid abuse and prevent fatal overdoses
Science & Technology Research News, 4/26/18
A team of scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation at Hennepin Healthcare is developing vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl.
Minneapolis pediatrician earns CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award
Dr. Dawn L. Martin of Minneapolis has been named a 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for her dedication to promoting childhood immunization in Minnesota.
Prince death investigation: How common are counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl?
Fox 9, 4/19/18
“We’re seeing them more recently in the rise in fentanyl-related deaths,” said Dr. JoAn Laes of Hennepin County Medical Center. “What a lot of people are doing is starting their own clandestine pill operation where they are manufacturing pills.”
U of M students develop natural alternative to coffee, adderall
Fox 9, 4/16/18
HCMC Addiction Specialist Dr. Gavin Bart said Monday that while the dosage seems safe, proper rest and stress management remain better ways to improve your GPA.
“As long as it’s a pure product, it’s a safe product,” he said. “Does it work? Well, that’s a different question.”
Richfield works toward becoming a ‘dementia friendly’ city
FOX 9, 4/12/18
Dennis Thornberg was diagnosed with dementia when he was 65. His symptoms declined so fast that he lost his ability to speak, but he was still allowed to drive—until he was pulled over by a metro police officer.
“He was mumbling and they grabbed him out of the car, threw him to the ground and tazed him,” his wife Lou-Ann Thornberg said.
Minnesota medical researchers develop vaccines to treat opioid abuse
FOX 9, 4/11/18
A team of scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation at Hennepin Healthcare are developing vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids.
A “nightmare bacteria” found in the US has a Minnesota doctor’s attention
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are killers to approximately 23,000 Americans every year, but the CDC says it found 221 cases of unusually resistant superbugs – which it’s dubbing “nightmare bacteria” – in the U.S. in 2017.
“CDC’s study found several dangerous pathogens, hiding in plain sight, that can cause infections that are difficult or impossible to treat,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D.
Such cases in Minnesota have been rare, but Hennepin County Medical Center infectious disease doctor, Nick Vogenthaler, is on the lookout.
“It’s something that we definitely worry about,” he explained to BMTN. “This is not something simply isolated to the United States. This is a global public health problem.”
Roundtable: What patients say, what doctors hear
Syl Jones, a playwright and a resident fellow for narrative medicine at HCMC, also joined the roundtable. He said that the best way to make sure the doctor hears what you need them to hear is to think about your story before your visit. “Make sure you outline the thing you really are interested in, make sure you say what you want to achieve in your treatment plan, and then ask the doctor how he or she feels about that.”
Hitch Health: Automating ride-sharing to get patients to scheduled appointments
Applied Radiology, 4/4/18
Chip Truwit, MD, chief of radiology at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and emeritus professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis, co-founded Hitch Health with Susan Jepson, vice president of Upstream Health Innovations, HCMC’s innovation incubator. Dr. Truwit, also chief innovation officer of Upstream Health Innovations, has spent more than two decades focusing on ways to improve patient-centered care and physician engagement.
Emergency departments extend their reach
Athenahealth, Inc., 4/3/18
Breaking the cycle of youth violence – Gun violence is the cause of nearly 39 percent of deaths among young people in Minneapolis – and Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center, treats many of the victims.
KARE 11, 4/1/18
Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin County Medical Center said many patients don’t have a certified disability, a federal designation that is very difficult to obtain, and yet are battling chronic health issues that vary greatly from day to day.
How to avoid your allergies
KARE 11, 3/27/18
Fortunately, Dr. Sweet says there are ways to fight allergies.
“I’m allergic to everything,” said Lisa Bautista, who suffers from allergies.
And unfortunately, her problem is all too common. According to her doctor, Dr. John Sweet with Hennepin Healthcare, one in six people have allergies.
HCMC Clinic & Specialty Center renovations designed to help heal
WCCO 4, 3/27/18
Hennepin County Medical Center is known for being a level one trauma center, it’s also distinguished by its 1970s architecture. As of this week, that’s changing.
The music, the décor and the million-dollar views almost make you forget this is somewhere no one really wants to end up.
“There aren’t many occasions you come to a hospital or clinic or specialty center that are joyous occasions,” Andrew Malovrh, a physical therapist at HCMC, said.
Lawmakers consider Medicaid work requirements
KARE 11, 3/26/18
Opposition is building to possible changes in Minnesota’s Medical Assistance program. Doctors and non-profit leaders stopped by the capitol to say proposed work requirements could hurt Minnesotans’ access to health care.
“Roughly 40 percent of our patients on Medicaid would be affected by this bill,” said Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin Healthcare.
New numbers show flu season not done yet
WCCO 4, 3/26/18
Influenza B is on the rise. Dr. David Hilden from Hennepin County Medical Center says he’s dealt with daily flu hospitalizations this year, and the season is not over.
“B tends to come late in the season and it tends to be worse with children so that’s what we’re seeing now this year,” Hilden said.
Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat
KARE 11, 3/26/18
Flu expert Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin Health Care says the study was also limited to short domestic flights.
“It’s probably much more likely that you would get influenza on an 8-hour flight than a 3-hour flight,” Dr. Hilden explains.
10 projects that will change the look of the Twin Cities
Star Tribune, 3/26/18
Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center
This consolidation effort places more than two dozen far-flung clinics and practices under a single, convenient roof.
New Downtown Minneapolis Health Clinic Focuses on Flow
KSTP 5, 3/25/18
The doors to a glassy, modern new health clinic will open Monday morning in downtown Minneapolis. The Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center was built just across 8th Street from Hennepin County Medical Center. Both facilities are operated by Hennepin Healthcare, but the new clinic is about more than trauma and emergencies.
“We brought in close to a thousand patients and a thousand employees to kick the tires and go through a mock-up clinic room,” said Hennepin Healthcare CEO Dr. Jon Pryor
Hennepin Healthcare opens $225M outpatient clinic — 5 insights
Becker’s Hospital Review, 3/19/18
Minneapolis-based Hennepin Healthcare opened its $225 million Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Clinic March 17, the Minneapolis StarTribune reports.
Suffer from varicose veins?
WCCO 4, 3/19/18
Dr. Michael Hu is a vascular surgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center.
“I think the value of the research is that there is probably a stronger association between varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis than we previously thoughT,” Dr. Hu said.
Hennepin Healthcare opens new downtown clinic
Star Tribune, 3/17/18
“We’ve needed this for about 20-plus years, so it has been a long time coming,” said Dr. Jon Pryor, chief executive of Hennepin Healthcare, the new name for Hennepin County Medical Center.
HCMC rebrands as Hennepin Healthcare
Msp/StPaul Business Journal, 3/12/18
Hennepin County Medical Center has changed its name to Hennepin Healthcare, a rebranding the organization said will better promote its widening array of services.
“We provide a breadth of quality health care services in our clinics and hospital, along with medical education, research and innovation that touches almost every person in every corner of the state, but our identity as a single hospital limited consumers’ understanding of all that we offer,” said CEO Dr. Jon Pryor in a news release.
Central Minn. woman is first patient in clinical trial to help people with spinal cord injuries
Duluth News Tribune, 3/8/18
Since a sleepwalking accident 11 years ago at her Crosslake home, Kathy Allen has lived life paralyzed from the waist down. But she never gave up hope that her condition would improve one day.
After all those years, Allen recently shared groundbreaking results as the first patient in the E-STAND (Epidural Stimulation After Neurologic Damage) clinical trial.
Allen is one of three people at Hennepin County Medical Center in the trial group so far.
Star Tribune, 3/6/18
The scientific evidence that it works against the flu is not a slam dunk, according to Dr. David Hilden, an internal medicine physician at HCMC.
HCMC prints 3-D implant to repair fractured skull bone
Star Tribune, 3/3/18
Hennepin County Medical Center has marked a new era in medicine: One in which 3-D printers are used not just for anatomical models and surgical practice, but to create real implants in real patients.
And it came just in time for construction worker Justin Siltala, who was injured last fall when a shovel handle snapped, driving a long wooden shard through his eye socket and into his brain.
With Siltala’s case and a handful of others, the Minneapolis hospital has become one of the first in the United States to use a Swedish technology known as OssDsign to create craniofacial bone replacements made of calcium phosphate and 3D-printed titanium that fit precisely in patients.
The shard “stuck into his brain by a good 4 or 5 inches,” said Dr. Uzma Samadani, the HCMC neurosurgeon who operated on Siltala. “It was really deep in there, and it broke the bone in two different places.”
Meth seizures up 281 percent as opioids steal spotlight
Fox 9, 3/1/18
“In 2007 or so there was a transformation in the way Mexican drug cartels manufacture,” said Dr. Tyler Winkelman of Hennepin County Medical Center. “So they were able to double production without sacrificing quantity.”
How do you measure pain?
MPR News Host Marianne Combs spoke with two guests about the psychology of pain: Dr. Charles Reznikoff, an addiction specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center, and Dominik Mischkowski, visiting assistant professor in Psychology at Ohio University.
Kidney donor, recipient with unique connection
KARE 11, 2/18/18
The day before Valentine’s Day, a kidney donor and recipient walked into the Hennepin County Medical Center to meet with their doctors.
On that same day 55 years ago, doctors at HCMC performed the first ever organ transplant in the Midwest.
Inside Your Health: A hopeful accident recovery tale
KSTP 5, 2/18/18
A little girl who survived an awful accident in an elevator in Alexandria is thriving now. KSTP medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou has a look at how the girl’s doctors aided her recovery starting at day one.
Minnesota pursues opioid solutions while Trump administration dithers
Star Tribune Editorial Board, 2/16/18
This month, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and UCare, a Minnesota health plan, announced an innovative partnership. Among its chief aims: treating opioid addicts sooner with anti-addiction medication and helping patients more reliably connect with follow-up treatment.
Blood test for concussions receives FDA approval
KARE 11, 2/16/18
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new blood test for concussions and head injuries this week.
Traditionally these injuries were diagnosed using a variety of other tests and tools, such as CT scans, cognitive tests and physical examinations.
The new test however, focuses on the patient’s blood, and looks for two unique proteins that can be found in high numbers after a traumatic brain injury.
“When your brain gets damaged, the neurons leak proteins. Those proteins cross the brain barrier and get into the blood stream and you can detect them,” HCMC Neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani explains.
HCMC calls new CPR system “game changer” for cardiac arrest
KSTP 5, 2/12/18
Hennepin County Medical Center is the first hospital in the country to use new CPR technology that greatly improves outcomes after cardiac arrest. It’s called the ResQCPR system.
“We know this device is better than standard CPR,” said Dr. Johanna Moore from the HCMC Department of Emergency Medicine.
How to avoid 2nd case of the flu
WCCO 4, 2/12/18
“This year is the worst flu season I’ve seen in nearly a decade,” Dr. David Hilden, an Internal Medicine physician at Hennepin County Medical Center said.
How can you lower your blood pressure?
WCCO 4, 2/12/18
“I was like no, no, it’ll go down! It’ll go down! Don’t worry, it’ll go down,” said Michelle Davenport.
For some people, when blood pressure goes up, so does denial. Sadly for Michelle, it was tragedy that put a common health problem into perspective.
“I lost my dad to a heart attack. I lost my baby brother Jason to a heart attack. He just was 35 years old, he just died May of 2016,” said Michelle.
HCMC doctors changing the way we treat frostbite
KARE 11, 2/9/18
“We get calls pretty much every night asking for, at least advice, if not a transfer of a patient,” Dr. Ryan Fey says.
