Dr. Michael Belzer receives Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award

Dr. Michael Belzer
Dr. Michael Belzer

The West Metro Medical Foundation and the Twin Cities Medical Society have selected Dr. Michael Belzer, Chief Medical Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award.

Dr. Belzer has served as HCMC’s Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer since 1990. He also serves as Medical Director for Hennepin County’s Community Health Department and Associate Dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to becoming Medical Director, he served as the Associate HCMC Medical Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Belzer is a practicing Medical Hematologist and Oncologist with subspecialty and specialty board certification in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Hennepin Medical Society (now known as the Twin Cities Medical Society) that represented over 4000 Metro physicians. Dr. Belzer is on the Executive Committee Board for America’s Essential Hospitals, and was the former Board Chair of Hospice of the Twin Cities and the National Public Health and Hospital Institute. Dr. Belzer is past recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award and he won the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University Medical School in 2004.

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Olympic runners meet when Kenyan delegation tours HCMC

A delegation from Eldoret, Kenya, known as the “Town of Athletes” visited HCMC on Wednesday, May 9. The group toured the emergency and radiology departments, and got a behind-the-scenes look at HCMC’s new hyperbaric chamber.

Moses Tanui and Fred Owusu

The delegation included 2-time Boston Marathon winner and Olympic marathon competitor Moses Kiptarbei Tanui who chatted with former Olympic athlete Fred Owusu, who now serves as Vice President of Human Resources at HCMC.

“Moses is the real celebrity runner,” says Owusu. “It truly is a small world — I never imagined I’d have the honor of meeting him here at HCMC!”

Minneapolis and Eldoret have had a formal sister city relationship since 2000 and exchanges have taken place in both cities.  In 2010 a delegation from Eldoret visited Minneapolis to study water treatment and distribution plus other topics, including planning and public health.  In 2011 a team of volunteers and members of the Minneapolis Fire Department visited Eldoret to conduct a fire and emergency response training.

In addition to an internationally recognized runner from the “Town of Athletes,” several physicians and other health officials were part of the 12-member delegation to Minneapolis this year.

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Annual Meeting for Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. on April 25

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Minneapolis Central Library’s Pohlad Hall located at 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.  The meeting will take place from 4-5 p.m.

Parking is available underneath the library. The entrance to the ramp is on 4th Street in between Hennepin and Nicollet Avenues.

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. operates Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis and primary care clinics in Minneapolis on East Lake Street and in the Whittier Neighborhood and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Richfield, and St. Anthony, as well as retail clinics in the Walmart stores in Bloomington and Eden Prairie.

Whittier Clinic receives Silver LEED award

First healthcare facility in Minneapolis to achieve Silver LEED-NC certification
Whittier Clinic, one of Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) five neighborhood primary care clinics, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The multi-specialty clinic opened in October 2010. McGough Construction was the general contractor and HGA was the architect for the 59,200-square-foot building located on Nicollet Ave. and 28th St. in South Minneapolis.

LEED certification is difficult for healthcare facilities to achieve because of their specific design needs, including stringent building code and infection control requirements. The Whittier Clinic is the first healthcare facility in Minneapolis to be awarded certification under LEED-NC (or LEED for New Construction) at any level.
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HCMC joins Minnesota Department of Health to promote National Infant Immunization Week

One factor that seems to be affecting immunization rates is that parents today do not have experience with the diseases that vaccines prevent, so they underestimate the consequences of not vaccinating their children… Years ago, before vaccines, parents saw first hand the ravages of some of these diseases. So when the vaccines were developed, parents flocked to them.

On Monday, April 25, a news conference was held at Whittier Clinic in Minneapolis to promote the importance of immunizing children against preventable diseases.