CRITICALA Publication for Providers of Trauma and Critical Care Fall 2012
• Adolescent Brain Development and Chemical Use
• Minnesota Public Safety Service Awards
• Emergency Medicine and Trauma Update
• Water Safety Task Force
Table of Contents
1 Letter from Dr. Gipson
2 Adolescent Brain Development and Chemical Use
4 Minnesota Public Safety Service Awards
6 Emergency Medicine Education Opportunities
7 North Memorial Paticipates in Trauma Research
8 Water Safety Task Force
9 New Members of Trauma Call Panel
12 Partner Profile: St. Joseph’s Medical Center
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Letter From Dr. Gipson
At North Memorial we take great pride in being a well-established trauma center, providing
excellent trauma care to our community and the region for decades. North Memorial
became a Level I Trauma Center in 1998, treating both children and adults. In 2011, when
separate designations were issued for adult and pediatric trauma centers, we also earned
a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Our commitment to providing the very best care for
trauma patients will continue into the future with the same ambition it has in the past.
We are constantly trying to improve the quality of care we provide our trauma patients and
the community. This pursuit of quality means not only providing high-standard established
therapies to trauma patients but also being involved in cutting edge clinical technologies and
advancing the science of trauma and critical care through research. We are also prepared
and committed to caring for families members of all ages when the need arises, hopefully
decreasing the burden of hospitalization on the family as much as possible.
From a clinical perspective, recruiting well-trained and dedicated surgeons is key to our mission. We are pleased to announce
that Tracy Davido, MD, a critical care credentialed trauma surgeon, has recently joined our group. Dr. Davido will spend half
of her time at North Memorial and half with the University of Minnesota.
We have also added Jon Gayken, MD, a board-certified general surgeon with burn fellowship training, and Kamrun
Jenabzadeh, MD, a recently minted graduate from the University of Minnesota’s general surgery residency, to the trauma
call coverage team. We are looking forward to their innovative contributions to the care of our patients.
We remain busy from a research standpoint, publishing 15 articles in the last year. Much of this work focuses on the efficacy
and standardization of Massive Transfusion Protocols for trauma patients with acute blood loss. We have been privileged
to continue to work with Greg Beilman, MD, FACS, Chief of General Surgery and Vice Chair of Perioperative Services and
Quality Improvement at the University of Minnesota, who returns as our director of research. Through his work with the
national Trauma Outcomes Group, we are assured that this important transfusion research achieves national dissemination.
Currently, we are participating in the NIH-sponsored ProTECT III study evaluating the neuroprotective properties of
progesterone in patients with traumatic brain injuries.
At North Memorial, we are always striving to adapt new clinical treatments to improve patient outcomes and shorten length
of stay. One example is that we are offering rib fixation and plating for patients with major chest trauma who have suffered
multiple broken ribs producing a flail segment and flail chest physiology. We are trying to bring better care to patients sooner
by improving the resuscitation provided to trauma patients in the field by our ground and air ambulance crews. To this end
we have recently established a field protocol for air ambulance for the use of TXA, a drug that helps stop bleeding in trauma
patients by reversing their hypocoaguable state.
It continues to be an exciting time at North Memorial Trauma with lots of change and innovation. We look forward to
continuing to work with you and caring for your patients.
Jonathan Gipson, MD, FACS
Trauma Medical Director
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Adolescent Brain Development and Chemical Use
Most would agree that parenting is both rewarding and Medical professionals can have a great influence on
challenging. The good news is we continue to learn new underage alcohol use. They can talk to parents about the
ways to protect and care for children across the state. One important role they play in clearly stating to sons and
important message coming from the scientific community daughters that underage alcohol and drug use is dangerous
is the need to understand and acknowledge that children’s and not allowed. Teen perceptions of parental disapproval
brains are not fully developed until age 25 or 26. What are great deterrents. What many adults may not realize
does that mean? It means when a 14-year-old breaks his is that children say parental disapproval of underage
leg by riding his bike off a retaining wall and a caring adult drinking is the key reason they have chosen not to drink.
asks, “What were you thinking?” the answer is evident Those in the medical field can capitalize on this idea and
– he wasn’t! The decision was made in a split second encourage parents to take a strong stand.