Fey and his colleagues are putting out some of the most revolutionary frostbite research in the field.
How do you know if you’ve got the flu?
“In my memory, it’s the worst since the 2009-10 year, which was that awful year that we called it the ‘Swine flu,'” Hennepin County Medical Center’s internal medicine physician, Dr. David Hilden, told GoMN. “Easily the worst one in six, seven, eight years.”
Minnesota hospitals — surprise — have made new discoveries on frostbite
Star Tribune, 2/8/18
“The clock starts when they start to thaw out,” said Dr. Ryan Fey, director of the burn program at HCMC. “We want to restore the blood flow so there is at least a chance that those areas can heal.”
HCMC is also using its state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber, which provides oxygen to the patient in a controlled-pressure environment, to see if it can restore damaged tissue, as some skin treatments for diabetics do already.
13th Annual Extremity War Injuries (EWI) and Hill Visits
AAOS Advocacy Now, 2/6/18
The 13th annual EWI symposium is the latest installment in the anual symposium series, which has served to define current knowledge and identify areas for future research regarding the management of extremity trauma for NIH, Congress, the Department of Defense, orthopaedic surgeons, researchers, industry, and other relevant government agencies since 2006. In addition to the symposium, Drs. Andrew Pollak, Robert O’Toole and Andrew Schmidt met with staff of senior appropriations members on January 24th to discuss defense health appropriations for FY2019.
Blown Away: The perils of compressed air
Fox 9, 2/5/18
Dr. Travis Olives is with HCMC’s Poison Control Center, where they get about 300 calls a year about inhalants.
“The classic description is a young person using inhalant – whether keyboard cleaner of something else – that’s caught in the act by mom and dad, and has a sudden rush of adrenaline which causes an arrhythmia and that can be fatal,” Olives told the Fox 9 Investigators.
How Minneapolis hospitals are preparing for Super Bowl LIIFrostbite danger real for Super Bowl crowds
KARE 11, 2/2/18
“In these conditions, it can take only 20 to 30 minutes for frostbite to set in,” Dr. Jon Gayken, a burn and trauma surgeon at HCMC, told KARE.
Becker’s Hospital Review, 2/2/18
Preparation efforts began about a year and a half ago between all 32 metro area hospitals, the City of Minneapolis, emergency medical services, local public health, local emergency management and other healthcare facilities, according to Mark Lappe, emergency manager at Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center. He says planning has primarily focused on emergency rooms and the potential for any patient surge situations.
Experts warn of cold weather dangers ahead of Super Bowl
WCCO 4, 2/2/18
As out-of-towners continue to flood the Twin Cities for Super Bowl festivities, Hennepin County Medical Center is warning of the dangers of frost bite.
In town for the Super Bowl? Bundle up, avoid frostbite
WCCO 4, 2/1/18
As they enjoy the bright lights and frigid temps, Hennepin County Medical Center is actually worried out-of-towners could get frostbite if they’re not careful.
“Our concern is a bunch of folks from warmer climates come in and suffer injury due to the cold,” said Dr. Ryan Fey.
With onset of cold, host committee weighs safety vs. fun for outdoor events
KSTP 5, 1/31/18
John Hick is not looking forward to a cold snap. “It’s definitely something that is not an issue for most Super Bowl cities,” said Hick, with Hennepin County Medical Center.
Doctor warns of frostbite risk ahead of Super Bowl
WCCO 4, 1/30/18
“Our concern is a bunch of folks from warmer climes that come in and suffer injury related to the cold,” said Dr. Ryan Fey, from Hennepin County Medical Center’s burn unit.
Hospital sets up 1st mobile emergency unit in US to address flu epidemic
ABC World News, 1/29/18
Dr. David Hilden from Hennepin County Medical Center interviewed.
America’s most popular sport, football, takes on its toughest foe, brain trauma
Star Tribune, 1/29/18
Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon and parent to a high school football player, is more concerned with brain trauma and its myriad effects than CTE, which is a “very, very confusing condition,” she said.
Large glass work goes up at new Hennepin County Medical Center building
Star Tribune, 1/27/18
A four-story glass artwork has been installed in the entrance of the Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) new Clinic and Specialty Center, across from HCMC’s emergency department in downtown Minneapolis.
“Patients, families, visitors and staff will enter a space that embraces healing and wellness, with this magnificent sculpture at the heart of it all,” said Wenda Lyons Ballinger, HCMC’s arts coordinator, in a written statement.
Is the current legal blood alcohol limit too high?
WCCO 4, 1/22/18
“If you have a couple of drinks back to back in short order, you will raise your blood alcohol level to 0.08,” says HCMC Emergency Physician Dr. David Plummer. “It depends on the time between them and it depends on how rapidly it’s absorbed.”
MN flu season may have peaked
KARE 11, 1/18/18
“One of the things we were thinking about when we heard the Super Bowl was coming to downtown Minneapolis is, what if we’re already full from something else?” said Dr. David Hilden, an internal medicine physician at HCMC. “And that something else this year is influenza.”
How necessary are annual physical exams?
89.3 KPCC Air Talk, 1/17/18
Doctors recommend coming into their offices for a check-up and blood work once a year… but is the cost to insurers and patients worth the benefits? Guest Dr. David Hilden, assistant chief of medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
The new HCMC clinic: From mockups to completed block
Finance & Commerce (subscription required), 1/16/18
How project team designed, built HCMC’s newest building
Do traveling football fans bring added risk for the flu?
KARE 11, 1/12/18
Dr. David Hilden is an internal medicine physician at the Hennepin County Medical Center.
How Minnesota is helping to solve the concussion epidemic through research and innovation
Huffington Post, 1/12/18
While Minneapolis is preparing to host Super Bowl 2018 in just a few short weeks, Twin Cities’ researchers are coming together to present their innovations to the public in an array of events.
NFL concussion spotter: Eye tracking could change game
KARE 11, 1/11/18
Dr. Uzma Samadani says eye tracking could seek FDA approval this year and holds promise for diagnosing concussions.
Which viruses are going around this time of year?
WCCO 4, 1/9/18
“There is a crud going around, which is winter,” said Dr. Meghan Walsh, an internal medicine physician with Hennepin County Medical Center.
HCMC is gearing up for the Super Bowl
Hennepin County Medical Center will continue operations as normal while Super Bowl LII takes over much of downtown Minneapolis, HCMC officials said Friday.
“We’re going to continue to provide the same services we provide every day including our clinic services and all the other services,” emergency manager Mark Lappe said.
Location of Hennepin County Medical Center brings challenges during Super Bowl
KSTP 5, 1/5/18
Medical care facilities are preparing in case of any emergencies during the 10 days of festivities for the Super Bowl.
But the biggest hospital in Minneapolis faces some challenges because of its location right next to U.S. Bank Stadium.
With Super Bowl road closures, HCMC develops emergency plan
WCCO 4, 1/5/18
We are less than a month away from the Super Bowl, and preparations are underway across the Twin Cities.
That includes Hennepin County Medical Center. The Level One Trauma Center is across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium.
HCMC has Super Bowl plan and, yes, Vikings could change it
KARE 11, 1/5/18
When the Super Bowl moves in across the street from a major trauma hospital, there’s a lot to consider.
“A lot of stuff keeps me up at night,” said John Hick, Associate Medical Director for HCMC EMS. “Whether that’s weather, influenza, mass casualities, traffic, other things.”
“We worry about the frostbite,” said Jon Gayken MD, a burn and trauma surgeon at HCMC. “It’s our Super Bowl. That’s essentially how I would look at it.”
Hennepin County Medical Center prepares for Super Bowl
Fox 9, 1/5/18
Just as organizers prepare for Super Bowl LII, staff at the Hennepin County Medical Center are also getting ready for the big game.
Located just across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium, the Level 1 trauma center is gearing up for what is expected to be a very busy week.
HCMC plans for downtown gridlock during Super Bowl
Star Tribune, 1/6/18
Doctors and administrators at Hennepin County Medical Center have planned and role-played any number of scenarios that could occur when the Super Bowl comes to neighboring U.S. Bank Stadium next month.
Bitter cold keeping ER doctors busy this week
KARE 11, 1/2/18
At the Hennepin County Medical Center, doctors are seeing lots of people with carbon monoxide poisoning.
“We’ve had fatalities this year,” Hyperbaric Center Director Dr. Christopher Logue says.
Road closures for Super Bowl 52 begin Tuesday
KARE 11, 1/2/18
“I think this first couple weeks, things should be pretty normal,” said HCMC Emergency Manager Mark Lappe. “There will be loss of street parking and maybe some increased congestion. So, their normal commuting is probably OK. But starting Jan. 26, we’re really encouraging our staff to do carpooling and mass transit. For our patients and our clients, we’re communicating that to them so they understand what the delays might be.”
Meet the first Twin Cities babies of 2018
WCCO 4, 1/1/18
Hennepin County Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2018 shortly before 1 a.m. Kalena Huynh Molina was born at about 12:58 a.m. Monday. She weighed about 6 pounds, 10 ounces at birth.
Hennepin County welcomes some of the first babies of 2018
Fox 9, 1/1/18
Hennepin County welcomed some of its first babies of 2018. Kalena Huynh Molina was born at 12:58 a.m., weighing 6lbs 10.3oz.
HCMC reports at least 12 frostbite cases in 48 hours
WCCO 4, 1/1/18
It was a bitterly cold weekend and some braved the extreme conditions to say goodbye to 2017 and ring in 2018.
Others spent at least part of the new year in the hospital. Hennepin County Medical Center says it has had about six cases of frostbite since Sunday and 12 or 13 over the last 48 hours. It serves as a good reminder that if you have to go outside, make sure to bundle up.
ER nurse gives back to first responders after they saved her life
15 WMTV, 12/29/17
Alicia Bravo is celebrating Christmas with her family this weekend and what is under the tree doesn’t even scratch the surface of what they’re thankful for this season.
NYE promoters, ER doctors planning for prolonged cold
KARE 11, 12/27/17
At the Hennepin County Medical Center, the Emergency Department is adding more resources to handle an anticipated surge in frostbite cases, especially on New Year’s Eve.
“The problem is, there are so many social events and some of them, people will do things like park two blocks away and sprint into the party that they’re headed for and they can sustain injury and damage just in a short interval of time,” said Dr. Dave Plummer, Assistant Director of Emergency Medicine.
KARE 11, 12/26/17
“The hospital is located closer to the stadium than any other hospital has been in Super Bowl history,” said Dr. John Hick, associate medical director of HCMC’s Emergency Medical Services.
HCMC is going green with surgery lighting
Star Tribune, 12/21/17
Green and red might be Christmas colors, but their sharp contrasts also will be important for surgeries in Hennepin County Medical Center’s new specialty treatment center.
Lighting is one of several innovations that has HCMC leaders excited over their investment, which they hope will entice more patients to see the downtown Minneapolis medical center as a place for all kinds of care — not just emergency trauma care.
“We’re phenomenal at that,” said Scott Wordelman, HCMC’s vice president of ambulatory administration, “but we’re so much more.”
HCMC firms up plans for Super Bowl week
KSTP 5, 12/11/17
“There is a plan to deal with several different situations,” said HCMC Emergency Manager Mark Lappe. Lappe explains the hospital will be fully functional and ready to respond as Super Bowl activities kick off.
Second Twin Cities TV newsperson in 3 months undergoes foot amputation
Star Tribune, 12/8/17
“This is not an end of the world type thing. It’s a new beginning,” said the morning news anchor for KSTP 5 Eyewitness News in a telephone interview Thursday while he waited to be released from the Hennepin County Medical Center.
