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Why volunteers are reading to babies at HCMC

Neonatal nurse practitioner Kolleen Amon stops by the chairs huddled next to the baby’s Isolette. She’s spent hours talking to them about feeding and diapering and the special lights that help prevent complications from jaundice. Now she points to a book that’s propped up on a shelf next to a tiny hat: !Te amo, te abrazo, leo contigo! Love You, Hug You, Read to You! 

At Hennepin Healthcare, cultural health navigators remove barriers to care

Accessing health care is something that can be difficult for various communities for reasons that range from language barriers to distrust.

That’s where cultural health navigators like Sidney Johnson and Ashley Toledano-Solis come in. Both work in Hennepin Health’s Health Equity Department and help Minneapolis’s Black and Latino populations interact more successfully with providers.

Osseo Area Schools, Hennepin Healthcare partner for food bags

Christea Montgomery, a medical assistant who works in pediatrics, said assistants typically ask families if they are having trouble getting meals. If they say yes, they offer the food bags as one small solution.

“I think that healthcare is holistic,” Montgomery said. “We are treating not only physical ailments, but also socioeconomic and emotional, and things like that.”

Health care summit draws scores of American Indian youth to learn about medical careers

Organizers said 23 tribes from Minnesota and Wisconsin were represented. Such inclusion is crucial to Dr. Thomas Wyatt, Hennepin Healthcare’s senior medical director and a member of the Shawnee and Quapaw tribes. Wyatt said many of the young people had never seen an American Indian like him in the medical profession. They are not alone.

“There’s between five and six million doctors in the U.S., and 4,000 of them are indigenous,” said Wyatt.

Aida Strom, Hennepin Healthcare’s health equity community engagement program manager and a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation, said such disparities result in worse health outcomes for American Indians. Strom said Hennepin Healthcare serves the most Indigenous hospital patients in Minnesota, but more work could be done.

COLUMN: The role of medicine en route to the hospital

“Emergency medical services professionals know that when it comes to administering medications – whether in the back of an ambulance, the side of the road, in someone’s home, or in the many settings in between – there are several unique challenges that demand creativity and confidence in the prehospital setting.” – Holly Drone, clinical pharmacist in emergency medicine.

For many Minnesota women, postpartum depression’s grip is real, but care can be elusive

“I call it the perinatal perfect storm of hormonal change,” said Dr. Helen Kim, a reproductive psychiatrist and director of the Hennepin Healthcare Mother-Baby Program.

Husband gives wife the gift of life

“The coordinators at HCMC were amazing. The process leading to the actual transplant was comprehensive and thorough. My husband accompanied me to all of my appointments,” Cherida said with a smile.


Hennepin Healthcare workers crushed by cost of gunfire: “It’s a public health emergency crisis”

“All you see is young, previously healthy people in pain and suffering and scared,” Dr. Jim Miner said.

“There’s not one kid that doesn’t make it that doesn’t impact you,” Dr. Ashley Bjorklund said.

“It can be devastating and heartbreaking,” Dr. Kofi Fosu said.

“I feel like the general public doesn’t have any idea how bad it is,” nurse Daniela Morales said.


Hennepin Healthcare offers food bags to hungry patients

“I have never seen a patient say no to food bags,” said Nimo Ahmed, a nurse midwife with Hennepin Healthcare “They’re always happy to accept it, and many of our families actually need it.”

Good Question: How does a breast cancer risk assessment work?

Dr. Tony Severt, Assistant Chief of Radiology with Hennepin Healthcare said any score higher than 20% likelihood should warrant further testing. Olivia Munn’s score was 37%. That led to an MRI, then an ultrasound, and lastly a biopsy which revealed her cancer.

Hennepin Healthcare warns of heart attack risk clearing heavy snow

Felicia Ikebude, a nurse practitioner at Hennepin Healthcare‘s Brooklyn Park location, says they often see an increase in emergency visits after a heavy snowfall.


Why acting out in dreams may signal a health issue

“The brainstem has two linked nuclei that generate the protective paralysis of REM sleep, and when one of them, or their connecting pathway, becomes damaged, that releases muscle tone,” said Carlos Schenck, a psychiatrist at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center. “People can then act out their dreams.

Hennepin Healthcare’s Adventurama 2024 set for June 8

After a successful launch in 2023, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation returns with Adventurama 2024, an urban experience in downtown Minneapolis.

Dr. Behnam Sabayan talks strokes, from atrial fibrillation to TIA’s and more

Dr. Behnam Sabayan of Hennepin Healthcare joins Susie Jones to talk about strokes. He answers listener questions about things like atrial fibrillation risks to TIA’s and talks about Hennepin Healthcare’s new technologies to help in stroke treatment.

Hennepin EMS sets standard with ambulance patient weighing system

Hennepin EMS will become the first ambulance service in the country to equip its entire fleet with a weighing system, according to Charlie Sloan, the deputy chief of operations.

“A dream. It’s perfect”: Helium discovery in northern Minnesota may be biggest ever in North America

Dr. Grant Larson, a radiologist at Hennepin Healthcare, said the health system’s four MRI machines rely on helium to operate.

Minneapolis man learns importance of getting care after pancreatitis scare

“With pancreatitis sometimes you get this really aggressive inflammatory response, so his heart was racing and he was spiking fevers on and off during his hospital stay,” Dr. Dave Kahat said.

Are Hennepin Healthcare and the medical examiner prepared for large-scale emergencies? 

“We like to talk about space, staff, and stuff — or supplies,” explains Seth Jones, Emergency Program Manager. “So if we get we get inundated to the point where it overwhelms our capacities and our capabilities, that would result in a mass casualty incident.”

State of Emergency: How agencies in Hennepin Co. joined forces to train for threats

“All of us play a piece in that. And when one of those pieces falls out of line or doesn’t do their part, that’s when things start to break down. We all have to be on the same team,” Battalion Chief Tyler Lupkes with Hennepin EMS said.

State of emergency: how Minnesota hospitals, state officials prepare for cyber attacks

Yan Kravchenko, director of core technology and information security at Hennepin Healthcare, said his team manages more than 50,000 devices.

“Quite literally every aspect of health care at this point has some technology component to it, which is to say nothing of all the medical devices that we rely on every single day,” he added. “An attacker has to be right once, but someone responsible for defending our systems we have to be right 100% of the time. We have to always be prepared. It never stops.”