EMS dispatcher helps 9-year-old 911 caller get emergency care for his baby sister

Tom Polzin

Hennepin EMS Dispatcher Tom Polzin and Minneapolis 911 Operator Lori Patrick will be joining 9-year-old Rodrigo Sanchez Sosa of Minneapolis in receiving the “Local 9-1-1 Heroes Award” from the National 911 for Kids Program; in conjunction with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Convention on August 20 at 6:00 pm.

On May 5, 2012, Sosa’s baby sister was unconscious from a prolonged seizure, so he called 911. Lori Patrick received the call, and recognizing the severity of the emergency, transferred it to Hennepin EMS Dispatcher Tom Polzin.   Thanks to the calm, composed way Sosa described his sister’s symptoms, Polzin was quickly able to assess the situation and send the ambulance.  He then remained on the phone with Sosa until emergency responders arrived. Continue reading “EMS dispatcher helps 9-year-old 911 caller get emergency care for his baby sister”

New clinics opening in Chaska, St. Anthony Village

Contact: Christine Hill, 612.873.5719

Hennepin County Medical Center continues to expand its services with the opening of the Neurology and Specialty Clinic this week in Chaska, and a primary care clinic in St. Anthony Village in October. The Neurology and Specialty Clinic is one of a number of medical clinics and services offered by multiple health care systems at the Two Twelve Medical Center to provide convenient care for patients who live and work in the southwest metro area. The St. Anthony Village Clinic expands of HCMC’s network of primary care clinics into the northeast Minneapolis/St. Anthony area.

Neurologist Kevin Brown, DO will see patients starting Sept. 13 at the extension of HCMC’s nationally recognized neurological services at Two Twelve Medical Center, located at 111 Hundertmark Road in Chaska. The Neurology and Specialty Clinic will care for patients with diseases of the brain and nervous system, including general neurology concerns, headaches, stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA), dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, seizures, and neuromuscular problems including peripheral neuropathies and myopathies. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Appointments can be scheduled for this clinic by calling 612-873-5230.

The St. Anthony Village Clinic will offer a full range of care for the entire family and an onsite pharmacy with drive-through service when it opens in late October at 2714 Highway 88 in St. Anthony. The focus will be on providing patient-centered care to the entire family including prevention and wellness; and patients will have access to the outstanding medical and surgical providers throughout Hennepin County Medical Center’s clinics, including those on the downtown campus.

The two new clinics join Hennepin County Medical Center’s network of clinics in neighborhoods throughout the metro, including the Whittier and East Lake neighborhoods in South Minneapolis, Richfield, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park and retail clinics in Eden Prairie and Bloomington Walmart stores. These clinics, together with clinics located on the hospital campus in downtown Minneapolis, offer a variety of specialists downtown and in neighborhoods throughout the metro area. For more information about Hennepin County Medical Center’s clinics, go to http://www.hcmc.org/clinics