Psychiatry Family Resource Center opens at HCMC

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) now offers a place for anyone to receive information about mental health. The new Psychiatry Family Resource Center, funded by the generosity of guests who attended Hennepin Health Foundation’s 2015 Light Up the Night benefit, opens on November 1, 2016.

Located on the hospital’s Skyway Level next to its medical library, the Psychiatry Family Resource Center offers a welcoming space that includes:

  • Psychiatry-specific literature
  • Computer stations with web portal for easy access to online information
  • A DVD viewing area
  • An art piece by artist Vara Kamin
  • A volunteer-staffed welcome desk to greet and assist visitors

“It can be challenging to support loved ones living with a mental illness, navigating a complex system and finding the help and support needed,” explains Megen Coyne, RN, MS, senior director of psychiatry at HCMC. “Having this beautiful space where families and friends can find resources, share stories, and dispel myths around mental illness helps build a strong community of support for our patients.”image

Information regarding conditions, treatment options, current topics in mental health, local resources, and services available to patients and their families can be found in the Psychiatric Family Resource Center. All of the information provided has been chosen by health care professionals to make the search for reliable and accurate information easier.

An open house is planned for the public to view the Psychiatry Resource Center on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 2 to 6 PM. For more information about the psychiatry services offered at HCMC, go to

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HCMC invites public to topping out ceremony, steel plate signing


We are beaming with pride as we celebrate the structural completion of our new clinic and specialty building this fall. Your support is critical to our growth, and you are invited to participate in two special events.

On Thursday, November 10 at 12 pm we will set in place the last and highest beam during a topping out ceremony. This construction tradition has an ancient history and is still used today to acknowledge good work and progress. You are invited to watch it happen online at

Beams like the last one are vitally important to the new building’s structure, but its real strength is you. In the weeks leading up to the topping out event, staff, patients, families, and the community are invited to sign their name on a piece of the building.

From Monday, October 3-Friday, October 14, stop by the skyway between the Red and Purple Buildings between 11 am and 1 pm to leave your mark on a steel plate. We’re also taking these plates to our neighborhood clinics and other sites to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate. The signed steel plates will be installed as artwork in the new clinic and specialty building.

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5 HCMC nurses are finalists for 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year


Congratulations to HCMC’s five finalists for the 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards! They were selected from the over 600 nominees across Minnesota, including 40+ nominees from HCMC. Winners in each of the 15 total categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on October 14.

1.      Innovation and Non-Traditional Nursing: Alina S. Bailey, Clinical Care Improvement Manager

2.      Leadership: Steven Omodt, Nurse Manager, Hyperbaric Medicine

3.      Mental Health: Jodi Rogness, Staff Nurse, Partial Hospitalization

4.      Neonatal: Rosalind (Angel) Anderson, Sr. Staff Nurse, Lactation Services

5.      Staff Nurse – General Care: Carmelita Nelson, Staff Nurse, Diabetes Education

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Keeping a stick on the ice

Dr. Daniel DiBardino
is a double board-certified physician in both adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery – in other words, he fixes hearts and where they live – both big and small.

“Every heart is precious and I understand the enormous responsibility of caring for every inch of this important organ,” Dr. DiBardino explains, “that’s why I’m so passionate about providing the most advanced surgical care to all patients with heart disease.”

Using extensive training from some of the best centers in the U.S. including Harvard Medical School and the University of Michigan, Dr. DiBardino works with Dr. Domenico Calcaterra, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Care at HCMC, to provide cutting edge care to patients such as valve repair and replacement, coronary bypass surgery, ECMO, and cardiothoracic trauma care. He’s also currently completing advanced training at the Minneapolis Heart Institute in minimally invasive valve surgery and heart transplant surgery.
In 2010, Dr. DiBardino practiced at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he was featured in an episode of the TV series, Boston Med. But “Dr. DiBar” (as he was called on the show) feels right at home here in the State of Hockey – both on and off the ice. That’s right, he plays the sport and has already connected with some colleagues to chase pucks.


Ashley and Daniel DiBardino

“I’ve been playing hockey for 30 years, including in areas where it’s not as popular,” he says. “It’s great to be able to live and work in Minnesota where everyone knows the game and there are so many opportunities to skate, watch hockey and be a hockey fan.”

Dr. DiBardino and his wife, Ashley, live in the Mill District/North Loop area of Minneapolis with their Papillon-mix dog, Gizmo. When he’s not working (or skating), Dr. DiBardino enjoys lifting weights at the gym, taking Gizmo for walks, and finding new places to eat out for dinner. For more information about Dr. DiBardino, check out the recent blog written by Dr. David Hilden after Dr. DiBardino was a guest on his radio show. The post can be found at


Gizmo DiBardino


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Announcement of Vacancies on the Board of Directors of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc.

Contact: Tom Hayes 612-873-3337

Please take notice: A process is now under way to review and recommend candidates to fill up to four three-year terms on the Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS) Board of Directors, beginning in January 2017.  HHS, doing business as Hennepin County Medical Center, is a public corporation operated as a subsidiary of Hennepin County. Its purpose is to engage in the organization and delivery of health care and related services to the general public, including the indigent, and to conduct related programs of education and research.

