Positive Care Center gets top scores in MN Survey

The Positive Care Center at Hennepin County Medical Center was recently 104787781recognized for providing an exceptional patient experience in the 2015 Patient Experience of Care Survey.

Conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health and MN Community Measurement, the survey evaluated 765 primary care and specialty clinics using feedback from 200,500 patients. The Positive Care Center was one of the top 15 clinics for two out of four patient experience measures.

Dr. Nicholas Vogenthaler
Dr. Nicholas Vogenthaler

Dr. Nick Vogenthaler, the clinic’s medical director, was recently quoted in a Star Tribune article about the survey.

“A smile goes a long way,” he said. Read the entire article at http://www.startribune.com/ratings-reveal-minnesota-clinics-with-best-communication-access/323035851/

The Positive Care Center is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and psychosocial services to those living with HIV. The program provides education, serves as a community and family resource, and contributes extensively to the advancement of HIV-related knowledge.

Positive Care Center Staff
Positive Care Center Staff

Dr. Keith Henry: 30 years of HIV/AIDS care

Dr. Keith Henry
Dr. Keith Henry

January 2015 marks the 30th year of caring for patients with HIV/AIDS for Dr. Keith Henry of HCMC’s Positive Care Clinic. Since those early days he’s seen a dramatic change in treatment options and survival, including the introduction of highly effective – and often simple HIV medications – that can control HIV growth and generally prevent AIDS-related disease and death.

“These new medications, along with effective prevention and the development of multidisciplinary outpatient care teams have made a tremendous difference in the management and survival of patients with HIV,” explains Dr. Henry. “As a physician and researcher, seeing how these advances in HIV treatment and prevention have changed the lives of my patients is very rewarding,” says Dr. Henry. “The early years were very tough with many young people suffering a series of devastating complications of AIDS generally ending in their death. At times it was almost overwhelming.” Continue reading “Dr. Keith Henry: 30 years of HIV/AIDS care”