How much trouble can Super Bowl fans get into? HCMC’s got a list
MSP Business Journal, 12/6/17
HCMC, whose main campus is just a few blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, isn’t getting to the disaster-preparation game late. Officials have been working with law enforcement agencies and their counterparts at other hospitals to prepare for threats since summer 2016, said Mark Lappe, HCMC’s emergency manager.
Dr. Wyatt new Emergency Department Director at HCMC
The Circle, 12/6/17
Dr. Thomas E. Wyatt (Loyal Shawnee and Quapaw Tribes of Oklahoma) became director of the Emergency Department at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in July. This marks the first time a Native American has headed a department at the large Minneapolis medical complex and makes him one of the few, if not the first Native American, to head emergency services for large hospitals anywhere in the country.
Aida Strom (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) serves as American Indian Patient Advocate for HCMC patients and their families.
Crash, loss of legs forced two friends to rebuild their lives — again
Star Tribune, 11/28/17
Abdisamad has had two major surgeries at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), where he was hospitalized for three weeks before returning home.
Not to be underestimated: Non-drug poisonings
RHI Hub, 11/28/17
Sandwiched between motor vehicle fatalities and fall deaths are rural deaths from poisonings. For both rural and urban areas, the leading cause of unintentional deaths from poisonings is overwhelmingly drugs of abuse, and specifically opioids. But a look into the non-drug poisoning data is also important. Emergency medicine physician and toxicologist, Dr. Travis Olives, who practices with the Minnesota Poison Control System based in Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, is no stranger to rural fatal toxic exposures since he previously practiced emergency medicine in a Wisconsin Critical Access Hospital. Olives said the most common non-drug poisoning calls to their system from rural areas fall into several main categories.
Despite major risks, Minnesota teens embracing DIY tattoos
Star Tribune, 11/28/17
“If they’re not sterilized properly, you have hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV,” said Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center and a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases.
After the bullet: HCMC helps young gun victims find their footing
Hennepin County Medical Center mental health worker Farji Shaheer listens to a patient recall being shot and taken to the hospital inside of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 17, 2017.
Sneak peek: HCMC’s new downtown $225M ambulatory care center (photos)
Mpls/St.Paul Business Journal, 11/22/17
Minneapolis-based HCMC expects the building to make care more convenient for patients, while helping the organization attract more business from downtown Minneapolis residents and office workers, said Scott Wordelman, vice president of ambulatory services for HCMC.
3-minute case study: Breaking the cycle of youth violence
“Over time, we realized we were bandaging up patients,” says Ann Eilbracht, senior director of support services for HCMC, “and sending them back into the same dangerous environment without the tools or resources to make a change.”
“They’re motivated when they see someone who cares about them, who has been there,” says Farji Shaheer, one of HCMC’s specialists, who was a victim of gang violence himself. “You have 30 seconds to assess the angle that will get a patient to respond to you and to find a true connection,” he adds. “But once you do, they can express what’s going on and open up to tools they can use to change their lives – and make sure they’re not back here again.”
Fox 9’s Courtney Godfrey healing with positivity after traumatic injury
Fox 9, 11/15/17
Emergency responders rushed Courtney to Hennepin County Medical Center. Her foot was barely hanging on and unsalvageable. But that wasn’t all. Courtney recalls the conversation she had with her surgeon the night before her procedure.
Bonfire explosion puts child in HCMC burn unit
KARE 11, 11/7/17
“It was very much a life-threatening type of injury,” said Dr. Ryan Fey, HCMC’s Burn Program Director.
8-year-old girl suffers severe burns after bonfire explosion
Fox 9, 11/7/17
Since Onna was life-flighted to HCMC’s burn unit she’s undergone 10 surgeries.
“She’s very lucky she survived,” said the director of the unit, Dr. Ryan Fey. “Rehabilitative work, reconstructive surgeries…this will be true largely until she’s done growing,” said Dr. Fey.
HCMC experiments with new ways to detect and treat brain injuries
The Brain Injury Research Lab at Hennepin County Medical Center is studying better ways to detect and treat brain injuries. MPR News host Tom Weber spoke to the lab’s leader, neurosurgeon Dr. Uzma Samadani, about her team’s latest findings.
Man falls from deer stand, breaks back, drives home for help
WCCO 4, 11/3/17
“Next thing I know, I’m falling,” he said. “Boom, boom, two seconds and I’m on the ground. If I breathed, it hurt. If I moved, it hurt. So I stayed there a while and gathered my thoughts.”
To make matters worse he didn’t have a cellphone to call for help. So Martinson crawled a painful 20 feet to his truck, pulled himself inside, and drove home in agonizing discomfort. His wife rushed him to the Hutchinson hospital before he was transferred him to Hennepin County Medical Center.
“I think he’s extremely lucky, because when the spinal column is broken in both the front and the back, many patients become paralyzed or very weak in the lower extremities,” Dr. Uzma Samadani said.
Strategies to remedy unsatisfying physician workplace conditions
Physician’s Weekly, 10/30/17
Mark Linzer, M.D., from Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and colleagues analyzed data collected from physicians and advanced practice providers in the Healthy Work Place trial at baseline and about one year later to understand how job satisfaction relates to work conditions and outcomes.
Star Tribune, 10/26/17
Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis requires all employees to participate in the vaccination program, which includes either getting a flu shot or declaring in writing the option to decline, said hospital spokeswoman Christine Hill. HCMC had a compliance rate topping 90 percent in the previous flu season.
U of M to design “super ambulances” to hasten treatment of cardiac arrest
Star Tribune, 10/25/17
The results of the super ambulance research will be interesting, said Mike Trullinger, deputy chief of operations for Hennepin EMS, but he stressed that it’s still important for the public to know initial CPR and proper chest compression techniques.
“We can bring all our advanced care,” he said, “but if nobody has done anything for five or even 10 minutes, depending on how far away we are, the patient’s chances of survival are very very low.”
Nurse helps fundraise for device that helped save her life
KSTP 5, 10/20/17
Alicia Bravo, RN partnered with Surly Brewing on Friday night to hold the CPR training event, “Pump and Pints”. Volunteers from HCMC taught those in attendance how to give CPR and how to use an AED.
Pumps and Pints event teaches CPR at a brewery
WCCO 4, 10/20/17
A Twin Cities woman, who survived a heart attack, is now giving back to the people who helped save her life.
Alicia Bravo (HCMC RN) is alive because her family gave her CPR until EMT’s arrived when she went into cardiac arrest three months ago. She hosted a party with a purpose at Surly Brewing Company Friday night.
Minnesota concussion researcher invites NFL players to join her studies
Star Tribune, 10/12/17
A leading concussion researcher at Hennepin County Medical Center is inviting NFL players who suffered head injuries and their siblings to participate in research that could yield new discoveries about the course and severity of brain trauma.
Dr. Uzma Samadani developed a unique eye-tracking system that detects concussions based on patients’ eye movements as they watch music videos, and has studied how variations in brain scans and blood tests reveal brain injuries as well.
Former NFL star, renowned neurosurgeon partner for “Super Brain 2018”
WCCO 4, 10/12/17
Former Gopher and Indianapolis Colts player Ben Utecht proudly sports a Super Bowl Ring — and he openly speaks about the multiple concussions he’s suffered, along with amnesia.
“I remember just, all vision completely going black, and it was almost like the sound of people’s voices around me became muffled like they were talking into a can,” Utecht said.
He is joining Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon at HCMC, in raising awareness about the innovative brain injury research taking place at HCMC.
Celebrating and highlighting digital health innovation in the Midwest
MedCity News, 10/11/17
HCMC’s perspective on digital health will be reflected at our conferenceThursday when Kim Wiese, vice president of Portfolio Management and Growth, will participate on a panel discussing what’s preventing the adoption of digital health.
Minnesota EMS responding to spike of synthetic marijuana overdoses in west metro
Fox 9, 10/10/17
Dr. Jon Cole oversees the Poison Control Center at HCMC and said the majority of cases have been in the west metro over the last week.
Cedar-Riverside project aims to improve health care accessibility for residents
Minnesota Daily, 10/5/17
Syl Jones, director of narrative health and medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center, will facilitate the discussions.
Jones said he will teach narrative health techniques — the idea that people can control the progression of an illness — to the project’s participants.
Designing health care’s new front door
Health Facilities Management Magazine, 10/4/17
“Between the North Loop Clinic and our main [downtown] campus, we are able to meet every health care need of downtown residents, workers and visitors,” says Scott Wordelman, FACHE, senior vice president of ambulatory care and support services at HCMC. “People can stay in one system to get the full continuum of care, all located close to where they live or work.”
Five signs of prescription drug abuse
Star Tribune, 10/3/17
The Star Tribune asked Dr. W. Michael Hooten and Dr. Charles Reznikoff, an addiction specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center, for advice on what to look for if you suspect someone you love is addicted to opioids.
Good Question: How much water should we drink?
WCCO 4, 9/19/17
“The rule of thumb is to listen to your body, if you feel thirsty, drink,” says Natalie Ikeman, a physician assistant with HCMC Golden Valley.
Is aluminum foil toxic?
KARE 11, 9/19/17
“I have seen that and I have read that on a website or two,” said Dr. Dan McCabe, a toxicology fellow at Regions Hospital and Minnesota Poison Control System.
Mother paralyzed after hammock pulls down rotted tree
WCCO 4, 9/15/17
Her attitude hasn’t changed over the last 12 days at Hennepin County Medical Center. That attitude is a big part of the reason doctors see Alyssa is already making progress, able to feel touch and praying she will make a full recovery.
Mpls joins over 100 cities in effort to quell violence
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, 9/6/17
The second project was the Next Step Hospital-Based Intervention Project, launched in July 2016. It is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to serve victims of violent injury (such as gunshot, stabbing or serious assault) ages 12-28 being treated at HCMC.
The goal of the program is to “reduce the rate of violent re-injury and re-hospitalization for youth and young adults who are victims of violent assault injuries.”
Athlete saved by device she helped raise money to buy
WCCO 4, 9/6/17
Alicia Bravo, an emergency nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center, is no stranger to cardiac arrest victims.
“We see a lot of very difficult things and we see patients who have had arrests at a young age,” Alicia said.
“Like your worst dream”: Now recovering, man recounts 75-foot fall
WCCO 4, 9/4/17
If laughter is the best medicine then the friends and family of Nicholas Edwards gladly fill the prescription as they sit next to his hospital bed at the Hennepin County Medical Center.
Man saved in St. Croix River rescue
KARE 11, 9/4/17
Edwards was flown to HCMC, a level one trauma center, where he had to be treated for bleeding in his brain and three fractured vertebrae. He also had to get 30 stitches on his face and arms.
“48 hours and I feel ecstatic,” said Edwards.
Nice Ride, HCMC join forces to offer free bike memberships to patients
Star Tribune, 9/1/17
Exercise is something that can be prescribed as a treatment for these conditions, said Amber Courtney, an occupational therapist at HCMC who specializes in mental health and who helps lead the program.
TCB Forum Highlights: 2017 CIO Forum
Twin Cities Business Magazine, 9/1/17
This year’s panelists were Jackie Hartman, vice president of information technology at Jack Link’s, a protein snacks supplier based in Minong, Wisc., with offices in Minneapolis; Anudeep Parhar, CIO of Entrust Datacard, a Shakopee-based provider of identity and secure transaction technology; Lisa Schlosser, vice president and CTO of FindLaw, part of New York City-based Thomson Reuters, which provides online legal information and marketing solutions for law firms, with offices in Eagan; and Matthew Werder, CTO of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), a Minneapolis-based trauma center.
