Hennepin Healthcare System CEO announces resignation

Today Hennepin Healthcare System Chief Executive Officer Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, announced his resignation. The healthcare system board will meet this week to consider John Cumming, MD, MBA as acting chief executive.

“It has been an honor to lead this outstanding organization for the past six years,” said Pryor. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such passionate, mission-driven people who are so thoroughly committed to caring for our community.”

Pryor joined Hennepin Healthcare System in April, 2013. Under his leadership the system expanded its clinic network by opening clinics in new markets and renovating and expanding existing clinics.

In 2015, the system added home care and hospice through the integration of MVNA and last year Hennepin Healthcare System opened a six-story, 377,000 sq. ft. Clinic & Specialty Center consolidating most of its clinics on the downtown campus into a new state-of-the-art facility.

“We are grateful to Dr. Pryor for leading us through this period of growth,” said Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, Hennepin Healthcare System board chair. “He is an innovator who helped the organization reconnect with the community and Hennepin Healthcare System is stronger today because of his leadership.”

A search for a new CEO will begin later this month.

About Hennepin Healthcare System
Hennepin Healthcare System is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and a growing network of neighborhood clinics. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 473-bed hospital, a large outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center, and a network of neighborhood clinics downtown and in the North Loop, Whittier, and East Lake Street neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. Hennepin Healthcare System has a large psychiatric program, EMS service, home care and hospice, and operates a research institute, innovation center and philanthropic foundation.  

 

 

 

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University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare Medical experts restore movement and autonomic function in patients with complete paralysis

Study demonstrates spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for chronic spinal cord injury

There are more than 290,000 people estimated to be living in the United States with a spinal cord injury. Previously, it has been shown that it is possible to restore some function to young and healthy patients within a few years of injury. Now, researchers show spinal cord stimulation can immediately restore some voluntary movement and autonomic functions such as cardiovascular, bowel, and bladder years after a paralyzing injury without any significant rehabilitation.

“This was an opportunity to use epidural stimulation, combine my background in mathematics, collaborate with people from multiple disciplines including biomedical engineering and set up a truly innovative trial,” said Dr. David Darrow, a neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a lead investigator for the E-STAND Clinical trial. He is also a senior neurosurgery resident at Hennepin Healthcare and University of Minnesota Medical Center. “We wanted to push the envelope for patients. Once we determined it worked, we moved on to knocking down other barriers to translation to patient care.”

In a study recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, Darrow and his colleagues implanted the first series of female patients who both suffered devastating traumatic spinal cord injury.  Both patients had no lower body function whatsoever and MRIs showing very little residual spinal cord at the level of injury. The two women were five and ten years from injury and in their 5th and 6th decade of life, which is much closer to the average patient with spinal cord injury compared to the work of other investigators.

“Enabling someone to move her legs more than 10 years after being paralyzed from spinal cord injury has been one of the greatest moments of my career, “ said Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery University of Minnesota Medical School and Neurosurgeon with Hennepin Healthcare. “I am grateful to my colleagues for their mutual hard work during the 2 years it took to get from idea to the first operation.”

In this study researchers expanded the inclusion guidelines of who could receive epidural stimulation.

“We believe that we are studying a population that is much closer to the general population of patients with spinal cord injury,” said Darrow. “We have opened the doors to so many more patients with traumatic spinal cord injury.”

“While we are excited for all this could mean for patients, there is still a lot of research to be done, both with this therapy and through other avenues, many of which we are studying at the University of Minnesota,” said Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Parr has an active translational spinal cord injury research laboratory at the Stem Cell Institute.

This work was made possible by a grant through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education SCI/TBI Grant Program and collaboration of an interdisciplinary group spread across four institutions.  The stimulation devices were a gift from Abbott (formerly St. Jude’s).

About the University of Minnesota Medical School
The University of Minnesota Medical School is at the forefront of learning and discovery, transforming medical care and educating the next generation of physicians. Our graduates and faculty produce high-impact biomedical research and advance the practice of medicine. Visit med.umn.edu to learn how the University of Minnesota is innovating all aspects of medicine.

About Hennepin Healthcare
Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system that includes HCMC, a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), as well as a large outpatient Clinic and Specialty Center and a network of clinics in downtown Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.

HHRI supports and oversees the medical research conducted at HCMC, where the more than 10,000 trauma patients are cared for each year. Visit hennepinhealthcare.org for more details about the comprehensive services and hhrinstitute.org for innovative research taking place at Minnesota’s Level I Trauma Center.

