HCMC’s Burn Center reverified as pediatric and adult burn center

Nsg stationThe American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons recently completed their regularly scheduled site visit and reverified HCMC as a pediatric and adult burn center. Reviewers commended the Burn Center team on their commitment to excellence and providing quality burn care to patients.

In their summary document, reviewers noted a significant number of program strengths, including:

  • A patient-centered approach that fosters a true interdisciplinary team approach to burn care, manifesting in great communication and collaboration among services.
  • Excellent quality improvement programs.

The HCMC Burn Center is a regional leader with an inpatient market share exceeding any other hospital in the state. In addition, the Burn Clinic facilitates over 3,500 outpatient visits annually.

Firefighters for Healing to bring holiday gifts to burn patients

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Last year Firefighters for Healing brought fire trucks loaded with gifts for HCMC burn patients.

Firefighters For Healing, a nonprofit foundation founded by firemen who tragically experienced firsthand what burn victims endure, will once again spread holiday cheer to patients and families at Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Burn Center. Former Minnesota Vikings football player and national recording artist Esera Tuaolo will join the firefighters to help distribute gifts and sing for patients and staff.

“Our mission is to have a direct impact on the lives of children and other burn survivors by providing support and assistance in ways insurance companies and caretakers and family members are unable to,” explains Firefighters for Healing founder and former HCMC patient Jake Laferriere. “We work with local burn units such as HCMC to provide the resources burn survivors and their families need as they begin the long journey of healing.”

Who: Firefighters for Healing (FFH) founder Jake Laferriere and Minneapolis Fire Fighters

What: Firefighter’s For Healing will be spreading holiday cheer as they bring gifts to patients in Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Burn Center.

When: Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 AM. Minneapolis Fire trucks will be arriving at HCMC around 10:30 AM at the 717 S. Sixth St. entrance.

Where: Burn Center at Hennepin County Medical Center – enter at 717 S. Sixth St.

Firefighters for Healing is a non-profit foundation founded by a former firefighter, which provides financial and emotional support to children whom are survivors of severe burns. Through the contributions of generous donors, FFH subsidizes a variety of resources and information for burn survivors and their families, including: corrective surgeries; replacement of essential living items lost in fires; enrollment in supportive community youth programs; and financial assistance to local hospital burn units. To learn more about Firefighters for Healing, visit www.firefightersforhealing.orgfacebook.com/firefightersforhealing, or Twitter.com/FFforHealing

The Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Center provides intensive, acute, and rehabilitative care to children and adults from the Twin Cities and surrounding states who have sustained burn injuries and other complex wounds, including frostbite, necrotizing soft tissue infections, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, pressure wounds, and inhalation injuries. For more information, go to http://www.hcmc.org/burncenter

U of M wrestlers visit 8 y.o. wrestler grappling with burns

Tyler Schultz’ wrestling teammates in South Dakota are pulling for his speedy recovery – but a little extra “muscle” can’t hurt!

On Monday, Jumeetingne 15, four members of the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gopher Wrestling Team stopped by to meet Tyler and offer encouragement as he receives treatment for 3rd degree burns in Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Burn Center.

Sam Brancale, Josh Shupe, Zane Zeman and Nate Thomas brought Tyler a poster signed by the entire team and visited with the young wrestler and his parents. The event was covered by WCCO 4 News sports reporter Dave McCoy and aired Tuesday, June 16.

Tyler and Gopher Group
Sam Brancale, Josh Shupe, Zane Zeman, Tyler Schultz, Nate Thomas
Angie Whitley and Tyler
Angie Whitley and Tyler

“He’s such a strong kid and he’s made remarkable progress,” explains Angie Whitley, RN, one of the many nurses Tyler has won over during his 45-day stay at HCMC. “Having these wrestlers take time out of their busy schedules to stop by and visit Tyler is so very much appreciated – and I think they enjoyed it, too! Encouragement and hope is a vital part of the healing process for patients recovering from burns.”

In a few weeks, Tyler (who wrestles at 50 pounds) heads back to his hometown near Aberdeen, SD soon where he’ll continue therapy on an outpatient basis.

Eden Prairie’s Sam Brancale (junior) wrestles at 125 and 133 lbs. Josh Shupe (senior) from Marshfield, WI, wrestles at 141 lbs. Nate Thomas (sophomore) is from Mantorville, MN and wrestles at 133 lbs. Zane Zeman (junior) is from Avon, Ohio and wrestles at 157 lbs.
(Left to right) Nate Thomas (sophomore) is from Mantorville, MN and wrestles at 133 lbs. Josh Shupe (senior) from Marshfield, WI, wrestles at 141 lbs. Eden Prairie’s Sam Brancale (junior) wrestles at 125 and 133 lbs. Zane Zeman (junior) is from Avon, Ohio and wrestles at 157 lbs.

Visit HCMC at the Fair!