Dr. John Hallberg and host Tom Crann at the State Fair with Dr. Andrew Kiragu
Dr. Jon Hallberg is a professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.
He and host Tom Crann were joined by Dr. Andrew Kiragu who is a pediatrician at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Hallberg joins us every Tuesday to talk about the art and science of medicine.
Fighting the opioid crisis with vaccines and better chemistry
Scientific American, 8/17/17
Two separate drugs designed to combat prescription painkiller oxycodone and heroin have been in the works for years at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF), but those vaccines are still only being tested in rodents. “For our group and others it will take years before we reach the market,” says Marco Pravetoni, who is co-leading the work at MMRF.
Connection between neck strength, brain injuries
KSTP 5, 8/21/17
“She’d be very proud to have more female athletes participating and pursuing lifelong goals,” Eric Barron said.
That’s where Dr. Uzma Samadani and her research team at Hennepin County Medical Center come in. They are trying to determine whether females are more susceptible to concussions and other sports-related brain injuries.
Hospital intervention program helps reduce violence
KARE 11, 8/16/17
Farji Shaheer, a violence intervention specialist, said about 80 percent of violent crime victims chose to participate in the Next Step program. The percentage of participants who are not readmitted to HCMC for a violent injury is 3 percent, compared to a 40 percent national average.
Overweight Minnesotans are among those who are ditching the diet
Star Tribune, 8/14/17
It’s not always about the number on the scale, agreed Natalie Ikeman, a physician’s assistant at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Golden Valley Clinic, where she runs a weight loss program called “The Great Slimdown.”
Simply choosing to eat healthy and exercise your heart will extend your life expectancy, she said.
Asthma training required for Minn. high school coaches
KARE 11, 8/14/17
According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, on a team of 15 players you can expect at least one player with asthma.
“It’s important for coaches to know how to deal with it, if one of the athletes does have an asthma attack,” Aafedt said.
Which is a reality, according to HCMC’s Pediatric Pulmonologist, Gail Brottman, M.D.
“When their breathing isn’t good and they don’t have their rescue inhaler with them, that really puts them at risk for either having an asthma attack,” Brottman said. “There have been some deaths.”
Combatting the Burnout Epidemic
RCM Answers, 8/14/17
Causes of burnout can include a lack of control over work conditions, time pressures, chaotic workplaces, and a lack of alignment of values between providers and their leaders, according to AHRQ grantee, Mark Linzer, M.D., FACP, of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, who has been studying burnout with us since the very beginning.
Health Check: back-to-school physicals
CCX Media, 8/8/17
“It’s really important to have a heart exam done during that time. A lot of murmurs start developing in the adolescent years, and potential heart problems can be found that way,” said Dr. Bryan Nelson of Hennepin County Medical Center.
Tech companies are filtering into the US health transportation sector
Global Healthcare, 8/7/17
To support patients in being able to attend medical appointments within Minneapolis, Upstream Health Innovations (part of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)), has partnered with Hitch Health, which is linked to Lyft’s enterprise application programming interface.
Scribes for physician burnout: How scribes help reconnect doctors with their patients
MedPage Today’s Kevin MD, 8/3/17
Recently, I had an opportunity to drop in on two of the foremost researchers in physician burnout, Sara Poplau and Mark Linzer of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Eye movements may be key in detecting brain injury, concussion
Huffington Post, 8/2/17
I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Uzma Samadani speak at a Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance conference for professionals and was mesmerized by what she had to share regarding eye-tracking and the correlation to brain injury. I couldn’t soak up enough of what she had to share that day, so I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to interview her for an article, and you might say I was even a little star-struck.
Hours after gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy, second body is found
Star Tribune, 8/2/17
Dr. Jim Miner, HCMC’s chief of emergency services, described the injuries as fractures, cuts and head wounds. He said no one was treated for burns.
4 still hospitalized after explosion rocks S. Mpls. School; 1 Critical
WCCO 4, 8/2/17
HCMC is a Level I Trauma Center of course. They they train for these kind of mass casualty events. Dr. (Jim) Miner tells us once again these injuries are severe; only one is life threatening.
Eye movements may be key in detecting brain injury, concussion
Huffington Post, 8/2/17
Dr. Uzma Samadani, M.D., Ph.D. is paving the way for new eye-tracking diagnostic measures after a brain injury.
Trend of drinking hydrogen peroxide can be deadly, Minnesota doctors warn
Star Tribune, 8/1/17
“The way people describe it is that they take 3 drops of concentrated peroxide and dissolve it in about eight ounces of water and take it three times a day,” explained Dr. Ann Arens, a medical toxicologist at the Minnesota Poison Control System.
Consuming the liquid can burn holes in the esophagus and stomach, and can create oxygen bubbles that can be released in the blood stream. When that happens, explained Dr. Stephen Hendriksen, an emergency medicine doctor at HCMC, the bubbles can travel to the brain and cause seizures and stroke-like symptoms.
Emergency responders reflect on Bridge Collapse 10 years later
KSTP 5, 8/1/17
“It didn’t quite seem real, but it was very, very real,” Dr. John Hick said. Today he’s the Associate Medical Director for Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Medical Services. A decade ago, he was called to the Mississippi to lead the trauma operation at the scene.
“There were already some victims who had passed away and there was nothing that we could do for them,” HCMC Paramedic Ross Chavez said.
“I was getting ready to take my wife out to dinner, because Aug. 1 is her birthday,” Dr. Joseph Clinton said.
“I drive over that bridge every day, I think about the bridge collapse a lot because it had a big impact on me,” Dr. Bill Heegaard, assistant chief for the HCMC Department of Emergency Medicine, said.
Survival story: Tina Hickman
KARE 11, 7/31/17
The biggest impact on my life is that my son, Jackson, was born that day. With God’s help and great doctor’s work, Jackson was successfully delivered via emergency C-section at HCMC.
“It won’t ever leave me”: 10 years later, paramedics reflect on 35W Bridge collapse
WCCO 4, 7/28/17
That technical rescue would bring Hennepin EMS paramedics Becky Kopka and Don Wolfe to a view unimaginable before: one of the state’s busiest bridges in the water.
Doctors warn of potent peroxide risk
KARE 11, 7/27/17
“There is some thought in some groups that it might be a general panacea things that can help with inflammation, any sort of general illness,” said Dr. Ann Arens, HCMC physician of emergency medicine and toxicology.
“So when you swallow just a little bit of this food grade hydrogen peroxide, quite a bit comes out into your intestine and into your stomach and get absorbed and cause bad things,” said Dr. Stephen Hendriksen, HCMC physician of Hyperbaric Medicine.
Hennepin County Medical Center links EHR, Lyft to help patients keep appointments
Becker’s Hospital Review, 7/26/17
Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center and its innovations group, Upstream Health Innovations, launched a pilot program in January that uses the hospital’s EHR to help Medicaid patients hail Lyft rides to their medical appointments, according to the Center for Care Innovations.
“On a scale we hadn’t witnessed before”: doctors remember I-35@ Bridge collapse
WCCO 4, 7/26/17
Ten years later, the doctors (Bill Heegaard, Doug Brunette, John Hick) who had a huge part in saving lives sat down to talk about that day in the very room where they treated patients. They explain how they provided care in the middle an event unlike and they’d ever known.
Cambridge EMS rescues triathlete nurse
Daily Union, 7/25/17
Alicia Bravo stepped back after hugging, then squeezing, Bob Salov, at the 26th Cannonball Run Saturday morning, July 8.
Former Viking great struggles with memory loss after years of hard hits
Fox 9, 7/25/17
“You have to realize this is one study,” said Dr. Uzma Samadani who herself is nationally renowned for her research into sports related brain injury.
Overweight Minnesotans are among those who are ditching the diet
Star Tribune, 7/20/17
It’s not always about the number on the scale, agreed Natalie Ikeman, a physician’s assistant at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Golden Valley Clinic, where she runs a weight loss program called “The Great Slimdown.”
Adaptive skateboarder looks to inspire others
KARE 11, 7/15/17
One Minnesotan is getting the VIP treatment at the X Games in Minneapolis.
Daniel Edmondson is an adaptive skater, following an accident several years ago when he jumped on a train on Nicollet Island.
“I fell and I got run over,” he said. “It wasn’t until I tried to stand up that I even knew that my legs were gone.”
The ambulance took him to Hennepin County Medical Center.
EMS personnel ready for any scenario at XGames
WCCO 4, 7/14/17
“When I look at that, I’m right away thinking multiple system trauma,” said Mike Trullinger, Public Information Officer with Hennepin Emergency Medical Services (EMS). “And we go in, and this is what we do at Hennepin EMS, we do trauma.”
Cambridge nurse retires after a 39-year career
Isanti-Chisago County Star, 7/13/17
Cambridge native Carol Ann Smith, RN, BAN, PHN, CNRN recently celebrated her retirement from Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) after 39 years of service.
Farmington woman jumps out of window to escape fire
Fox 9, 7/13/17
Gingerly strolling the halls of Hennepin County Medical Center, Liz Kolbenschlag is thankful to have avoided surgery and a concussion.
X Games preps underway, more than 100,000 expected to attend
KARE 11, 7/11/17
Another perk of the location is having the Hennepin County Medical Center right across the street. Being an extreme sporting event, officials say there’s a strong likelihood for injuries.
“They don’t call it the X Games for nothing,” Hennepin EMS Deputy Chief of Operations Mike Trullinger says. “There is a risk of injuries and we want to be there and take care of them as soon as possible.”
As daredevil X Games roll into Minneapolis, paramedics are ready
Star Tribune, 7/10/17
A medical crew of ESPN-hired professionals and local emergency medical service workers will preside this week over Minneapolis’ first summer X Games at U.S. Bank Stadium. It won’t hurt that the Hennepin County Medical Center is just across the street.
“Lucky for us, we’re right next door,” said Michael Trullinger, Hennepin EMS deputy chief. “So if anyone is seriously injured, they have a top-notch, Level I trauma center” nearby.
The soaring price of insulin leaves Minnesota diabetics with few good choices
Star Tribune, 7/3/17
“They just stop taking it because they have to feed their children,” said Dr. Lisa Fish, who cares for diabetics at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Outstanding nurses awards finalists 2017
Mpls/StPaul Magazine, 6/30/17
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine is excited to announce the 2017 finalists for the Outstanding Nurses Awards.
Teen’s jugular slashed during hockey practice
KARE 11, 6/30/17
The coaching staff are really the heroes in this,” said Bob Spinner, Michael’s dad. “They basically saved my son’s life. He would have bled out before the ambulance arrived had they not done what they did.”
Spinner says his son lost 30 percent of his blood volume before doctors at HCMC could repair his jugular.
High school hockey player survives skate blade to jugular vein
WCCO 4, 6/30/17
Michael was rushed to the level one pediatric trauma center at Hennepin County Medical Center and into surgery.
Star Tribune, 6/18/17
“I think jobs will be at stake here,” said Derrick Hollings, chief financial officer at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. “And it’s not just us.”
“We’ve been on this journey of lean management for 15 years,” said Dr. Jon Pryor, Hennepin County Medical Center’s chief executive. “At some point there are diminishing returns. We have one of the highest percentages of Medicaid patients in the U.S. At some point we’re going to need more help.”
