Hennepin Healthcare recognized as part of an elite, international group of ECMO Centers of Excellence

Heart/lung bypass system used to care for critically ill COVID-19 patients

ECMO Logo-02 (003)Hennepin Healthcare’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program recently received the Award for Excellence in Life Support – Platinum Level, the highest designation level given by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). This award recognizes programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having exceptional personnel, procedures, and systems in place to support critically ill patients with ECMO while also advancing the exciting science in this area.

Hennepin Healthcare’s ECMO program was also recognized for its excellence in training, education, collaboration, and communication supporting ELSO guidelines that contribute to a healing environment for families, patients and staff.

“ECMO is used to support the heart and or the lungs of patients until their underlying problem has resolved,” explains Hennepin Healthcare’s ECMO Medical Director Matthew Prekker, MD, MPH. “In the past months it’s been an essential intervention for critically ill COVID-19 patients who meet therapy criteria. To receive this prestigious recognition in the midst of an incredibly busy season really means a lot to our team and the entire hospital, and is a testimony to everyone’s outstanding work.”

ECMO is a treatment in which heart and lung function can be supported temporarily – outside the body – using a machine that oxygenates blood, removes carbon dioxide, and pushes oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. It’s often called a “rescue therapy” as it is usually initiated for critically ill patients when all other methods of treatment have failed. Doctors at Hennepin Healthcare can deploy this system in minutes at the patient’s bedside.

“For example, when COVID-19 patients become so ill with pneumonia that we can’t safely support them with a ventilator any longer, we consider all our options to save their life, which includes ECMO support for select patients. Patients with COVID-19 may need to be supported with ECMO for weeks at a time, but there have been a number of cases this year where our patient would have almost certainly died without ECMO,” said Dr. Prekker.

About Hennepin Healthcare’s ECMO Program
Restarted in 2015, Hennepin Healthcare’s ECMO program was designated as a Silver Level Center of Excellence in 2017 and now in July 2020 it achieved Platinum Level, which is the highest designation given by ELSO. ECMO is an essential part of Hennepin Healthcare’s Level I Trauma Center, committed to saving the lives of critically ill and injured patients. For more information, go to www.hennepinhealthcare.org/ecmo.

 

 

HCMC program recognized by America’s Essential Hospitals

HCMC recognized for work to improve health in the Latino community

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has been recognized by America’s Essential Hospitals for its work to reduce health disparities for Latino youth through culturally sensitive, integrated care.

America’s Essential Hospitals, a national organization representing hospitals committed to high-quality care for all people, including the vulnerable, awarded HCMC a 2014 Gage Award honorable mention for population health.

“Health care disparities among minority and other underserved populations is a persistent problem that requires creative solutions, such as those at Hennepin County Medical Center,” said America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH.

The Gage Awards, named after association founder Larry Gage, honor and share successful and creative programs that improve patient care and meet community needs. The Gage Award for population health recognizes activities that improve delivery, access, or value for specific populations in the recipient’s community and, as a result, have improved health outcomes. Last year HCMC’s  Coordinated Care Center was recognized for improving population health.

HCMC’s Aqui Para Ti (APT)/Here for You program is a family centered, clinic-based youth development program that seeks to reduce health disparities for Latino youth using a culturally sensitive, bicultural, bilingual, integrated approach. Among other achievements, upon completion of the Beck Depression Inventory – a rating inventory that measures characteristic attitudes and symptoms of depression – APT patients exhibited significantly fewer depressive symptoms at their final assessment than at their initial assessment, and those with scores of depression achieved a statistically and clinically relevant improvement at follow-up.

“HCMC is a national leader in population health management because of programs like Aqui Para Ti that are created with the community, not for the community,” said HCMC CEO Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA. “Dr. Svetaz and her team have developed an approach that works because it is culturally sensitive and it works with the family – both the teens and their parents – to address the factors that influence their health status. That is why it is making a real difference in the lives of these families and our community.”

Hennepin County Medical Center is a nationally recognized healthcare system that includes a Level l Adult Trauma Center and Level l Pediatric Trauma Center and a comprehensive primary and specialty care clinic system. The campus in downtown Minneapolis includes a 455-bed acute care hospital and many primary and specialty care clinics. Other clinics are located in Golden Valley, St. Anthony Village, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Richfield; and in Minneapolis in the Whittier Neighborhood and on East Lake Street. HCMC also has a retail clinic in Bloomington, an employee clinic in the Hennepin County Government Center, and a Neurology and Specialty Clinic in the 212 Medical Center in Chaska.