Hennepin Healthcare is completing a major expansion in Brooklyn Park. The Brooklyn Park Clinic, at the corner of Zane Ave. and Brooklyn Blvd., has doubled in size, added more specialists and opened a physical therapy gym and an onsite pharmacy.
“People need access to specialty care close to where they live and our expanded clinic brings more Hennepin Healthcare specialists and services to the northwest suburbs,” said Dr. Teresa Barrera-Anderson, Medical Director of Brooklyn Park Clinic & Pharmacy.
It was anything but a routine Wednesday afternoon at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Brooklyn Park Clinic on January 9 when Alayah Lenow entered the world during her mom’s routine OB check.
“Our staff did an amazing job delivering this beautiful baby,” said clinic manager Brenda Kennelly. “It certainly was exciting, but the most important thing is that mom and baby are doing just fine.”
Birth attendants included certified nurse midwife Kaydi Novack, Dr. Rachael Rapacz, JoAnne Lucas and AhMarie Her.
Tiffany Hallick and her daughter were transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center and are resting comfortably in the Midwife Unit. Alayah weighed in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces and is 18-and-a-half inches long.
Three additional HCMC primary care clinics have recently achieved Health Care Home (HCH) certification by the Minnesota Department of Health: Whittier Clinic, Brooklyn Center Clinic, and Brooklyn Park Clinic. In addition, six existing HCH clinics have been recertified in 2012, including East Lake Street Clinic, the downtown Pediatric Clinic, Richfield Clinic, Positive Care Clinic, Aqui Para Ti, and the Coordinated Care Clinic.
A health care home or a medical home is a patient- and family-centered way of providing coordinated primary care for all patients, especially those with chronic and complex conditions. Care coordinators play an essential role in this approach. At HCMC, this role is performed by both community health workers and registered nurses, depending upon the complexity of care coordination needs. These care coordinators work closely with patients and families to manage all aspects of care, and are key partners on the patient’s health team.
“Health Care Home is a transformative change in our care model,” said DeAnn Rice, HCMC’s Ambulatory Care Coordination Manager. “It’s a journey — not a destination. It is only made possible with the support of leadership, providers, dedicated staff, and patient involvement.”
HCMC is re-committed to certifying all of its primary care clinics as health care homes.