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Hennepin County Medical Center’s Whittier Clinic and its downtown clinic campus will both be enrollment sites for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The 20-30 year study gives participants the unique opportunity to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that cause – or prevent – cancer. This understanding could lead to interventions that may save lives. Continue reading “Cancer prevention study seeks participants”
Every year, Hennepin County Medical Center creates something called a Health Services Plan, which describes our commitment to improve the health of the community and fulfill our mission as a public teaching hospital. This plan isn’t complete until we get feedback from the people we serve — and that’s YOU!
Please consider reviewing the plan and offering your suggestions by e-mail or telephone, or by attending the 2012 Health Services Plan Public meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis. Map & Directions
The Health Services Plan includes a report on our program activities over the past year, a perspective on the health challenges in our community, and a description of HCMC’s role in addressing those challenges going forward. Findings from the Health Services Plan are used in the organization’s strategic and annual planning process, to help establish priorities for developing programming that aligns with community health needs.
Three additional HCMC primary care clinics have recently achieved Health Care Home (HCH) certification by the Minnesota Department of Health: Whittier Clinic, Brooklyn Center Clinic, and Brooklyn Park Clinic. In addition, six existing HCH clinics have been recertified in 2012, including East Lake Street Clinic, the downtown Pediatric Clinic, Richfield Clinic, Positive Care Clinic, Aqui Para Ti, and the Coordinated Care Clinic.
A health care home or a medical home is a patient- and family-centered way of providing coordinated primary care for all patients, especially those with chronic and complex conditions. Care coordinators play an essential role in this approach. At HCMC, this role is performed by both community health workers and registered nurses, depending upon the complexity of care coordination needs. These care coordinators work closely with patients and families to manage all aspects of care, and are key partners on the patient’s health team.
“Health Care Home is a transformative change in our care model,” said DeAnn Rice, HCMC’s Ambulatory Care Coordination Manager. “It’s a journey — not a destination. It is only made possible with the support of leadership, providers, dedicated staff, and patient involvement.”
HCMC is re-committed to certifying all of its primary care clinics as health care homes.
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.
A draft of the Hennepin County Medical Center Health Services Plan – an annual report that describes the health needs of the community and HCMC’s role in serving those needs – is available to review at HCMC.org or a hard copy can be requested by calling 612-873-2271. The public is invited to provide feedback about the draft plan online, by mail, or in person by attending a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, 7 pm at Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis. Refreshments will be served at the public meeting. Map & Directions
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.
Continue reading “Whittier Clinic receives Silver LEED award”
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.