Stories from the Field
It is an extraordinary time for our world, our nation and our state. We are honored to serve our community and to share some extraordinary moments of courage, compassion, inspiration, and generosity while we tackle the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Your support is our secret superpower. Thank you!
Don't take your organs to Heaven. Heaven knows we need them here.
Eugenia Steffens, Director of Transplant Services
I've spent the vast majority of my nursing career in kidney transplant. I joined Hennepin Healthcare in 1991 as a Transplant Coordinator. There are a variety of roles you can serve as a nurse in this field. You can focus on the pre-transplant efforts: confirming the ability of a patient to receive a transplant, providing education on the process, and monitoring their health while they are on the waiting list. Then there are the nurses who bridge the inpatient and outpatient process. They work with patients once they receive a transplant, prepare them for life with a new kidney, and bridge them to the outpatient setting. Finally, the post-transplant nurses follow the patient after discharge and for the rest of their kidney’s life
The Superpower of Generosity
- Over 1,000,000 of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as been donated including: surgical masks, N95s, homemade masks, face shields, gloves, medical hijabs and hand sanitizer.
- Donations fully funded a Convalescent Plasma Study launched by Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.
- 27,000 meals served to staff on the frontlines, keeping their spirits and bodies energized through this crisis.
- Patient experience has also been enhanced during this time with Ipads and NICview for virtual visits for families with babies in the NICU.
- Patient comfort bags offer supplies and activities for hospital inpatients isolated from visitors.
- Cell phone chargers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, and thermometers, help staff provide care for patients, safely, outside of the hospital setting.
- $42,530 raised during Firefighters for Healing two week $10K matching challenge April 27-May 8.
- Vaccine Mobile fully funded for 2021 thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
- Mental Health services expanded to clinicians with launch of Buddy Program.
Swapping Sails for Faceshields
Tim Carlson, Owner of Sailcrafters
Marines are known for jumping in first and responding to a crisis with vigor and with a plan. Ex-Marine Tim Carlson of Sailcrafters saw a need in late March, just as the COVID-19 virus was affecting his community. His plan, use the 630-pound roll of clear plastic in his shop, used to create windows in sails, for face shields to protect healthcare workers.
The COVID-19 virus is spread between people who are in close contact with each other or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The face shield, along with a face mask, is a critical piece of personal protection equipment (PPE). And back in March, there was a national shortage of all types of PPE.
Why I Give
Ella Roether, 15 years old
My summer trip to Israel with United Synagogue Youth was cancelled due to the pandemic. It was an adventure I was really looking forward too. But it didn’t take long to realize there was another purpose for the money I saved. I was watching the news one day and was struck by how little our healthcare workers were being supported for their dedication during this crisis. There was an image of a parade of protesters, angry about being told to stay home, being blocked by doctors and nurses. It was such a powerful photograph and really moved me.
I realized how fortunate I was to be able to stay at home, safely with my family, while healthcare workers were isolating from their own children and risking their lives to take care of others. After talking with my uncle, who works at Hennepin Healthcare, I become even more passionate about supporting Hennepin Heroes. Knowing that Hennepin Healthcare’s mission is to serve everyone, even those undocumented or without financial resources is awesome.
The healthcare workers at Hennepin Healthcare are working so incredibly hard. They should know there are a lot of people out here supporting them, loving them, and grateful for what they are doing. That is why I give.