NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, MD is returning to Minnesota to discuss safety in space and applications on Earth at the 15th Annual Preparedness Practicum on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Dr. Lindgren completed his medical training at Hennepin County Medical Center and was a member of NASA’s Expedition 44/45, serving as flight engineer aboard the International Space Station from July-December 2015.
Who: NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, MD What: Astronaut gives presentation on safety in space and its applications on Earth at 15th Annual Preparedness Practicum Where: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN When: Wednesday, February 22; presentation begins at 11 AM
Photography is not allowed during presentation. Photos and interview opportunities with Dr. Lindgren are available immediately following his presentation.
The Annual Preparedness Practicum is presented by the Metro Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition is conducted to enhance and improve the preparedness of Minnesota hospitals and healthcare facilities by providing education from lessons learned to providers and other members of the preparedness team. The educational experience includes review of didactic information relevant to the planning and care practices of all involved in preparedness planning.
NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, MD returned from his mission to the International Space Station in December, and now he’s returning to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for a visit – the Level I Trauma Center where he completed his emergency medicine residency. The NASA astronaut will meet with patients and staff on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
Dr. Lindgren is a member of Expedition 44/45 and served as flight engineer aboard the International Space Station from July-December 2015. He has many colleagues and fans at HCMC who felt immense pride at seeing their colleague and friend fulfill his dreams of space travel – many who watched the launch live at the hospital on NASA TV on July 22, 2015.
“It was truly amazing,” says Dr. Douglas Brunette, who supervised Dr. Lindgren’s medical training in the Emergency Department where Dr. Lindgren was also Chief Resident. “Words can’t even describe how exciting it was to watch the launch, and then to follow Kjell’s experience while he worked on the Space Station. He’s an inspiration to us all.”
Dr. Brunette was invited by Dr. Lindgren to be his guest to watch the launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and he chronicled the trip on hcmcnews.org.
“We are all eagerly anticipating his return ‘home’ to HCMC to tour his old stomping grounds and reconnect with friends,” Dr. Brunette explains. “Obviously we may think Minnesota is not as interesting as some of the other places he’s visited, but he’s so literally down-to-earth and appreciative of his training here at HCMC that he would probably disagree. We’re very proud of Kjell and look forward to the opportunity to see him again and learn about his experiences.”
He has a full schedule when he returns to Minnesota, but Dr. Lindgren will be available for photo opportunities and questions on Wednesday, May 25 from 2-3:30 PM while he visits areas in HCMC. Please contact Christine Hill, Sr. Media Relations Specialist at 612.873.5719 for more information.
Dr. Lindgren saying goodbye to his children.
Dr. Lindgren answering questions at press conference
official Expedition 44 crew portrait. Soyuz 42 (Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko, Scott Kelly) and Soyuz 43 (Oleg Kononenko, Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren).