Hennepin Healthcare Breaks Ground on Healing Center for Expectant and New Moms with Depression, Anxiety

Redleaf Center for Family Healing Groundbreaking 11-13-19The Redleaf Center for Family Healing, to be built on Hennepin Healthcare’s downtown Minneapolis campus, will offer mental health and relationship support to moms and families, on-site childcare, a teaching kitchen and more. The groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday, November 13, 2019. 

For Hennepin Healthcare, breaking ground on the Redleaf Center for Family Healing means healing and hope are just ahead for Twin Cities’ moms, babies and families.

About 1 in 7 mothers experience depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, according to Dr. Helen Kim, medical director for the Mother-Baby Program and co-founder of the Redleaf Center. Without treatment, the impact on a mother’s mental health can be devastating – and sometimes fatal. It can affect the entire family – including future generations.

The Redleaf Center will expand on the space and services of Hennepin Healthcare’s Mother-Baby Program. The program is Minnesota’s first intensive mental health program for pregnant and postpartum moms.

The Redleaf Center will support families through services that nurture the mind, body and spirit – from comprehensive mental health and relationship support to on-site childcare, integrative medicine, a teaching kitchen, gathering space and more.

“When a new mother is dealing with severe depression or anxiety – at this critical time in her baby’s physical, emotional and cognitive development – she may be unable to provide the care and attention her infant needs,” said Kim. “That’s why the Redleaf Center is so vital for children’s and families’ well-being.”

Today’s groundbreaking ceremony drew leaders from health care, the community and local government, including Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene, District 3. Families who have benefited from the Mother-Baby Program also attended the ceremony.

The Center is a $30 million endeavor initiated by a $10 million donation from the Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation. The ceremony took a moment to publicly announce a new gift of $2.25 million from the Pohlad family. Allie Pohlad, a member of the Pohlad family was in attendance.

“The Redleaf Center is at the heart of Hennepin Healthcare’s investment in the health of our community, and it is only possible because of our donors’ transformational gifts,” said Theresa Pesch, president of Hennepin Healthcare Foundation.

“Their compassionate and visionary philanthropy means that more moms across the Twin Cities will get the support they need to raise strong families. And we all know that strong families are the bedrock of strong communities.”

The groundbreaking took place on Hennepin Healthcare’s Minneapolis campus, at the future site of the new 9,000-square-foot facility. It will be connected to Hennepin Healthcare’s HCMC Purple Building on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Sixth Street.

“We see all kinds of moms – from across the Twin Cities – struggling to cope,” added Kim. “Treatment and care make a dramatic difference in the way they are able to connect with and care for their infants and themselves. It is absolutely lifechanging,” said Kim. “And soon we will be able to help many more families grow stronger together with the service and treatments they need.”

Redleaf Center building construction is expected to be completed in November of 2020.

About Hennepin Healthcare Foundation
The Hennepin Healthcare Foundation guides those in the community who wish to support the mission of Hennepin Healthcare to provide outstanding care for everyone, while improving health and wellness through teaching, patient and community education, and research.

About Hennepin Healthcare
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.

 

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Hennepin Healthcare leaders recognized by Women’s Health Leadership TRUST

Three Hennepin Healthcare leaders are receiving Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Awards. The TRUST is an organization with a mission to recognize and support women leaders who work in the health care industry and Hennepin Healthcare is well-represented in their 2019 awards:

Theresa Pesch, RN, VP of Philanthropy and President of the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, is receiving the 2019 Jean Harris Award. This prestigious annual award is given to those that support the vision of The TRUST to create healthier communities by realizing women’s leadership potential. It is named in honor of Jean Harris, who was a distinguished physician, politician and visionary with a long list of achievements.

Helen Kim, MD, Medical Director, Mother-Baby Program/Redleaf Center for Family Healing, is receiving a Leadership Award. This award celebrates a woman who is viewed by her team, peers, and superiors as an exceptional, imaginative, creative, and resourceful leader.

Susan Jepson, MPH, BSN, VP of Health Care Innovation is receiving an Innovation and Technology Award that honors innovative women who lead technological advances in health care that improve health outcomes and patient care.

The presence of three leaders on the select list of recipients is a point of pride for Hennepin Healthcare.  Pesch, Kim and Jepson will receive the honors at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Forum on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

 

 

 

 

Pinwheels for Prevention Award given to Mother-Baby Program

Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Mother-Baby Program‘s Day Hospital was recently recognized for its commitment to the prevention of child maltreatment through collaborative public, private, non-profit and local services effort by the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC).

The Mother-Baby Program opened in 2013. It was the first program of its kind in Minnesota, offering a range of mental health services to support women and families.

Each year, MCCC presents these Pinwheels for Prevention awards to community leaders in an effort to raise awareness about their innovative programs and to encourage continued investment in prevention and family strengthening efforts statewide. The pinwheel is a national symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention awareness. Over 225 Pinwheel Awards have been presented since 2003. Continue reading “Pinwheels for Prevention Award given to Mother-Baby Program”

61 HCMC physicians named “Best Doctors” by Minnesota Monthly magazine

Congratulations to the 61 Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) providers who were selected as “Best Doctors” by their peers and recognized in the October 2014 issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine. HCMC’s Best Doctors are listed in 38 different specialty categories.  For more information about each physician, go to www.hcmc.org/providers. Continue reading “61 HCMC physicians named “Best Doctors” by Minnesota Monthly magazine”