Volume 25, Issue No. 13, March 26, 2012
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2012 Safety Culture Survey continues this week
On Thursday, March 22, HCMC began the process of assessing our safety culture
through the Safety Culture Survey. This survey is an important tool used to
maintain a safe and patient-centered environment at HCMC, and many patient
care and ancillary staff have been asked to participate. If you are included in this
year’s survey, you have already received an email notification from Press
Ganey, the vendor we have selected to conduct our safety culture
survey. The email contains a link to the survey site and your unique PIN
number to login. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please make sure to
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check your junk email folder. Over the course of the survey period, safety before April 6!
reminder emails will also be sent to participants. The survey ends April 6.
The survey will help us raise awareness about patient safety issues and identify opportunities for improvement. It is
a way for you to confidentially share your experience and opinions about patient safety at HCMC and in your work
area. If you were asked to participate, please take 10 minutes to login and complete the survey questions. We need
to hear from you! If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Anne Campbell at 612-873-3881 or
New TV ad for HCMC
“Better Health Together,” a new 30-second TV ad for Hennepin County Medical
Center, debuted on Ron Schara’s Minnesota Bound show last week. It is aimed
at people around the state who appreciate the outdoors and who may work with
HCMC as our partners in emergency, fire, police, and healthcare settings. The
spot features some of our referring cities and promotes our trauma services,
research, teaching, clinics, and other capabilities. You can watch it on channels
that air the Schara show in Minnesota and the Dakotas, as well as the following
cable stations: MSNBC, CNN, HGTV, FOX Sports North, Outdoor Channel,
Comedy Central, ESPN, and NBC Sports. It is also posted on HCMC’s YouTube channel.
Prepare a successful proposal for Innovation in Medical Education Grant
The third and final class on how to write a proposal for an Innovation in Medical Education Grant is scheduled for
Wednesday, April 4 from 10-11 am in room RL.110. Come learn some tips on proposal writing and get your
questions answered about this new funding opportunity for medical education and training initiatives at HCMC. Up
to $100,000 is available to award this year by the Hennepin Health Foundation. Applications are available on the
Foundation’s Info Oncall webpage under resources. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2012. You can sign up for
the class through My Learning Center.
East Lake Clinic hosts new family skills program for Latinos
Padres Informados, Jovenes Preparados (“Informed Parents, Prepared Youth”) is a new family skills program
sponsored by the University of Minnesota and HCMC’s Aquí Para Tí/Here for You program. The purpose of this
program is to help Latino parents meet the challenge of parenting adolescents and in doing so, prevent Latino
youth from using drugs. Classes start April 13 at HCMC’s East Lake Clinic, where the Aquí Para Tí program is
The program is family-centered; both the parent(s) and the child (ages 10 to 14)
must be willing to participate. Parents who participate will learn parenting skills
such as communication, positive discipline, and resolving conflict. For
participating in evaluative interviews, a parent could receive $90 and the child
$100. Classes meet every Friday for eight weeks. Childcare is provided.
Please help promote this program to families who may be interested. You may download the English flyer and
Spanish flyer to distribute. For more information, contact Ursula Reynoso, Youth Program Coordinator, at 612-873-
8145 or email@example.com.
Information Desks get new look and name
Welcome Services, previously known as Information Desks, is
committed to supporting an excellent patient- and family-centered
experience. A Welcome Services representative is often the first
person patients and visitors meet when they arrive at our
downtown campus. Their job is to help patients and families find
their way across campus, as well as to receive and deliver flowers
and packages for our patients and staff. In addition to the Red,
Purple, and Blue Desks, Welcome Services is also comprised of
the Here to Help Ambassador program and Valet Services.
To help create a positive first impression, Welcome Services has
made some recent changes – starting with their name. The Red
Lobby Desk has also been renovated, and the Purple Lobby Desk
is scheduled for a remodel this spring. In addition, Welcome
Services representatives are wearing a new uniform to help create Red Lobby Welcome Desk
a professional look that is easily identifiable to patients. Please
take the time to say hello to a Welcome Services Team member today! Welcome Services can be reached at 612-
HCI Fundraising $6 Sale!
HCI Fundraising will be in room BL.320 for a $6 sale on Thursday, March 29 from 7:30 am-5 pm and Friday, March
30 from 7:30 am-3:30 pm. Stop by to shop their unique selection of accessories and gifts from around the world. All
items are priced at $6 (some show specials). Bring you co-workers and tell your friends! There will be something for
everyone. Proceeds from this event support Hennepin Health Foundation programs.