Nightmare finally ends for St. Cloud teacher cured of rare sleep disorder
Star Tribune, 6/17/17
“There is a broad swath of the population that says, ‘It’s just a nightmare,’ ” said Dr. Ranji Varghese, a psychiatrist and medical director at HCMC’s sleep disorder center, which handles about 4,500 patient visits a year. “But if left untreated, nightmares can severely impair a person’s ability to function normally.”
Roundtable: What patients say, what doctors hear
MPR News, 6/16/17
Syl Jones, a playwright and a resident fellow for narrative medicine at HCMC, also joined the roundtable. He said that the best way to make sure the doctor hears what you need them to hear is to think about your story before your visit.
10 things you should ask your doctor on your next visit
Star Tribune, 6/15/17
“The era of the doctor who just tells you what to do — like Marcus Welby — those days are over. And they should be over,” said Dr. David Hilden, an internal medicine physician at Hennepin County Medical Center. “It’s good for both sides to be informed.”
HCMC joins in $8.5M round of funding for tech startup
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 6/14/17
Dr. Chip Truwit interviewed. (Subscription required)
Skin cancer survivor keeps sun exposure in check
CCX Media, 6/9/17
Dr. Erin Luxenberg, a dermatologist with HCMC, says seeking shade on hot days is a good first step to protecting yourself.
“The sun can cause a lot of different things and the one that worries us as a dermatologist is skin cancer,” says Luxenberg. “There are several different types of skin cancer and most of them are related to sun exposure.”
HCMC neurosurgeon gets a read on brain function
Star Tribune, 6/7/17
“We have really good ways of assessing heart function. … but with the brain, it is super difficult, ” said HCMC attending neurosurgeon Dr. Uzma Samadani. “We need better tools to assess physiologic brain function. That’s what this is.”
Minnesota measles outbreak bigger than all cases in 2016… for entire US
Clinicians from the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and from the Hennepin County Medical Center are working with a group of 30 imams and mosque executive directors to spread accurate information about both measles and autism.
At Minnesota day cares, troubling gaps in immunization coverage
Star Tribune, 5/28/17
“There’s no question that as pediatricians we would like our state to have stronger immunization laws,” said Dr. Dawn Martin, a physician at Hennepin County Medical Center who works with other pediatricians on promoting vaccinations. “A personal belief exemption in Minnesota is relatively easy for a family to obtain.”
Minnesota college student has invented an app to stop PTSD and night terrors
Since he started this campaign a year and a half ago he has won several awards for the App and now it is finally ready for clinical trials which will be conducted at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
HCMC seeks to ease patient bottlenecks with new mental health crisis center
Star Tribune, 5/25/17
Dr. Eduardo Colon, chief of psychiatry at HCMC, estimates that at any given time, 15 to 30 percent of the hospital’s psychiatric patients are stuck in hospital beds and delayed from discharge, often because they have nowhere to go in the community.
“We need a lot more places like this,” Colon said, gesturing toward the new home’s spacious living room and fireplace.
The car seat test could save your kids’ lives
KARE 11, 5/24/17
For our inspection, KARE 11 consulted Julie Philbrook, a registered nurse, certified child passenger safety instructor, and Trauma Prevention Specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Pathologists, radiologists from HCMC staff annual North Minneapolis See, Test and Treat event
MHA Newsline, 5/15/17
“This is an outstanding community event that provides access to screenings that can save lives,” said Dr. Bradley Linzie, chief of lab medicine and pathology at HCMC, who read Pap tests at the event. “I want to recognize my HCMC colleagues in Pathology and Radiology for their continued support for this event that gives back to the community.”
No Minnesota hospitals hit by ‘WannaCry’ cyberattack, but experts warn of vulnerabilities
Star Tribune, 5/15/17
At Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, a team was assembled as soon as it became clear Friday that a global ransomware attack was taking place. The team worked through the weekend to identify potential risks, tighten e-mail filtering and network blocking, and run scanning and diagnostic programs on the hospital network, said Matt Werder, chief technology officer at the 484-bed downtown public hospital.
Inside the fight against the measles outbreak
Dr. Dawn Martin, a pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center, said the facility has compiled a list of patients missing the first of two doses in the MMR vaccine.
Psychiatric Disease in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Healio Psychiatric Annals, 5/8/17
Samuel Maiser, MD, is an Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurology and Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota; and the Medical Director, ALS Center of Excellence, Hennepin County Medical Center.
Delirium Versus Dementia: A Diagnostic Conundrum in Clinical Practice
Healio Psychiatric Annals, 5/8/15
Ranji Varghese, MD, is the Medical Director, Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, Hennepin County Medical Center; and an Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Minnesota. Muna Irfan, MD, is the Site Director, Sleep Fellowship, Hennepin County Medical Center; and an Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Minnesota.
Minnesota eyes tougher steps to stop measles as outbreak spreads
If the mother was vaccinated, the child should have protection from the virus, said Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center.
“We have not gone to the recommendation of keep your child at home until the epidemic is over,” she said. But that may change if the tally rises to “hundreds of kids, not the dozens we’ve had so far,” said Maroushek.
Mental health and the criminal justice system: Can Minnesota do better?
Dr. Eduardo Colon, adult psychiatry chief at Hennepin County Medical Center, agrees funding is a big problem, but so is the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Public health workers push back against anti-vaccine claims at Somali community meeting
Not true at all, says Dr. Andrew Kiragu of Hennepin County Medical Center. Kiragu was one of at least three pediatricians who sat in the audience quietly fuming as Blaxill clicked through his Powerpoint slides.
At the end, Kiragu took the microphone and told the audience that the autism-vaccine link is bogus.
Weight loss program provides accountability
CCX Media, 4/25/17
“It’s called the ‘Great Slim Down,” said Natalie Ikeman, a physician assistant at the HCMC Clinic in Golden Valley. “It’s a weight-loss program that I designed over a year ago to help patients work on goals, exercise, healthy eating habits to overall improve their quality of life.”
Tevlin: Neurosurgeon and her teen patient are put to a marathon test
Star Tribune, 4/22/17
Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center, knew surgery would be difficult, but she didn’t know just how difficult.
“I’ve never taken out five tumors at once in my career,” she said. “Most of the time we think that if you see five tumors, there are probably more you don’t see. Sometimes the thinking is that you let nature run its course and wait, that you never take out a spinal tumor until someone is disabled. But this was such a young kid. I was not ready to see her become paralyzed. It would have been very hard to live with.”
STDs hit another record high in Minnesota in 2016
Star Tribune, 4/20/17
“The percentage increases in syphilis and gonorrhea are really concerning,” said Dr. Nicholas Vogenthaler, an infectious disease physician at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical director of the Red Door Clinic, an STD testing site.
Bicycling initiative helps mental health patients
KARE 11, 4/19/17
Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew, a HCMC cardiologist who leads the program, says pedaling is an alternative to prescriptions. He also says people often wonder why a cardiologist is involved with the initiative. But, as he explains, biking can help improve mental and physical health.
Two hurt after lightning strike at paintball park
KARE 11, 4/14/17
“Around 75 to 100 people per year in the United States die from lightning strikes,” said burn surgeon, Dr. Jon Gayken, at Hennepin County Medical Center. He said the indirect hits to people are most common.
Why female surgeons at HCMC, worldwide are posing like New Yorker cover
Star Tribune, 4/13/17
Dr. Ashley Marek, HCMC assistant program director for surgery residency, snapped their photo Wednesday with a selfie stick and it was quickly shared on social media. “We had no idea it was going to blow up this way,” she said.
Heart disease study finds low cholesterol doesn’t mean low risk
KARE 11, 4/12/17
“I think this study reinforces in getting a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment,” said Dr. Bradley Bart, chief of cardiology at Hennepin County Medical Center.
HCMC North Loop Clinic to open next week
TC Business, 4/11/17
“We’re excited to make our health care and pharmacy services available to people who live and work in the vibrant North Loop area,” clinic medical director Dr. Jane Hess said in a statement. “We look forward to partnering with our new neighbors to achieve and maintain their health care goals.”
North Loop Clinic and Pharmacy opens Monday, April 17
Mill City Times, 4/11/17
“In addition to general dermatologic care, we are also offering cosmetic dermatology at the clinic,” explains Dr. Hess.
Clinic, pharmacy to open in the North Loop
Downtown Journal, 4/10/17
“We’re excited to make our health care and pharmacy services available to people who live and work in the vibrant North Loop area,” said Jane Hess, the clinic’s medical director, in a statement.
Minneapolis-area charities send thanks for books donated at Wi12
American Booksellers Association, 4/4/17
Lynne Burke, the children’s literacy liaison at Hennepin County Medical Center, sent along thanks on behalf of the center’s providers, staff, and client children and families. “There were 74 wonderful books that disappeared like hotcakes when we put them into the book bins in our Pediatric Clinic,” Burke wrote.
At Mayo, pioneering steps toward helping paralyzed patients
Star Tribune, 4/3/17
Other facilities have been working on epidural stimulation, too.
In Minnesota, the Hennepin County Medical Center, the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center and University of Minnesota are working with a Toronto group toward similar goals, said Dr. Uzma Samadani of HCMC. They have a list of patients and hope to implant stimulators in some of them soon, starting with one as soon as May, she said.
Beating clinician burnout
HealthLeaders Media, 4/1/17
Signs of clinician burnout—a response to chronic workplace stressors—have become a reality in the healthcare industry.
Klobuchar wants to keep tabs on deadly carfentanil
St. Cloud Times, 3/31/17
“It is unclear at this point what threat this really represents,” said Jon Cole, an emergency physician and medical toxicologist at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical director of the Minnesota Poison Control System. “We know enough to know that this drug is ultra-potent. And we know enough to know that we should be concerned.”
Dangerous drug carfentanil blamed in 5 Minnesota overdoses
Associated Press, 3/30/17
“It is unclear at this point what threat this really represents,” said Jon Cole, an emergency physician and medical toxicologist at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical director of the Minnesota Poison Control System. “We know enough to know that this drug is ultra-potent. And we know enough to know that we should be concerned.”
Heroin laced with large animal tranquilizer carfentanil tied to 5 Minnesota deaths
Fox 9, 3/30/17
“For example, an 8,000 pound elephant can be incapacitated by just two milligrams of Carfentanil,” Medical Director of the Minnesota Poison Control System Jon Cole said. “Using [opioids] alone is much more dangerous than it may have been in the past.”
Animal-strength opioid blamed for cluster of overdose deaths
The drug is 100 times more potent than fentanyl — the opiate that killed Prince last year — and 10,000 times stronger than morphine, said Dr. Jon Cole with the Minnesota Poison Control System.
Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer blamed for 5 Minnesota overdose deaths
Star Tribune, 3/30/17
“The drug is so new very little is known about it and the impact the drug has on humans,” said Dr. Jon Cole, an emergency room doctor and medical director of the Minnesota Poison Control System.
Beating Clinician Burnout
HealthLeaders Media, 3/30/17
Signs of clinician burnout—a response to chronic workplace stressors—have become a reality in the healthcare industry.
“It’s somewhere between 30% and 50% nationally in physicians and it is rising,” says Mark Linzer, MD, FACP, director of the division of general internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, which includes a 484-staffed-bed safety-net hospital, downtown clinics, and a system of neighborhood clinics. “The data are pretty compelling depending on which instrument you use for measuring it.”
A Christmas Miracle
Catholic Herald, 3/28/17
“I hope more people will look into organ donation. They could check out the Hennepin County Medical Center, https://hcmc.org/clinics/TransplantProgram and the Kidney Foundation, https://www.kidney.org.”
