HCMC Clinic and pharmacy to open in North Loop area of downtown Minneapolis

North Loop Twitter graphicHennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) will open a new clinic and pharmacy to serve people living and working in the North Loop area and central business district in downtown Minneapolis.

“North Loop is the fastest growing residential neighborhood in Minneapolis and the people who live there have been asking for a local clinic and pharmacy to serve their health care needs,” said Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO. “This new clinic will do that, and serve a broader need for several sought-after specialties for people who live and work in the area.”

The new clinic and full service pharmacy will open later this year on the first floor of the Tractor Works building at 800 Washington Avenue North.

“This is an active neighborhood and this clinic will provide convenient access to primary care, chiropractic care and acupuncture services that neighborhood residents told us they want,” said Scott Wordelman, FACHE, Sr. Vice President of Ambulatory Care & Support Services. “We will also offer allergy and dermatology specialty care by board-certified physicians, as well as additional specialties, such as women’s health and sports medicine.”

The clinic will blend high tech and high touch, with top medical care and conveniences like online scheduling, personal electronic medical records and wellness, nutrition, and fitness programming for the neighborhood.

“Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of the whole community and this clinic, along with the rest of our growing clinic system, supports that mission,” said Pryor.
HCMC recently announced the move and expansion of the Richfield Clinic, scheduled to open in a larger, more visible location in Richfield this fall. In downtown Minneapolis, HCMC operates an employer clinic and multiple primary care and specialty clinics on the main medical center campus. Construction also is underway on a new 377,000 square foot ambulatory clinic and surgery center that will open in early 2018.

“Between the new North Loop Clinic and our main campus we are able to meet every health care need of downtown residents, workers, and visitors,” said Wordelman. “People can stay in one system to get the full continuum of care, and it’s all located close to where they live or work.”

 About Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center is a health care system that includes a nationally recognized Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center with the largest emergency department in Minnesota. The comprehensive health care system includes a 484-bed acute care hospital, primary care and specialty clinics located in Minneapolis in the Whittier, East Lake St., and Elliot Park neighborhoods and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. HCMC also offers home care and hospice services. HCMC is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.  More information at hcmc.org.

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.

 

New clinic and specialty building update

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Clinic and specialty building view from Chicago Ave. & 8th St.

On Tuesday, April 14 the Hennepin County Board approved proceeding with planning of a larger new clinic and specialty building for Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) than was originally proposed as part of the first phase of the new clinic and specialty building project.

Hennepin County Medical Center is consolidating its downtown clinics and specialties into one building for the convenience of patients. The new building, to be located between 8th and 9th streets and Chicago and Park avenues in east downtown, will offer a new, patient-centered model of care in an efficient and accessible facility, featuring expanded evening and weekend hours to meet the needs of patients.

The original plan was for a 322,000 square foot building, at a total project cost of $191.7 million to be built in the first phase, with the possibility of future expansion on the site.

“As we completed a careful analysis of our current needs and the volume growth that we’ve seen in the past two years, it has become clear that we would not be able to consolidate all of the clinics and services that are today spread across nine buildings downtown in the square footage originally proposed,” said Scott Wordelman, Vice President of Ambulatory Services.

Significant additional investment would have been needed to relocate and renovate up to six clinics that did not fit into the new facility.

The footprint of the six-story outpatient care center will now be expanded to accommodate a  367,000 square foot building at a cost of $224.6 million that will include all of HCMC’s downtown campus clinics, as well as relocation of its Comprehensive Cancer Center. This also includes replacement of the linear accelerator that’s used to treat cancer patients, which was due to be replaced.

The county will be asked to issue bonds to finance the project and the healthcare system will pay the debt service on the bonds from operating income.

“Understanding the changing needs and development in the east downtown area, this plan gives us the greatest flexibility for the rest of the campus as we take a fresh look at our facilities,” said Wordelman.

The revised plan is to break ground by November of this year and start seeing patients in the new building in December of 2017.

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UCare honors HCMC for delivering high-quality care

HCMC was recently recognized for achieving outstanding results in UCare’s 2013 quality programs

HCMC's Scott Wordelman and Dr. Jon Pryor accepted the award from UCare officials.
Pictured L to R: Scott Wordelman, HCMC VP of Ambulatory Administration; Dr. Jon Pryor, HCMC CEO; Dr. Russ Kuzel, UCare Chief Medical Officer; and Nancy Feldman, UCare CEO

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) was recently honored for delivering high-quality care to UCare’s Medicaid members at UCare’s sixth annual “A Salute to Excellence!” event on June 17. HCMC was one of 25 health care systems and clinics to be recognized for either for earning quality excellence awards in UCare’s 2013 Pay for Performance (P4P) program or for going the extra mile to deliver culturally responsible health services to UCare members and to reduce barriers to care for people with disabilities.