State Fair 2013

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Minnesota’s first Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, is excited to be at the great Minnesota get-together on the following dates this year:

Friday, August 23 – staff from HCMC’s Adult and Pediatric Burn Center will participate in the Governor’s Annual Fire Prevention Day in Carousel Park from 7 a.m.  until 6 p.m.  Burn care professionals will be on hand to offer injury prevention tips , answer questions about burn care, and give away prizes.

Sunday, August 25 –  Dr. David Hilden, host of the Healthy Matters radio program heard every Sunday morning at 7:30 AM on WCCO Radio, will be answering questions from the audience live at the fair. Join Dr. Hilden and co-host Denny Long from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the WCCO booth  located on Carnes Ave. between Nelson and Underwood Streets.

Sunday, September 1 – Healthy Matters with Dr. David Hilden will be at the WCCO Radio booth again for a live broadcast!  Meet Bernie the Rescue Dog and staff from HCMC’s Level I Pediatric Trauma Center from 7-9 a.m. Prizes will be given away to the first 100 visitors to the WCCO Radio booth beginning at 7 a.m. From 7:30-8:30 a.m. please join our live audience where Dr. Hilden will answer your health-related questions. The WCCO Radio booth is located on Carnes Ave. between Nelson and Underwood Streets.

Daily at the Fair  –  Make a difference every time you turn off your cell phone before getting behind the wheel.  Take the “I Just Wish”  pledge and be eligible to win a gas card.  Sign up at the KSTC-45 tent on Carnes Ave.

Firefighter’s Challenge supports HCMC burn patients

Raising money and awareness for burn victims at the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Center is the goal of the week-long philanthropy, Firefighter’s Challenge, sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Beta Chi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity. 

The annual philanthropy engages participating sororities in competition throughout the week, which began Monday, April 15. PIKE partners with the Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD), the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and the Hennepin Health Foundation (HHF) to run the events. Continue reading “Firefighter’s Challenge supports HCMC burn patients”

Burn Center Taps interest of Rock Bottom Brewery

Tuesday, February 26 from 6-8 pm
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
800 LaSalle Plaza, Minneapolis

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Minneapolis will be hot tonight (Tuesday, February 26) when they host a party from 6-8 pm to raise awareness and support for Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Burn Unit.

At its locations across the country, the restaurant and brewery  releases their seasonal Fire Chief Ale each year by recognizing the contributions of local fire departments and related charities like HCMC’s Burn Center. This is the sixth year they’ve selected the Burn Center, and it’s also the sole beneficiary of tonight’s charitable party in Minneapolis.

Representatives from HCMC, some burn victims,  and local firefighters will be present at the party selling donation slips for $1, $5 and $10. In addition, HCMC’s Burn Center will also receive .25 cents from every pint of Fire Chief Ale purchased. The party is open to the public and attendees can sample the beer and taste some of the new menu items offered by Rock Bottom.

Rock Bottom’s menu, which features “hot” items like fire-grilled chicken, smoked red pepper sauce and blackened seasonings, kicks off the restaurant’s national promotion that includes Tapping Parties the week of February 24.  A portion of sales from its new menu goes to local fire departments and related charities during this time, adding to the more than 2 million dollars the restaurant has already raised.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Breweries are polished,  casual dining establishments featuring guest-focused service, high-quality food and a unique selection of handcrafted, brewed on-site beers. The Rock Bottom menu features a wide variety of items including starters, house favorites, burgers and pizzas. Rock Bottom operates in 17 states from coast to coast. For additional details about Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery please visit: www.rockbottom.com.

The Burn Center at Hennepin County Medical Center
Serving Minnesota and the Upper Midwest for more than 30 years, HCMC’s Burn Center is one of 57 centers across the country designated by the American Burn Association as Verified Burn Centers. Comprised of an 17-bed inpatient unit and the Acute Burn and Wound Clinic, the Burn Center occupies a 16,000-square-foot space on HCMC’s downtown Minneapolis campus.  The highly trained, multidisciplinary Burn Center team works closely with patients and families in a supportive, state-of-the-art environment to meet their unique needs and achieve the highest level of functioning. Treating an average of 10 inpatients per day and 20+ patients per day in the clinic, HCMC’s Burn Center is one of the busiest centers in the nation. 

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HCMC’s Burn Center doubles in size to care for patients throughout Midwest

Open House 2-4 p.m. Thursday, November 10

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) announces the opening of its newly remodeled Burn Center, a premier 16,000 square foot facility designed to serve the needs of patients from the entire upper Midwest.

The expanded Burn Center is double the size of the previous facility and houses 17 private rooms with roll-in showers, tub rooms, family-friendly gathering areas, rooming-in options and other amenities that improve the patient experience. An ambulatory burn clinic is part of the new center, providing burn care expertise to patients who don’t require hospitalization.

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