Allergy season begins unusually early
CCX Media, 3/27/17
“A lot of patients with allergies will have recurrent sinus infections, where month after month they’ll need to get an antibiotic,” said Dr. John Sweet, an allergist from Hennepin County Medical Center. “It’ll be a trigger for migraine headaches. Allergies can set off asthma symptoms if you also have asthma.”
On health care, we want it all, can’t have it
Star Tribune, 3/26/17
Low public-program reimbursement rates are “a big part of a safety net hospital’s world,” Finance Vice President David Albright told me in an interview. Being “attached to government,” HCMC has “a disproportionate share of patients on Medicaid,” he said, and “Medicaid does not cover your costs.”
Paramedics sound alarm about assaults
KARE 11, 3/21/17
Tony Brandt trains paramedics at Hennepin EMS. He says reports of assaults have gone down over the last few years for Hennepin EMS workers because of an emphasis on training. But he believes more can be done overall.
Doctor finds purpose working in burn center where he was treated as teen
WCCO 4, 3/20/17
Dr. Jon Gayken is a familiar face in the halls of the HCMC Burn Center. It’s where he did his residency, and where he’s been a surgeon for more than a decade.
Flesh-eating bacteria dramatically changes the lives of Lonsdale family
Lonsdale News-Review, 3/20/17
What started out feeling like a bout of the flu ended in a life-threatening diagnosis for a Lonsdale man − one he and his family never imagined possible.
Within days of feeling sick, Brian Strese was told he had a rare “flesh-eating bacteria,” which left him fighting for his life.
Mayo to give nod to privately insured patients over Medicaid patients
Star Tribune, 3/15/17
Hennepin County Medical Center, a safety net hospital, reported one of the highest Medicaid payer mixes, with 46 percent of its 2015 charges stemming from patients covered by state public programs.
The hospital hasn’t considered policies that prioritize privately insured patients, though, said Dave Albright, HCMC’s vice president of finance.
5 Violent mass casualty incident myths
Hospitals & Health Networks, 3/14/17
John Hick, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, identified five common myths that he often hears from hospitals preparing for a violent mass casualty incident.
Minnesota man loses leg from flesh eating bacterial infection
KARE 11, 3/14/17
Brian Strese, 42, is now recovering from the illness at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), where doctors amputated his right leg above the knee to save him from the fierce infection.
Dr. Jon Gayken, a burn and trauma surgeon who treated Strese, said his illness stemmed from the Group A Strep bacteria, what doctors classify as necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that results in the death of the body’s soft tissue, spreading in the body in a matter of hours.
A look behind the walls at Hennepin County Medical Center
Medical Construction & Design, 3/10/17
“We are excited about the 360 degree photos and see great value in having well-organized, easily accessible images of the building,” said HCMC Senior Facilities Manager Fred Ames.
Pathologists, radiologists from HCMC staff annual North Minneapolis See, Test and Treat event
This is an outstanding community event that provides access to screenings that can save lives,” said Dr. Bradley Linzie, chief of lab medicine and pathology at HCMC, who read Pap tests at the event. “I want to recognize my HCMC colleagues in Pathology and Radiology for their continued support for this event that gives back to the community.”
Bariatric surgery: addressing the impact of overweight
Minnesota HealthCare News, 3/7/17
Guilford G. Hartley, MD, an internist with the Hennepin Bariatric Center at Hennepin County Medical Center, is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Obesity Society.
Fresh ideas, fresh eyes: HCMC’s internship experience
Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) East Lake Clinic is one of the participating clinics in SIM practice facilitation work. Following successful grantee selection, staff accepted the invitation to include U of M DNP student Laila Akhter as part of their team.
Good Question: What do high heels do to your body?
WCCO 4, 3/6/17
“It puts you in position where we haven’t evolved to walk that way,” says Dr. D.J. Oeltjenbruns, a podiatric surgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Warm winter startles even the experts
A spokesperson for Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis confirmed the hospital treated more slip-and-fall injuries on snow and ice this winter than last winter.
Good Question: Why do we say “Bless You” when someone sneezes?
WCCO 4, 3/3/17
There has always been a theory that your heart skips a beat when you sneeze. But Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin County Medical Center says that probably doesn’t happen.
HCMC has been dealt a tough hand, but we’ll persevere
Star Tribune, 3/2/17
Despite the challenges, we’re taking a simple stand: Regardless of our trials, we’re here for life. If you think our stand is admirable — if you agree that HCMC is indeed a special place — we humbly invite you to stand with us. – Jon L. Pryor is chief executive officer of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc.
A check-up for the health care industry
Twin Cities Business Journal, 3/1/17
Dr. Jon Pryor | CEO, Hennepin County Medical Center. Make health care convenient – Greater efficiency: First, all health systems should embrace lean management, which is about getting rid of waste and improving efficiencies. “Lean” is a set of simple concepts and is founded on the principle of continuous improvement. There are several health systems in Minnesota that embrace lean, including HCMC, but all systems could and should put lean management into practice.
The future of health care is outside the doctor’s office
When the state (MN) first adopted the health-care home model, it only had resources for four community health workers. That number has since ballooned to more than 30 as the state continues to see positive outcomes from their work, according to Kristen Godfrey-Walters, community care coordination manager at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Friend says man who hit, killed jogger has brain tumors
WCCO 4, 2/28/17
“There are lots of parts of our brains that allow us to be able to walk, it’s one of the most complex movements we have,” Dr. Katie Esse, a neurologist at Hennepin County Medical Center, said.
Good Question: Why do healthy people suffer heart attacks?
WCCO 4, 2/28/17
“Usually what I tell patients when they ask me, ‘Why is it me, doc? why do I have this?’ I say usually bad genes, bad habits or just bad luck,” said Dr. Foaud Bachour, a cardiologist with Hennepin County Medical Center.
Flu season sending more people to the doctor this year
KARE 11, 2/27/17
“We are seeing patients with flu-like symptoms,” said Natalie Ikeman, a physician assistant, at the HCMC Golden Valley Clinic.
Star Tribune, 2/25/17
A recent collaboration between the Nice Ride Minnesota bike share program and Hennepin County Medical Center is helping people deal with mental illness by giving them free bike memberships.
“We’ve either treated the brain or the body, and we’re taking it as a holistic approach, trying to treat people,” said Amber Courtney, an occupational therapist helping lead the program.
While exercise and diet have been discussed before, the new partnership between the psychiatry and cardiovascular departments at the downtown Minneapolis hospital has cardiologist Woubeshet Ayenew working in the day treatment program to give people with serious mental illness his cardiovascular-specific expertise.
NASA astronaut visits Brooklyn Center
CCX Media, 2/22/17
“When I was here training as an emergency medicine doctor, that required a team,” Lindgren said. “We had folks, the nurses, our utilization coordinators, our health care assistants, all of those were really a part of that education in making us better doctors. And it’s the same as being an astronaut.”
Prior to becoming an astronaut, Lindgren was an emergency medical physician who trained in Minneapolis at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Good Question: Why do we shrink as we age?
WCCO 4, 2/22/17
“It has to do with gravity, the ravages of gravity,” says Dr. Kjell Lindgren, a NASA astronaut and physician who completed his medical training at Hennepin County Medical Center . When he spent 141 days on the International Space Station, he stretched an inch.
Golden Valley dermatologist gives skin care tips
CCX Media, 2/21/17
“My pitch to patients is to wear sunscreen 365 days out of the year, rain or shine, cause you just never know,” said Dr. Jenny Liu, a dermatologist who sees patients at the HCMC Clinic in Golden Valley.
Good Question: Why do I hate the sound of my own voice?
WCCO 4, 2/20/17
“The way we hear our voice is really unique,” says Janet Hansen, an audiologist with Hennepin County Medical Center. “It only sounds that way to us.”
God, Allah, Buddha, Great Spirit: Minnesota hospital chaplains adapt to diversity
Star Tribune, 2/18/17
Hennepin County Medical Center has a “prayer wall” in its chapel stuffed with tiny paper requests from all faiths, and a CD collection of Benedictine and Hindu chants, New Age, country and gospel music.
The Rev. David Hottinger, manager of the Spiritual Care Department, recalled getting a late-night call for a chaplain — and music. When he arrived with a CD player, the patient wanted to hear Pink Floyd.
The “sick” that just won’t quit
KARE 11, 2/17/17
“I don’t know if it’s particularly this season that it seems worse it just might be the people you’re coming into contact with seem to really be experiencing these colds,” said Natalie Ikeman, a physican assistant at Hennepin County Medical Center.
HCMC partners with bike share program to help people with mental illnesses
KSTP 5, 2/16/17
Doctors say there are distinct advantages to riding your bike if you have a mental illness as opposed to simply taking prescription pills.
“Better physical health equals better mental health,” said Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew, a HCMC cardiovascular consultant.
There is an end to the tunnel: Minn. Woman battles “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome”
WCCO 4, 2/13/17
Dr. Ranji Varghese at the HCMC’s Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center diagnosed Delanie with Kleine-Levin Syndrome. And he answered questions that had been plaguing the Weyers.
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office announces year-long drug prevention campaign
Sun Current, 2/8/17
“Every doctor in the state needs to be aware of this issue, to be educated, and be ready to intervene,” said Dr. Charlie Reznikoff of the Hennepin County Medical Center.
Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at
Star Tribune, 2/8/17
A sneeze is a reflex reaction, explained Dr. Scott Davies, a physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis who specializes in treating respiratory diseases.
Explosion survivor: “My life will slow down from here on out”
WCCO 4, 2/7/17
Christopher Schueler was with his friend and business partner in early January. A propane tank in the shipping container they were working on exploded.
“Praise God that we’re here, and it’s just one of those things that happens to you where my life will slow down from here on out,” Schueler said.
He recalls the day that changed his outlook from his hospital bed in the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit.
How to take a fall without serious injury
WCCO 4, 2/7/17
“Ankle fractures for the general public are the most common. Rotational ankle injuries, where the foot just slides up from under them and kind of twists as they go down,” Dr. Gudrun Mirick said. “As you get into the older population, wrist fractures, hip fractures, even some pelvic fractures.”
Gov. Dayton to undergo surgery for prostate cancer next month
WCCO 4, 2/7/17
Dr. Kendall Feia, who performs prostate surgeries at Hennepin County Medical Center, says a full recovery can take up to six weeks, less if the surgery is done with a less invasive robotic procedure.
Larry Kryzaniak, who guided HCMC through transitions, dies at 64
Star Tribune, 2/4/17
When he arrived at HCMC in 2004, Kryzaniak transformed the hospital’s financial systems, said Dr. Jon Pryor, CEO of HCMC, and helped shift it from a county department to a public subsidiary corporation.
I-94 project through Minneapolis promises to be a doozy for motorists
Star Tribune, 2/3/17
Doug Gesme, operations chief for Hennepin Emergency Management Services, said the construction will be inconvenient, but ambulances will use contingency plans. “We will find a way to get to you,” he said.
Hennepin County renews push to slow heroin overdoses
Star Tribune, 1/31/17
The epidemic isn’t just a law enforcement or criminal justice issue, said Dr. Charles Reznikoff, an addiction specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Things you should know about the flu
KARE 11, 1/30/17
What you need to know about this flu season. Dr. Bryan Nelson from HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic explains.
After carbon monoxide killed Minnesota ice fisherman, his mother warns others
Pioneer Press, 1/27/17
“Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths, not just in the United States, but worldwide,” said Dr. Christopher Logue of Hennepin County Medical Center, where 77 such cases were treated last year.