Lucky winner and guests dine in hyperbaric
“Dinner in the Hyperbaric Chamber” was put up as a silent auction
item at HCMC’s Light Up the Night gala last December, benefiting
HCMC’s education and training mission. The lucky winner of the
auction item was an HCMC ophthalmologist who shared the prize with
his wife and four other guests on Saturday, March 17.
Patients “dive” at various atmospheres in the hyperbaric chamber to
treat critical medical conditions such as gas gangrene, carbon
monoxide poisoning, air embolism due to diving, trauma, or surgical
procedures, and decompression sickness. It is also an important
adjunct for specific wound healing conditions. HCMC’s hyperbaric chamber is located at 619 S. 5th Street in
Minneapolis. A new hyperbaric chamber is in the final stages of construction and will open in the next few months in
the Purple Building.
National Nutrition Month trivia contest winners
March was National Nutrition Month, and HCMC’s registered dieticians celebrated on March 20 with a variety of
activities, including a trivia contest! Congratulations to the winners: Raj (no last name), Christy Sexton, and Betsy
Grover. The answers to the trivia questions were as follows:
If you drank one 20-ounce regular Coca Cola soda everyday for a month, how many pounds of sugar would you
consume? Answer: 4.3 lbs
How many miles would you (based on 150-lb male) have to walk (moderate pace, 3 mph) to burn off the calories found
in a Starbuck's chocolate chunk cookie and Grande Java Chip Frappe (840 kcals total)? Answer: 11.25 miles
Professional Social Work Month
Throughout March as part of their celebration of Professional Social Work
Month, the Social Services Department has been sponsoring a Food and
Funds Drive to benefit the HCMC Food Shelf. Your last day to donate food
and funds is this Wednesday, March 28. Please stop by the O3 Cafeteria
from 11 am-1 pm to drop off your donations. $1 dollar donated buys $9 of
food and grocery items.
Everyone in the Social Services Department (see staff photo at right)
would like to thank you for your generous contributions of food and funds!
So far, they have collected almost $700.
Prom dresses and accessories needed for “Project Prom 2012”
On Saturday, April 7, low-income teens from the metro area will have the opportunity find their dream prom dress
and take it home – for free. “Project Prom 2012” is sponsored by the Brooklyn Park Women of Today, and through
April 6 HCMC’s Brooklyn Park Clinic will help collect gently used prom dresses to make prom dreams come true for
young women in the community who can’t afford a new dress. In addition, donations of the following are being
accepted: dry cleaning vouchers, dress bags, jewelry, shoes, hangers, alteration services, hair appointments, nail
appointments, etc. All donations can be dropped off at the HCMC Brooklyn Park Clinic, 7650 Zane Ave N, or in the
main lobby at the Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave N. Please share this information with any teen you know
who might need a dress. Call Brooklyn Park Clinic Manager Brenda Kennelly at 612-873-8919 with questions.
Sweating 2 Donuts top Get Fit Leaderboard
In Week 2 of Get Fit HCMC, Sweating 2 Donuts from HIM and Registration stepped
up all the way to the top of the Get Fit Leaderboard! This team is motivated to look
their best this summer and is getting their minutes by walking downtown on their lunch
breaks and being active around the nearby lakes. Their activity includes weight
training, running, pushups, and biking. Get Fit is a great way for this team to be active
and have fun while doing it!
Fifty-three teams totaling 375 employees are participating in this team-based physical
activity challenge, ending April 22. Stay tuned to Scanner Weekly to see which team
will step it up next week!
Group Exercise Classes continue – this week try Zumba or Boot Camp
HealthQuest invites you to attend any of the upcoming classes in the Group Exercise Sampler. All fitness levels are
welcome to attend, and best of all they are FREE. See the full schedule on Info Oncall This week’s offerings are
Zumba on Tuesday, March 27 in BL.320 and Boot Camp on Thursday, March 29 in O9.115. Class times are from
11:30-noon or 12:15-12:45 pm. Please wear comfortable attire and tennis shoes for all sessions, and bring a water
bottle. Classes will be offered through mid-April. Questions? Contact Julie Coe, Worksite Health Coordinator, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-873-3236.
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