River Falls Hospital emergency room nurse Ashley Svacina checks out an Ebola kit. The kits hang in all five emergency room bays and five overflow bays. (River Falls Journal)
[River Falls Journal, Oct. 23, 2014] Walk into the River Falls hospital, the clinic or take a ride in the River Falls ambulance, and you’ll be asked two questions:
- Have you traveled or been exposed to someone who has travelled to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea?
- Do you display certain symptoms?
If the answer is yes, you’ll be escorted to a room, put on a mask and then have to answer more questions to see whether the patient is an Ebola risk.
Read the full story online at riverfallsjournal.com.
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[Star Tribune, October 4, 2014] A patient checked into Unity Hospital’s emergency room with a fever this summer and then said five ominous words: I just returned from Liberia.
The Fridley hospital immediately enacted a public health protocol — isolating the patient, restricting access to caregivers wearing protective garb, and notifying specialists at its parent organization, Allina Health, and the Minnesota Department of Health.
A doctor soon discovered the patient had malaria, not Ebola, but the incident signaled the heightened state of readiness at Minnesota hospitals as they prepare for the deadly virus that has devastated parts of West Africa.
“Everybody is on the watch,” said Dr. Wendy Slattery, medical director of infection control for Allina Health, who said the episode gave her confidence that her hospitals are prepared for a real Ebola case.
Read the rest of the story at startribune.com.
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[Star Tribune, Sept. 30, 2014] Blake Brunner is one of the first patients to be evaluated for an “explant” at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
in Minneapolis. A final decision might come this week. And two other patients are lined up behind him.
“Pretty much any heart should show some signs of recovery” when given the opportunity to rest, said Dr. Benjamin Sun, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Abbott. “In retrospect, it probably shouldn’t surprise us.”
Read the rest of the story at startribune.
[KARE-TV, September 24, 2014] More than 300 survivors of polio gathered in the Twin Cities to learn more about the lasting effects of the disease and remember the revolutionary woman who helped them fight it.
The Courage Kenny Foundation organized the reunion of polio survivors the daylong event, “Life after Polio: Realities and Practicalities” on Thursday, Sept. 18. See the story at kare11.com.
[Today's Hospitalist, September 2014] Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Hospitalist Craig Bowron
, MD, is well aware of the storied tradition of physicians who are also writers; his Twitter handle, after all, is #billcarlosbills.
But readers of Dr. Bowron’s Huffington Post blog or his health care articles on Slate and in the Washington Post might liken him more to Dave Barry than to Atul Gawande, MD. That’s because while his subjects can be serious and his (judicious amounts of) data impeccable, he leavens most topics with a great deal of humor. (See “Ask your doctor if you’re healthy enough to have sex?”).
Read the article at todayshospitalist.com.
[Star Tribune, September 15, 2014] A minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery has become a competitive battleground for devicemakers who are racing to get new products into the market.
Open-heart surgery is still the preferred method of fixing a faulty aortic valve, but TAVR devices can be delivered to the heart through a small catheter tube snaked through an artery in the leg or chest.
Today the procedure is available only to patients with a high or very high risk of death from open-heart surgery, but industry boosters say it’s only a matter of time before the minimally invasive procedure is available to patients at moderate risk of death, potentially opening up the procedure to a wider patient market.
“I think it is realistic,” said Dr. John Lesser, a cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, which is a center for multiple clinical trials for TAVR devices. “I do think that in the longer term, probably the majority will be placed in the leg or in a small incision.”
The entire story is at startribune.com.
[KEYC-TV, August 19, 2014] New Ulm celebrates national recognition of its effort to eliminate heart attacks.
The Heart of New Ulm Project won a 2014 Nova Award from the American Hospital Association last month.
New Ulm Medical Center president Toby Frier, and Minneapolis Heart Institute project director Jackie Boucher, and Congressman Tim Walz were among the many celebrating the program’s success.
Dietitian, Rebecca Werner, said “You know it’s really great. Being from the community knowing what we do has a measurable outcome on our family members on friends and to be in a community like New Ulm and to see this happen is really, really great.” Watch the story on keyc.com.
[ABC Newspapers, August 15, 2014] Last month, employees of Unity Hospital
in Fridley collected outdoor activity supplies to donate to kids in the Spring Lake Park School District to keep them active for the remainder of the summer.
During a two-week drive, Unity employees donated 163 basketballs, hula hoops and other outdoor toys for kids enrolled in the Park Terrace Elementary School summer program in Spring Lake Park. Read more at abcnewspapers.com.
Photo by Sue Austreng
[Coon Rapids Herald, August 15, 2014] Adorned with signatures and messages of goodwill, the final beam of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy
was lifted into place during an Aug. 12 “topping off” ceremony at the hospital.
The ceremony marks a milestone in the construction process for the facility, a $30 million initiative due to open next summer.
“But it’s not just about a facility. It’s about the team doing the work, the employees, the physicians, the people providing the care,” said Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital, adding that once The Mother Baby Center at Mercy is up and running, “what we offer here will be like nowhere else in the north metro.”
Read more at abcnewspapers.
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[Mankato Free Press, August 19, 2014] Local health care and political leaders on Tuesday celebrated a New Ulm project that recently won a national award for its achievements in improving community health.
The Heart of New Ulm project received the NOVA award in July from the American Hospital Association. It was one of five projects to receive the award. The 10-year project is a collaboration of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and New Ulm Medical Center.
Read the entire story at mankatofreepress.com.