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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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Superhero Margaret Udo, RN

In 2022, Margaret Udo, RN, discovered a lump in her breast.  Her cancer turned out to be the worst kind of aggressive breast cancer you can have – triple negative Stage 2. She was nominated to have her portrait painted for the Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project.

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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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New Minnesota law gets stricter on child passenger safety

Minnesota has recently passed a new child restraint law which may change the way your children travel within a vehicle.

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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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Patient shares experience navigating cancer diagnosis with support of Cancer Center team and MyChart

“I had had a cold which turned into a cough, and I was feeling pretty rundown – I was afraid maybe I had a touch of pneumonia,” says Jim.

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Hennepin Healthcare receives NCQA Health Equity Accreditation Plus

Hennepin Healthcare is honored to receive two Health Equity Accreditations from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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Two Hennepin Healthcare teams recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association

The Minnesota Hospital Association awarded Hennepin Healthcare for Clinical and Quality Innovation and Community Collaboration.

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“I got the best” – Rick Smith’s story on how a primary care visit helped save his heart

Rick was active, a couple years post-retirement had played hockey and golf his whole life, and thought he was healthy.

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Allergic reaction takes her breath away, requires lifesaving ECMO intervention

June 22, 2023, is a day Jodie Straub does not remember, but one her sister, Dawn Thompson, will never forget.

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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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Mom and blogger participate in “the Great Kidney Swap”

Cindy Stotz is a 67-year-old with end stage renal disease due to polycystic kidney disease who has been on dialysis for more than four years.

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Candidates sought for the Hennepin Healthcare Board of Directors

Hennepin Healthcare is actively accepting applications of interested individuals in serving on the Board of Directors.

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Kim’s trauma and her contagious smile

A home invasion resulted in a gunshot wound to Kim’s head. She recalls her first memory of her long journey to her current state of recovery.

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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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Doctors at Hennepin Healthcare making strides to address mental health access and health equity

Drs. Vang and Hart are stepping up to make a difference in mental health by serving on the boards of directors at the national level.

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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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