Potential candidates will be considered by the Governance Committee of the HHS Board of Directors, whose recommendations will be considered by the full HHS Board. That Board will recommend a slate of candidates for these positions that will be forwarded to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners for its consideration and vote to either approve or reject the slate.

The statute creating HHS provides that members of the board shall possess a high degree of experience and knowledge in relevant fields and possess a high degree of interest in the corporation and support for its mission. Members shall be appointed based in part on the objective of ensuring that the corporation includes diverse and beneficial perspectives and experience including, but not limited to, those of medical or other health professionals, urban, cultural and ethnic perspectives of the population served by the corporation, business management, law, finance, health sector employees, public health, serving the uninsured, health professional training, and the patient or consumer perspective.

Interested persons should send a letter and their resume to the Executive Committee, c/o Craig Caldwell-Kirzan, S6, Hennepin Health care System, Inc., 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1676, to be received no later than Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

More information about the corporation can be found at


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Visit HCMC at the Fair for hands-on health activities, eye-opening research

cropped more state farijpgHennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Minnesota’s first Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center is at the Minnesota State Fair during the best days of summer with hands-on health activities in the Health Fair 11 Building, located at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Street.

The fun begins on the first day of the Fair when kids are invited to try hands-on medical play activities including finger casting, play stitching, ultrasounds and more. Daily attractions include Bernie the Rescue Dog, HCMC’s mascot, who will be at the booth from 10am to 2pm as well as MVNA nurses who will offer flu shots and free blood pressure checks.

One of the unique daily features taking place at HCMC’s booth is the opportunity to participate in the Minnesota Healthy Brain Initiative research study. Participants complete a questionnaire, then watch a music video while their eyes movements are watched and measured using a tracking camera.

“Data have shown a connection between brain injury and abnormal eye movements,” explains neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani, M.D., Ph.D., the Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for TBI Research at HCMC, who is also an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. “We’re so excited to have Fairgoers help with this research that will eventually be used to develop life-changing diagnostic and treatment methods.”

Dr. David Hilden, host of the Healthy Matters radio program heard every Sunday morning
on WCCO Radio will answer health questions from a live audience at the WCCO Radio booth on August 28 and September 4 from 7:30 to 8:30am. On August 28, Dr. Samadani will join Dr. Hilden on his show to briefly discuss the eye-tracking research.

For a full list of the exciting activities HCMC is offering at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair, go to

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Giving foot pain the boot

IMG_5199Linda Beaverson is an active runner, biker and long-boarder. When foot pain started affecting her lifestyle she knew it was time to get help.

“I thought maybe I needed to do more stretching, or perhaps it was from running,” she said. “So I checked on runners’ websites and I also talked to others who had similar symptoms.”

Many of the people she questioned said they had foot pain for months, and after trying tips from friends and website-suggested remedies, at some point they went to see a podiatrist.
That’s exactly what Beaverson decided to do. Podiatrist Dr. Kimberly Bobbitt examined her feet and confirmed the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. She prescribed stretching exercises, orthotics, and a splint for Beaverson to wear while she sleeps.

“Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that affects 10-11 percent of the population,” Dr. Bobbitt explains. It occurs when the plantar fascia – a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes to support the arch – becomes inflamed.”

Many people see their primary doctor first and then are sent to a podiatrist for care. Treatment depends on the severity of the problem, foot structure, and if the nerve is also inflamed.


Linda Beaverson has her foot measured for orthotic inserts.

“My foot felt better after the first night of wearing the splint,” said Beaverson, “but I want to be sure I’m doing everything I can to avoid further injury.” That’s why she also decided to get measured for orthotic shoe inserts by North Star Podiatric Lab, Inc., a company that does fittings weekly at HCMC.

“Our standard first line of care includes stretching, icing, support with shoes, orthotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” said Dr. Bobbitt. “I also make sure patients understand the importance of avoiding walking barefoot. In more severe cases or when the pain does not respond to first line treatments we consider steroid injections, night splints and physical therapy. In the most severe cases we will immobilize patients in a boot or a cast with crutches. Surgery is rarely needed unless a year of treatment options have been unsuccessful at reducing symptoms.”

Dr. Bobbitt recommends wearing supportive shoes with good arch support and not going barefoot (even at home) to help avoid the condition. Stretching the calf muscles can also reduce the risk for plantar fasciitis, which is common in pregnancy and for people with either low or high-arched feet.

The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Department staff at HCMC provide medical and surgical care of all conditions of the foot and ankle – including plantar fasciitis.

The Podiatric surgeons can also correct painful complex deformities of the foot and ankle and repair trauma including fractures and arthritis following neglected fractures. All of the staff podiatric providers have a keen interest in providing state of the art care in diabetic wound care and diabetic limb salvage. The providers work closely with many medical specialists at HCMC to ensure that our patients suffering from diabetes or vascular disease maintain their ability to walk and to keep their independence.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 612.873.6963.


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