Hennepin Healthcare expands community testing for COVID-19

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Dr. Glen Hansen (left)

One of the first testing labs in the state to offer COVID-19 testing has expanded to more clinic locations and is now supporting testing in long-term care, shelter and other settings by deploying teams of paramedics and nurses to do onsite collection. This expansion is vitally important to bring testing to underrepresented populations in our community and reduce transmission and outbreaks in long-term care facilities, group homes and other types of congregate care settings.

“This information will help us identify where the virus is, how prevalent it is and where it’s going,” explains Dr. Glen Hansen, Director of Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostic Lab.

When it began testing for COVID-19 in March, Hennepin Healthcare was one of the largest laboratories at the time to offer testing for the virus. More than 200,000 tests have been secured and Hennepin Healthcare now has the capacity to test more than 1000 patients daily – helping to meet to Governor Tim Walz’ request that 20,000 daily tests to be completed in Minnesota.

Hennepin Healthcare offers testing to symptomatic patients from the community at its Viral Screening Clinic in downtown Minneapolis, as well as at its clinics in Whittier, Brooklyn Park and Richfield. Testing is also conducted on patients admitted to HCMC and the lab processes tests for several other healthcare systems, community clinics and correctional facilities.

“We’re getting rapid turnaround from our lab – literally getting results within 6-7 hours, which is crucial not only for screening asymptomatic inpatients but also for those with symptoms whose course of care is determined by this diagnosis,” said Dr. Hansen.

The lab also has capability to conduct rapid COVID-19 testing that turns around results within 67 minutes, and it’s the only hospital in the Twin Cities to offer a full respiratory panel that can rule out 16 viruses (including COVID-19).

Dr. Hansen says that the ability to simultaneous detect COVID-19 while examining other circulating respiratory viruses will become “even more important if the outbreak extends past the summer into the traditional respiratory virus season.”

The Microbiology Laboratory at Hennepin Healthcare provides a full range of services including diagnosis of bacterial, viral, mycotic, and parasitic infections, as well as extensive testing and reporting of antimicrobial susceptibility results.

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HCMC Richfield Clinic to move to Market Plaza

The HCMC Richfield Clinic in the Hub Shopping Center is expanding and moving to Market Plaza at the corner of 66th St. and Lyndale Avenue this fall. The clinic will double in size and include a pharmacy in the new location.

“The current location has served our patients well for 20 years, but we’ve simply outgrown the physical space,” said Scott Wordelman, HCMC Vice President Ambulatory Care. “Staying in the community was a priority and the new location meets the needs of our current patients and allows for future growth.  It is very visible in the community and only two blocks away from our current location.”

Richfield Clinic will continue to offer convenient primary care and specialty services, extended hours and Saturday appointments, and free parking. The new site will include a full-service pharmacy to serve the needs of clinic patients and the rest of the community.

“As we add new community and neighborhood locations, like Golden Valley and St. Anthony Village where we opened clinics in recent years, we also want to improve our existing clinics where we have a loyal patient base and we are doing that in Richfield,” said Wordelman. “The Market Plaza location gives us the flexibility to respond to the health care needs of the community while providing room to do even more, like expand our Health Care Home program.”

The new clinic will offer Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Certified Nurse-Midwife care. Services will include laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy. Patients will also have access to Primary Care Behavioral Health, a new model that integrates behavioral healthcare services in the primary care setting.

The Richfield Clinic has been caring for the residents of Richfield, South Minneapolis, and the south metro area since 1996. For more information on providers and services, go to www.hcmc.org/Richfield.

 

HCMC’s Toxicology Laboratory receives ABFT certification

TL 7The Toxicology Laboratory at HCMC is proud to announce that they have received the prestigious Certificate of Laboratory Accreditation in Forensic Toxicology from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT). They are the first laboratory in Minnesota and one of only five in the Midwest to be accredited by the ABFT. Continue reading “HCMC’s Toxicology Laboratory receives ABFT certification”