Tevlin: Preemie in 1942 battled odds, and he won
Star Tribune, 1/25/17
Calvin Lepp was locally famous almost from the moment he was born, and over the course of the next 120 days, readers of this newspaper followed the progress of “the medicine dropper baby.”
Governor Dayton reveals he has prostate cancer
CCX Media, 1/24/17
“If prostate cancer is a stable situation and you’re at a point where you’re not having any side effects from any procedure or radiation, or chemotherapy regimens,” said Dr. Bryan Nelson from the HCMC Clinic in Golden Valley. “The far majority of individuals are able to do normal job functions, work functions, activity of daily living type functions.”
Clinical trial works to provide treatment for brain injuries
Minnesota Daily, 1/24/17
A novel experimental trial, led by one University of Minnesota professor, is working to treat traumatic brain injuries and concussions — without surgery.
The trial, led by Dr. Uzma Samadani — head of the Hennepin County Medical Center’s Brain Injury Research Lab and associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery — uses a small device that sends electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate the vagus nerve and attempts to disrupt the generation of abnormal electrical currents in the brain.
Doctors offer tips on how to avoid getting sick
Fox 9, 1/23/17
Ironically, even Dr. Jane Hess with HCMC’S Brooklyn Park Clinic battles a cough.
The last time we got a fly-by from the ISS was in September 2015, when former Hennepin County Medical Center doctor turned NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren took this shot of Minneapolis.
1 dead, 4 others injured by apparent carbon monoxide
“It’s unfortunate but every year we get a case or two where someone is sick enough that needs to be transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment,” said Christopher Logue, medical director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at HCMC, “because they were in an ice house where they were using a heat source and it wasn’t ventilated properly.”
Tuberculosis case sparks testing at St. Louis Park High School
Because the risk of transmission is low, the department was able to take time to identify the specific individuals who should be tested, said Dean Tsukayama, the state tuberculosis consultant for the Minnesota Department of Health and the medical director of the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic.
HCMC, U to test new, simpler treatment for brain injuries
Star Tribune, 1/12/17
Researchers at Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota are studying this experimental approach to stimulating the vagus nerve — a neurotransmitter that has been linked to depression and sleep problems — without the need for a device to be surgically implanted.
“To be honest, it’s not 100 percent understood,” said Dr. Uzma Samadani, head of HCMC’s brain research lab. “People have shown it affects neurotransmitter releases in particular areas of the brain that are important for recovery from functional loss. It also relieves some depression and it helps in restoring the sleep wave cycle.”
Good Question: Why do we weigh less in the morning?
WCCO 4, 1/11/17
A lot of what people lose at night are carbon atoms and water.
“We lose it through breathing breathing and urination,” says Ashley Nusbaum, a nurse practitioner in the bariatric program at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Flu season upgraded to “concerning level”
CCX Media, 1/10/17
“According to the Minnesota Department of Health, they’ve seen enough cases here to alert that we have now jumped from a rare situation to a more upgraded, concerning level,” said Dr. Bryan Nelson from the HCMC Clinic in Golden Valley.
HCMC doctor develops stimulation treatment for brain injuries, clinical trials underway
Fox 9, 1/10/17
It’s a simple little device, but it holds so much promise. And if it’s proven to work, it’s possibly a huge game-changer in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, also called TBI’s.
Dr. Uzma Samadani is the head of the Brain Injury Research Lab at Hennepin County Medical Center, who began early last year the largest ever study of concussions and brain injuries ever done, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota.
HCMC takes their safety message to the front lines
WCCO Radio, 1/9/17
Construction crews working on Hennepin County Medical Center’s new Clinic and Specialty Center at 8th Street and Chicago Avenue are getting regular visits from health care workers.
It’s part of the hospital’s Bend and Stretch Program, where once a month they meet with Mortenson Construction workers and go over safety and talk about health.
Last week, staff from the burn unit came by to warn them of frostbite after seeing a drop in the forecast.
Ouch! Twin Cities doctors seeing more injuries from falls on ice
Star Tribune, 1/6/17
Greg Busker, a registered nurse at HCMC’s emergency department, said there’s definitely been an increase this week in the number of patients with injuries due to falls. He suggested applying salt and sand liberally outside homes and apartment buildings and being extra careful when stepping out of a car at the grocery store, for example. A layer of snow might seem safe, but there could be a patch of ice under that snow.
Preparing providers for complex pediatrics
EMS World, 1/1/17
By scheduling a skill session into the regular training on the most frequent 9-1-1 calls involving pediatrics, Erin Glover, EMT-P, EMT coordinator for fire-based services with the Hennepin County Medical Center’s EMS education arm, provided additional education for EMS providers that focused specifically on children with medical complexities.
Hennepin Health’s outreach efforts improve health while saving money
Star Tribune, 12/30/16
“Being homeless is incredibly traumatic and it is very stressful,” said Dr. Danielle Robertshaw, medical director of the county’s health care program for the homeless. “There are a lot of patients who just aren’t able to fully address their health needs when their lives are just that chaotic.”
Good Question: What happens to your body during a hangover?
WCCO 4, 12/29/16
“A hangover is a couple of things,” said Dr. Gavin Bart, an addiction medicine specialist at the Hennepin County Medical Center. “It’s basically a huge inflammatory response. So it’s kind of like having the flu.”
KSTP 5, 12/26/16
Back in the spring, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS started following Thomas’ journey, along with a couple dozen other students in the EMS Pathways Academy, a new partnership with Hennepin EMS and Minneapolis Fire to train EMTs and recruit new firefighters.
Extreme cold affects Holidazzle, takes over Twin Cities
WCCO 4, 12/18/16
Dr. Ryan Fey, the burn director at Hennepin County Medical Center, said: “The number of (cold weather) injuries we see is directly proportional to how cold it gets and so sure enough last night we had a very busy night.”
Betty Ford comes to San Diego with new focus on opioid addiction
San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/16/16
Dr. Gavin Bart, director of addiction medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and a professor at the University of Minnesota, pointed to several peer-reviewed studies in medical journals that indicate tapering of these medications is ineffective.
Dangerous cold looms, HCMC doctor urges caution
NW Cable 12 TV, 12/15/16
The dreaded polar vortex has descended upon the Twin Cities, forcing people to bundle up as the temperatures plummet. But doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center say not everyone has gotten the message.
“Since about Saturday really, we started to see a kind of slow, steady trickle of frostbite patients coming in,” said Dr. Ryan Fey, medical director of HCMC’s Burn Center. “Having the deepest part of the cold snap hit us on the weekend is worrisome.”
Winter Institute Book Drive to benefit three Minneapolis-based organizations
American Booksellers Association, 12/14/16
The Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is a public hospital in the heart of Minneapolis featuring a robust Children’s Literacy Program that distributes thousands of books to patients and visitors annually. Now established in all of the center’s primary care clinics, HCMC’s Children’s Literacy Program started out by implementing Reach Out and Read, a national program promoting early reading and school readiness in healthcare clinics across the country.
Health Check: Holiday Heart Syndrome
NW Cable 12 News, 12/6/16
Before holiday celebrations begin, there’s a warning about your health. It’s that time of year where the food and drinks flow freely. While there are plenty of reminders of what the extra calories can do for your waistline, Hennepin County Medical Center Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. Rehan Karim says binge drinking can hurt the heart.
Patients at HCMC Burn Center receive gifts from local firefighters
KSTP 5, 12/6/16
Patients in Hennepin County Medical Center’s Burn Center received a special visit Tuesday from local firefighters.
The nonprofit organization Firefighters for Healing delivered gifts to the patients and food for the staff. The group says it works all year to raise money so they can bring comfort to these families.
Firefighters for Healing spread holiday cheer at HCMC
WCCO 4, 12/6/16
A group of people who know the dangers of fire are helping spread cheer this holiday season.
With their sirens blazing, this special group of firefighters responded to a different type of call for help at Hennepin County Medical Center. The group “Firefighters for Healing” supports patients and their caregivers at the hospital’s burn center.
As Fridley man recovers he reaches out to hit-and-run driver
KSTP 5, 12/5/16
Blaine police are looking for a driver involved in a hit-and-run Saturday morning.It happened about 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of 85th and University Avenue near the Northtown Mall.That’s where 56-year-old Bob Johnson was severely injured. Johnson has been at HCMC since the crash.
Is “screen time” affecting teens’ sleep patterns?
WCCO 4, 12/5/16
With the help of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, WCCO tracked the phone usage of three teenagers. As we discovered, doctors were even surprised by what did and didn’t happen.
Doctor Ranji Varghese at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin County Medical Center equips each teenager with what’s called an actograph.
HCMC hammers health and wellness into local expansion
The Northerner, 12/5/16
In the HCMC addition, there will be a skyway that connects the AOSC to the already busy Level 1 Trauma Center, which serves for adult and children emergency, surgical and pediatric needs 24 hours a day.
“At this point of the project, we are at 40 percent completion; within the next 90 days, we will continue to enclose the structure,” said Nicholas Balagurchik, AOSC project executive lead, in an email. “Look for metal panels going up in the first week of December.”
Hennepin Co. seeking HIV-infected people in need of care
“It’s been hard to find folks who, for whatever reason, have either moved or dropped out of care,” said Nick Vogenthaler, medical director of Hennepin County’s Red Door Clinic and the Positive Care Center at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Victim in daycare owner hit-and-run incident speaks out
WCCO 4, 11/29/16
He was dragged for more than eight blocks by a woman on the run after an incident in her Uptown daycare center, and now Salvador Lema is speaking out about how he survived.
Bicyclist feels for day care provider, hit-and-run driver
KARE 11, 11/29/16
Using a ladder any time soon? Take it easy up there
Star Tribune, 11/28/16
At Hennepin County Medical Center, doctors treat about 80 people per year who are injured in ladder falls, and a comparable number hurt by falling off roofs, said Dr. Jim Miner, the emergency medicine chief at the Minneapolis hospital. His recommendation: Don’t work on a ladder alone.
Man hurt in hit-and-run was part of woman’s 13-minute rampage
WCCO 4, 11/20/16
A Minneapolis man was recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center Sunday night after he was the victim of a hit-and-run on his bike on Friday morning
HCMC celebrates topping out ceremony at new clinic
KSTP 5, 11/10/16
The last and highest beam was put into place at the new building in Minneapolis. The 377,000-square-foot building will house surgery and cancer centers, primary and specialty care facilities along with physical and occupational therapy suites.
Man who survived Big Lake house explosion says he’s lucky to be alive
KSTP 5, 11/8/16
Just 24 hours after the explosion, Shelton is recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center and says the pain is not as severe and he’s even tried walking around.
Man burned in Big Lake house explosion shares his story
WCCO 4, 11/7/16
Burned and bandaged in the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center, Rodney Shelton counts his blessings.
Vikings bring burn victim into the huddle
WDAZ TV, 11/7/16
“2nd column to the left, towards the middle,” Gabe Schwarzlander said as he pointed to his room at Hennepin County Medical Center where he spent a month this summer after he was critically burned in an ATV accident near his home in Bemidji.
The Drive: Get your sleep before you drive
Star Tribune, 11/6/16
A lack of sleep can sneak up on you, said Ranji Varghese, medical director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Methadone is helping Minnesota addicts but leaving its own dangerous trail
Star Tribune, 11/5/16
Dr. Charles Reznikoff of Hennepin County Medical Center said the state’s opioid death toll would be far worse if methadone weren’t available. The addiction specialist said HCMC’s outpatient methadone clinic sees 300 patients a day — more than its emergency department.