Contact: Krystle Barbour
Media Relations Manager, University of Minnesota Medical School
kbarbour@umn.edu
612-626-2767

Contact: Christine Hill
Sr. Media Relations Specialist, Hennepin Healthcare
christine.hill@hcmed.org
612-873-5719

 

 

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Independent external reviews of Hennepin Healthcare’s use of prehospital sedation released today

In the spirit of transparency and continuous learning, Hennepin Healthcare is releasing the results of independent external and internal reviews of the use of sedation by Emergency Medical Services and its Institutional Review Board’s (IRB) research review and approval processes. These reviews were conducted by highly credentialed bioethicists, and respected medical and legal professionals.

The full report can be found at www.hennepinhealthcare.org.

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Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

Hennepin Healthcare has been awarded LEED Gold Certification for its Clinic & Specialty Center that opened in March of 2018. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

LEED certification was achieved for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Studies have confirmed that the environment can have an impact on human health,” said Bill Howden, director of facilities and master campus planning at Hennepin Healthcare. “Following sustainable building practices is yet another way we can achieve our vision of transforming the health of the community, while at the same time doing what’s right for the environment.”

Achieving LEED Gold Certification is definitely quite an outstanding accomplishment for a site that was once defined as “brownfield” with past uses including a filling/service station, dry cleaning business, tin shop, machine shop, printing business, and light manufacturing business that was likely contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum products. While building the Clinic & Specialty Center, steps were taken to remediate the environmental contamination.

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Native and adapted plant species are featured in landscaping.

Maximizing outdoor open spaces, providing convenient access to public transit, incorporating environmentally friendly landscaping, and focusing on a healthy indoor environment all factored into the building’s LEED Gold Certification.

 

“The underground retention and infiltration system that’s installed beneath the ‘pocket park’ reduces rainwater run-off and recharges the aquifers,” said Howden. “And the building’s landscaping incorporates native and adapted plant species to preserve irrigation resources. They are simple strategies that integrate beauty and beneficial design.”

The Clinic & Specialty Center is Hennepin Healthcare’s second building to achieve LEED certification. Whittier Clinic also achieved LEED certification and was the first healthcare facility in Minneapolis to be awarded certification under LEED for New Construction at any level.

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 484-bed academic medical center, a large outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center, and a network of clinics downtown and in the North Loop, Whittier, and East Lake Street neighborhoods of Minneapolis, and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. Hennepin Healthcare has a large psychiatric program, home care and hospice, and operates a research institute, innovation center and philanthropic foundation. The system is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.

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Preemie “graduates” after spending entire 515 days of life in hospital

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Oliver Rodriguez-Ocampo has spent each of his 515 days of life at HCMC since his birth on July 20 of last year. To celebrate his “graduation” from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and now the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to home, staff at Hennepin Healthcare are having a graduation open house for Oliver from 11am to 1pm today. His “graduation” will include a cap and gown, cake and refreshments.

“We’ve grown awfully close to this little guy,” explains Katie O’Hearn, Child Life Specialist who was one of the organizers of the event. “As far as we know, he’s had one of the longest stays as an inpatient baby we’ve had here in at least 18 years. He’s got each and every one of us wrapped around his adorable little fingers.”

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital located in downtown Minneapolis offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care, including The Birth Center.

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Oliver got a visit from Jason Zucker with the Minnesota Wild before his graduation day.

 

 

 

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Hennepin EMS and Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Medicine offer first aid training for encampment leaders

Hennepin EMS and Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Medicine professionals are offering an overdose first aid training session for leaders of the south Minneapolis homeless encampment, as well as a few leaders of the broader American Indian community. The training will take place Tuesday, November 20 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center at 2pm.

Mannequin stations will be set up for a visual demonstration and discussion of basic airway techniques and use of Narcan. Physicians and Hennepin EMS instructors will be available for interviews after the educational session.   

What:              Overdose First Aid Training Session
When:              2pm, Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Where:            Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Who:                Hennepin EMS and Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Medicine

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The system is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.

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Decrease in daylight can cause anxiety about seasonal changes

Aerial drone view of wineyards fields from the top at the sunset. Drone Aerial View Concept.Autumn is the season of harvest, bright fall colors, sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes. It is also a reminder that winter is right around the corner. As the amount of sunlight continues to decrease, one might notice her or his energy decreasing as well. This noticeable drop in energy is not uncommon for us living north of the equator. Many also report an increase in sadness, carbohydrate and sweet cravings, as well as withdrawing from physical and social activities.

If you have noticed a few of these changes, you are not alone. Some may refer to the changes in mood that align with the seasons, seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It is hard to know the prevalence of SAD due to unreported cases, undiagnosed SAD, or the co-occurrence of SAD symptoms with other health conditions; however, an article in 2015 written by Sherri Melrose estimated that 9% of Alaskan residents have a SAD diagnosis compared to 1% of Florida residents. The data reported by this article supports the theory that regions in the northern latitude have a higher prevalence of SAD, and sadly, that includes us Minnesotans. Continue reading

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