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Muslim spiritual care offers comfort — and improves patient outcomes — at HCMC

For the last three years, patients had an additional resource: three Muslim spiritual care providers hired by Hennepin Healthcare. The care providers not only ease patients’ minds, but they have also helped reduce readmission rates for Muslim patients — by more than two-thirds in the hospital’s inpatient psychiatry department.

Number of COVID-19 infections grow in dozens of states, including Minnesota

“We always are concerned and there is an uptick, yes,” said Hennepin Healthcare’s Dr. Myriam Roby, who reports COVID typically declines in the summer. But not this year, as many people gather inside to beat the heat.

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Dakota, Anoka counties

According to MMCD, West Nile has been confirmed in samples taken from Anoka and Dakota counties. Hennepin Healthcare has so far reported one hospitalization.

“The majority of people have already been infected and don’t even know it, so they’re not at risk of a secondary infection,” Epidemiologist Dr. Stacene Maroushek explained to WCCO News. “There still are new people to the community, and people not infected before are at risk.

Manji Osifeso, MD – Internal Medicine, Geriatrics & Senior Care, Richfield Clinic

“I specialize in geriatric care because many of our patients are in that age range. I didn’t want them to be placed in the general adult patient category. By the time they get to an older age, they’ve faced many challenges and I want to make sure we give them excellent healthcare.

I’m thankful I’ve been able to work at HCMC and take care of a wide range of challenges cases. That’s what medicine is all about – managing both the simple and complex. You learn and grow from that.”

How to stay safe with dangerous heat expected this weekend

Dr. Andrew Laudenbach is an emergency medicine physician with Hennepin Healthcare. He says the ER often sees an increase in patients when the “feels like” temperature gets close to triple digits.

“It’s deadly serious,” Laudenbach said. “When we talk about humid heat, it doesn’t just feel muggy, that’s a real thing that can increase the heat’s effect on your body.”

The most devastating sleep disorder of all, according to an expert

“Of all the parasomnias, sleep-related eating disorder has the worst impact on people’s lives,” said Dr. Carlos Schenck, a professor and senior staff psychiatrist at the Hennepin County Medical Center at the University of Minnesota.

Hennepin County refines HCMC expansion plans

Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jennifer DeCubellis and other officials presented the latest plans for HCMC during an Elliot Park Neighborhood Association meeting last month. They hope to start construction in 2025 and wrap up in 2032.

Research for long COVID cures

Dr. Myriam Roby, Health Clinical Outcome Director for Hennepin Healthcare, joins Freddie Bell. She says research is ongoing for cures for long COVID. She encourages communities of color to be active participants in important and health discoveries.

Summer COVID cases on the rise

“Most of them do look like cold symptoms — although there seems to be more associated with fever and chills and things of that nature than you would see with a cold,” said Joshua Gramling, RN.

Sanford Bemidji hosts inaugural ‘Native Americans with Stethoscopes Camp’

Given Bemidji’s location among the three largest tribal nations in Minnesota, addressing an ongoing disparity of Native Americans in the health sector proved pertinent to Casey Dorr, an investigator at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute in Minneapolis and a Mille Lacs Band member.

Having been born at Sanford Bemidji, Dorr’s presence on Saturday was a seamless segue to his old stomping grounds and an opportunity to bring Hennepin Healthcare’s event to the Northwoods.

St. Paul nurse, breast cancer survivor, recognized with portrait at HCMC

Margaret Udo and her family gathered Wednesday morning in the second-floor lobby at Hennepin County Medical Center for her portrait to be unveiled.

Soon to be revealed at the downtown Minneapolis hospital was a painting in the style of Shuri, King T’Challa’s sister in Marvel’s “Black Panther” superhero comic books and movie, to honor Udo’s journey and survival of breast cancer.

School counselors, doctors praise “Inside Out 2” for normalizing children’s mental health and emotions

Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare, recently took his children to see “Inside Out 2.”

He says the film also offers life lessons for adults.

“I think it’s a great reminder for parents and families about how complex childhood is. For us adults, recalling how stressful that can be, and empathizing with that and being with our young people as they go through those emotions,” Dr. Subrahmanian says.

When a patient at M Health Fairview can’t afford food, Mang Vang can help

The hospital believes the program is the first food-specific, one-on-one navigator model in Minnesota. But it’s part of an expanding health effort to go beyond offering simple health literature, said Dr. Diana Cutts, a pediatrician at Hennepin Healthcare and a nationally recognized expert in the health impacts of food insecurity. (Dr. Cutts is not involved in the M Health Fairview effort.)

“We have learned, painfully, that giving families a printout sheet or pamphlet isn’t enough. Way too many don’t make the connections that we’d hoped they might,” Dr. Cutts said.

Why postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders so often go untreated

Perinatal mood disorders — such as postpartum depression and anxiety — are the most common complications during and after pregnancy.

Dr. Helen Kim is a reproductive psychiatrist and director of the Hennepin Healthcare Mother-Baby Program and Redleaf Center for Family Healing.


Teen loses life after Lakeville scooter crash, family donates his organs

“Let’s pause and bless this time of waiting and bless the gift of life Max’s body may give to others,” HCMC chaplain Sarah Lindberg said to the crowd gathered. “Max, you are leaving this earth much too quickly. … Help us to let go of your life on earth, to sense the heroic presence of your spirit and allow your body to be a gift of health to another.”

Erik Wilson, Max’s uncle, told the group that the family is grateful for their support. “He was a wonderful, wonderful person” who will be greatly missed, Wilson said.

Lakeville teen killed in crash honored with hero walk

14-year-old Maxwell Wilson is making his final journey to the operating room to fulfill his last wish of saving others through organ donation.

Friends and family dressed in red commemorated Max’s gift of life, along with a flag raising ceremony outside the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Lakeville community mourns teen after fatal scooter crash

Lakeville is grieving after a 14-year-old boy died in the hospital after being hit by a car while riding a scooter earlier in the week.

In Max’s honor, a crowd gathered outside of Hennepin Healthcare for a flag-raising, and a hero’s walk, before his organs were donated.

Teen dies days after being struck while on scooter in Lakeville

“Max, you are leaving this earth much too quickly. The machines are doing the work and we know it’s no longer you. Help us to let go of your life on earth to sense the heroic presence of your spirit and allow your body to be a gift of help to another, ” said Sarah Lindberg, chaplain at Hennepin Healthcare.

While parents tried to console their children, Wilson’s uncle thanked all for their care and support.

“We are grateful for it and everybody who showed up wearing the beautiful red he was a wonderful, wonderful person and he will be greatly missed thank you everybody for coming today,” said Erik Wilson.

Lakeville community mourns teen struck in fatal scooter accident who will donate organs to others

“Today he is going to become a superhero, which was his childhood dream,” said Chaplain Sarah Lindberg.


Good Question: Why do men have a lower life expectancy?

A couple of points stand out to Dr. David Hilden, Chair of the Department of Medicine for Hennepin Healthcare.

“For over 100 years, for pretty much the entirety of the 20th century, men have not lived as long as women primarily because of heart disease and cancer,” he said, adding that men get heart disease on average earlier than women, as well as die from it earlier. “The second (leading cause) would be lung cancer, and it’s almost exclusively because men smoked more for most of the last century.”