Hennepin County Medical Center creates new space for psychiatric patients and families
Star Tribune, 11/2/16
“This will be a space where people can talk about mental illness as openly as they talk about diabetes or any other health condition,” said Megen Coyne, senior director of psychiatry at HCMC.
Eight big and small ideas for building resiliency
Minnesota Medicine, 11/1/16
Mark Linzer, MD, director of general internal medicine at HCMC and a national authority on physician well-being, says hospitals, clinics and health care systems are recognizing they have an “organizational imperative” to care for the well-being of their staff. “We’re getting calls and notes from all over the country from people who wish to do this,” he says, referring to the work HCMC is doing to foster resiliency among staff.
‘Like Flipping a Switch’: Minnesota man finds solution to struggle with sleep eating
WCCO 4, 11/1/16
Doctor Ranji Varghese diagnosed Jason Carney with a sleep-related eating disorder.
“He kind of knew his diagnosis before he even came into the sleep clinic most patients don’t have that knowledge,” Varghese said.
Fixing the system to fight burnout
ACP Internist, 11/1/16
Certainly, the pressures on doctors can’t be eliminated, said Dr. Mark Linzer, who directs the division of general internal medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
How sleep disorders affect our lives
WCCO 4, 10/30/16
Dr. Ranji Varghese of Hennepin County Medical Center, spoke with Esme Murphy about the sleep disorders that affect 40 million Americans.
The heart of care
Msp/StPaul Magazine, 10/26/16
Meet our 2016 Outstanding Nurses Award winner – Nurse Practitioner Luann Johnson, and finalists Pamela Noone and Mary Meeks from Hennepin County Medical Center. They are making a difference at bedsides, in clinics and classrooms, and around the world.
Teen reunited with man who saved him after ATV accident
WCCO 4, 10/20/16
Josh Bouley was airlifted to HCMC Level 1 pediatric trauma center, where doctors did an emergency surgery to remove his spleen and stop the bleeding.
Group vying for more doctors to prescribe naloxone to combat opioid overdoses
Fox 9, 10/17/16
“We’re starting to prescribe naloxone to a lot of these patients that we’re prescribing opioids to,” said Dr. JoAn Laes, who treats addiction patients at Hennepin County Medical Center. “I think it’s great we are able to have these kits because it does help spread the awareness of opioid addiction.”
Good Question: What’s so bad about being lonely?
WCCO 4, 10/13/16
“It’s pretty rare that I come across a patient who is coming to me for psychiatric treatment that doesn’t have some degree of loneliness,” says Dr. Matthew Syzdek, a clinical psychologist with Hennepin County Medical Center. “Loneliness is often not a choice. It’s often a consequence of life situations.”
Lifting children out of food insecurity
Medical Xpress, 10/11/16
“By increasing the purchasing power for nearly a half million people, we’re giving these families a fighting chance at providing healthy meal options to their loved ones,” said Diana Cutts, MD, Children’s HealthWatch co-principal investigator and medical director of the Children’s Growth and Nutrition Clinic at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Climbing the ladder: New Minneapolis Fire Dept. program works to improve diversity
KSTP 5, 9/29/16
The Minneapolis Fire Department launched the EMS Pathways Academy along with Hennepin County EMS earlier this year in hopes of finding firefighters and medics who might not have tried to join the ranks.
Missing mist? How to help your kids handle the flu shot
Star Tribune, 9/27/16
Hennepin County Medical Center started giving flu vaccines a couple of weeks ago, and so far, people have been willing to roll up their sleeves and get the shot, said Dr. Stacene Maroushek, a pediatrics infectious disease specialist at HCMC in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County Medical Center is a leader in ‘bloodless’ surgery
Star Tribune, 9/24/16
Dr. Daniel DiBardino didn’t have much time for niceties on Sept. 8 as he consulted patient Michael Anderson about the emergency cardiac bypass he needed. Anderson is a Jehovah’s Witness — opposed to donor blood transfusions — and DiBardino needed to know if he could breach that religious conviction during the procedure.
Maxx Williams’ cousin still has football dreams after boating accident
WCCO 4, 9/23/16
Mac Scheuble loves to fish, so that is where he was this summer. He was fishing Lake Waconia with a buddy when a wave hit the boat, throwing him overboard.
“Kind of a blur,” Mac said. “I just felt my knee just … I was in so much pain.”
The prop had cut his knee, and it was deep. His mother, Vicki Scheuble, was there by the time they arrived at the dock.
Spike in soccer injuries requires perspective
KARE 11, 9/12/16
A dose of perspective should be included with a new study on youth soccer injuries. So says the head of the pediatric intensive care unit at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Andrew Kiragu says not only has the popularity of soccer increased during the 25-year study, but so has the attention paid to concussions.
Good Question: What is pneumonia?
WCCO 4, 9/12/16
“Pneumonia’s an infection that involves the lungs,” says Dr. Mark Sprenkle, chief of pulmonary and critical care at the Hennepin County Medical Center. “It can be caused by many different kinds of organisms from viruses to bacteria to fungus.”
Jockey injured in Canterbury Park race
KARE 11, 9/6/16
Rusty Shaw was rounding the corner for home on Saturday when Canterbury Park officials say the horse he was riding, Classy Star, suffered a leg injury and sent both of them to the ground.
Five-year-old girl survives near-fatal farm accident
KARE 11, 9/2/16
“It’s a miracle that she’s made it through and is doing as well as she’s doing,” said Dr. Tina Slusher. A miracle with an assist from the doctors and nurses at Hennepin County Medical Center and support from around the world.
Five ways hospitals are improving the workplace on Labor Day and beyond
“There is nowhere to go in a hospital to just stop for a minute before you go back to your typical 12- or 14-hour day,” said Mark Linzer, director of the office of professional work-life at Hennepin. “The idea really is just to sit.”
Fairgoers help with brain injury research
KARE 11, 8/31/16
“If we have diagnostic tools that help us classify brain injury better than we can treat it better,” said Dr. Uzma Samadani, of HCMC, who believes brain injuries are one of the last major obstacles in medicine.
Flu shots at the fair: Health officials say vaccine is ready
NW Cable 12 News, 8/30/16
Located in a building at the corner of Cooper and Dan Patch, nurses from MVNA try to lure in fair-goers who wander on by.
“When I stand out in the aisle, I always say, ‘most fun you’re gonna have at the fair all day is your flu shot,'” said Melissa Beebe, a program manager for the MVNA.
Despite rising concerns over concussions, this doctor prescribes football
Star Tribune, 8/29/16
Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon and parent of a player, says a proper approach takes the concern out of the game.
Key points on avoiding brain injury
Star Tribune, 8/28/16
According to Dr. Uzma Samadani, a University of Minnesota associate professor of neurosurgery and an attending neurosurgeon and brain injury researcher at HCMC, these are three key factors to football and brain health.
Good Question: How much should we sit?
WCCO 4, 8/18/16
When a person sits, their heart is not pumping as hard, according to Natalie Ikeman, a physician’s assistant with Hennepin County Medical Center’s Golden Valley Clinic. Numerous studies have shown a sedentary lifestyle leads to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.
Good Question: What is rabies?
WCCO 4, 8/17/16
Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, an infectious disease doctor at Hennepin County Medical Center, said a person bitten by a rabid wild animal would receive a rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin immediately. They would also get the rabies vaccine shot on the third, seventh and 14th day after the bite.
Fox suspected in attack near Lake Harriet caught; woman grabbed jaws to free herself
Star Tribune, 8/17/16
Dr. Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, an infectious disease physician at Hennepin County Medical Center, said the vaccinations involve single shots in the arm starting on the day of exposure and then on the third, seventh and 14th days following the encounter. Before that series is an injection to help the immune system.
Hennepin County expanding home visiting programs
KSTP 5, 8/12/16
Healthy Families America is one of three home visiting services Hennepin County offers. The need has grown to where Hennepin County’s Community Health Board applied and was awarded nearly $3.5 million for a four-year grant. Program Director Anna Mueller says, the money through the Minnesota Department of Health will help expand their Nurse Family Partnership Home Visiting Program in suburban Hennepin County.
Nowhere to go, psychiatric patients languish in Minnesota hospitals
Star Tribune, 8/11/16
While waiting for less-intensive care, many of these psychiatric patients are held in locked units with little sunlight and freedom of movement, noted Dr. Eduardo Colon, chief of psychiatry at HCMC. “Most of us have the freedom to come and go,” he said. “We don’t understand how difficult that is to be confined to a locked space with locked doors.”
Minnesota hospitals ramp up efforts to battle physician burnout
Star Tribune, 8/6/16
“The system that burns out doctors doesn’t perform as well when it comes to patient care,” said Dr. Mark Linzer, director of internal medicine at HCMC in Minneapolis. “I think people have recognized that if you start measuring [burnout], start talking about it and develop some kind of modest infrastructure to oversee it, you can begin to make a dent in it.”
Hennepin EMS to run entire medical response operation at US Bank Stadium
KSTP 5, 8/3/16
“This is, in some ways, the same thing we’ve been doing, we’re just taking it to the next level,” Hennepin EMS Public Information Officer Mike Trullinger said.
Why are women losing the battle of the bulge?
Star Tribune, 8/2/16
Dr. Guilford Hartley is medical director of the Hennepin Bariatric Center and Obesity Program, where 100 surgeries for weight management are performed each year.
He sees many more female patients than men. Part of the reason, he said, is that women are more likely to seek medical treatment for a weight issue than men.
Shot pizza delivery driver makes miraculous recovery
Fox 9, 8/2/16
Andrew Gryskiewicz was shot and nearly died as he left his last pizza delivery stop the early morning of July 23.
Now, ten days later, the Dulono’s Pizza driver celebrates a special birthday as he’s discharged from Hennepin County Medical Center.
Inside Your Health Special: Food as Medicine
KSTP 5, 8/1/16
When thinking of how food affects health, the words “diet” and “nutrition” most likely come to mind.
However, food can also be used as a health care tool, similar to prescription medications or surgery. Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis is even writing “food prescriptions” for patients. Dr. Jon Pryor and Dr. Diana Cutts were interviewed for this special.
Delivery driver recovering from gunshot
KARE 11, 7/31/16
Andrew Gryskiewicz celebrated his 31st birthday Sunday. A week ago, it’s a birthday he almost never had.
Community paramedics meet and treat patients, work to keep regulars out of ER
KSTP 5, 7/31/16
David Johnson is a Community Paramedic with Hennepin County Medical Center. He meets those in need where they’re at, sometimes under a bridge in Minneapolis, or a home in Minnetonka, even a semi truck in rural Scott County.
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.
Is authentic global cooking possible in volume?
FoodService Director, 7/19/16
In Minneapolis, a city with a large Hmong community, the Hennepin County Medical Center serves new mothers a Hmong stewed chicken dish traditionally eaten after childbirth. When the kitchen first started preparing the meal, it wasn’t quite right, says Bill Marks, Hennepin’s director of food, nutrition and environmental services. “The herbs needed to make the dish truly authentic were not available,” he says, “so we decided to grow them on our patio garden.”
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
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.
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
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.
10 things you should ask your doctor on your next visit
Star Tribune, 6/15/17
“The era of the doctor who just tells you what to do — like Marcus Welby — those days are over. And they should be over,” said Dr. David Hilden, an internal medicine physician at Hennepin County Medical Center. “It’s good for both sides to be informed.”
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.
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
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
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)
“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
“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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Star Tribune, 4/16/12; Commentary by Dr. Donald Jacobs, others
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
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
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
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
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