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Meet Sydnee from East Lake Clinic

The Trauma Healing Program at East Lake Clinic creates a healing environment by making changes to the clinic’s physical environment, hosting activities for patients, and integrating trauma-informed care principles into trainings and huddles. While part of the program is patient-facing, there is a staff-facing component of the program as well. The East Lake Clinic patient…

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2024 TBI Outpatient Program team at CARF accreditation

The best in brain injury rehabilitation

Congratulations to the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program for successfully completing their three-year renewal of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Accredited as a Brain Injury Specialty Program since 2017, this shows continued excellence in patient care and creating a positive impact on our TBI community. During its recent site survey…

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Protecting you and your community against measles this summer

Measles outbreaks are becoming more common in Minnesota and around the globe. As travel picks up, make sure you and your family are vaccinated to prevent serious illness.

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Ten years in, the Hennepin Health Access Clinic still does things differently

On a typical day at the Hennepin Health Access Clinic, Community Health Worker Mia Debbins gives a patient a new pair of shoes.

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Stephanie’s give-back

The love and gratitude of Hennepin Healthcare, and memories of her love for her parents, is what drives Stephanie to volunteer.

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From a Thailand refugee camp to a Karenni-American kidney transplant patient

Eh tells his story beginning as a boy in a refugee camp in Thailand to a kidney transplant recipient in America.

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“No other place has cared for me as well as here” — how East Lake Clinic is addressing health disparities, one phone call at a time

What would happen if every pregnant person was asked about the support they needed to get ready for their birth?

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Thanks for our occupational therapists who encompass so many areas at Hennepin Healthcare

OT helps people do the things they want to do and the things they need to do, through the therapeutic use of daily activities.

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A day-in-the-life of NICU Medical Director Dr. Cristina Miller

Dr. Miller had always known she wanted to work in pediatrics and discovered a love for the inpatient setting early on.

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Autism in children: What is it and how can you help?

Autism affects about 1 in every 36 children and symptoms can vary. Parents can help by talking to a provider as soon as they have concerns.

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Metaphor and life with a brain injury

It was a beautiful August morning in 2021 when Kris Kuehl was preparing to start her day working as an orthopedic physical therapist.

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Matthew Hector Wanda And Daughter TBI Patient

Matthew’s TBI journey, his participation in a research trial, and his reunion with those that cared for him

Matthew’s brain was severely damaged and was quickly swelling and they needed to perform a decompressive craniectomy

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Listen to your body (and somebody who loves you)

Will M. Smith was brought to our emergency department (ED) via ambulance after experiencing extreme upper abdominal pain

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Cardiology and oncology; the possible link between the two

Improved treatments for cancer have resulted in patient survival. Treatments, can come some side effects, many having to do with your heart.

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Homegrown HCA program creates opportunities in medicine

Thirteen years ago, Theresa Verhulst started working in the Hennepin Healthcare kitchen, serving food trays to patients.

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Why pelvic health is important in pregnancy

One segment of physical therapy focuses on pelvic health which can be thought of the trunk or middle of your body – your pelvis.

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How a NICU nurse is supporting her team and helping grieving families heal

Caring for the most critical patients gives me the greatest amount of joy as a NICU nurse, says Mai Stigen.

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Hennepin EMS pilots app that connects to an interpreter with the push of a button

When you’re experiencing an emergency, what do you do when a paramedic doesn’t speak the same language as you?

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Brain aneurysm patient puts pen to paper

In 2017, Megan Bacigalupo survived a near-fatal brain hemorrhage, while riding a bike. She shared her story several years ago.

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Giant spiders, brush with death prompt life-changing end to alcohol addiction

Brent said out loud to himself, “I’m going to die today.” He had a friend drive him immediately to HCMC’s emergency department.

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