without considering the consequences. Why? The brain
begins developing from the back to the front and the last In a statewide survey of Minnesota adults completed
area to develop is the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in October and November of 2008, the data point to
in planning, decision making and impulse control. Does the strong positive beliefs held by Minnesota adults
that mean children do not have these skills before age 25? about the healthy use and non-use of alcohol. This
No. However, it does mean they are still developing and research was conceived to have a perception of norms
perfecting these skills and need the guidance of parents component, that is, in addition to assessing respondent
and other caring adults. attitudes, they assessed respondents’ perception of other
Minnesota adults’ attitudes. If gaps existed between the
Due to the considerable amount of development during two, then evidence would suggest that even if respondents
the adolescent years, chemicals and toxins affect the brain individually support healthy use and non-use of alcohol,
differently in youth than they do in adults. Science shows they may not believe other Minnesotans have that same
that alcohol and other drugs affect young people more level of support. (Alcohol Attitudes and Perceived Norms:
profoundly than in adults. The brain goes through rapid A Statewide Survey of Minnesota Adults. The Montana
development and “wiring” changes during the ages of 12 Institute. LLC. Anu Sharma, Ph.D., L.P., Roger Svendsen,
through 21. Teen alcohol use can damage this brain wiring, M.S., C.P.P.R., Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D., Jay Ottom M.S.)
which is essential to becoming a mature, thoughtful,
responsible adult. Drinking repeatedly during adolescence This research is key to unlocking the door to discussions
and young adulthood can damage the brain permanently. that might take place in the home and across the
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Adolescent Brain Development and Chemical Use
underage alcohol use. Find out if there is one in your
community and offer to assist in their efforts.
Why do we want to discourage underage alcohol use?
Because it can lead to dangerous behavior, property
damage, and violence, including sexual violence. Keep in
mind that a person who starts drinking at the legal age of
21 has only a seven percent chance of becoming addicted.
Children who begin drinking at age 13 have a 45 percent
chance of becoming alcohol dependent.
It’s time to change how we all think, talk and act when it
comes to underage drinking. We need to stop accepting it
and to start discouraging it. It’s time to help young people
understand that it is not okay for them to drink alcohol.
The discussion needs to start long before youth start
thinking about drinking. (Surgeon General’s Call to Action
community. For example, the gap measured by the
to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.) It is not just
difference between perceived and actual norm was over 20
luck or hope that prevents youth from using alcohol or
percent on at least five statements. Two of the statements
drugs. Everyone can work together to create a community
where the gap was over 20 percent were: (1) It is possible
where young people can grow up and feel good about
to have a good time without drinking alcohol, and (2)
themselves without drinking.
Alcohol use is not essential for celebrating success. Each
item actually consisted of two paired questions asking: This article was written by LeeAnn Mortensen, injury
(1) the respondent’s own attitude about the statement, prevention coordinator at North Memorial and project
and (2) the respondent’s perception of the attitude of most director for Partnership for Change, a prevention coalition
Minnesota adults about the same statement. For example, that serves northwest Hennepin
the first question on the survey asked the respondent to County. Please feel free to contact
indicate level of agreement with the statement, “No one LeeAnn at leeannmortensen@
should be pressured to drink alcohol if they don’t want northmemorial.com for
to.” Question 1A asked, “And in your opinion, how do you additional information.
think most other adults in Minnesota would respond to
the same statement?”
What does this mean to you as a medical professional?
This means you probably have more professionals that are
in line with your values and expectations about
underage alcohol use than you thought. Of
course the only way to find out whether
others agree that those under age
21 should not be using alcohol
is to talk a dialogue with
your colleagues. Commit
yourselves to your
community in supporting
no drug or alcohol use by
youth. There are many
that work to reduce
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Minnesota Public Safety Service Awards
Minnesota Public Safety Service Awards Recognize Unsung Heroes
Acts of dedication and heroism occur often. But they don’t Sergeant Scott Downing received a valor award for his
always make the headlines. Through the Minnesota Public courageous efforts the morning of April 9, 2011, when
Safety Service Awards, however, individuals who perform he continued to pursue an armed robbery suspect after
everyday acts of bravery and courage are recognized, suffering a dislocated elbow and fractured radius bone that
bringing honor to themselves and to their community. required surgery and the placement of two pins to repair
it. Sgt. Downing eventually cornered the suspect and held
The annual awards ceremony, which started in 1984, him at gunpoint until other officers arrived.
was the brainchild of Doug Hoppenrath, an ambulance
director and public safety liaison with North Memorial The second recipient of the valor award was Roseville
who was deeply devoted to teamwork in public safety. Police K-9 Major, who assisted in the apprehension of
“Doug recognized that there were a lot of unsung heroes theft suspects after being stabbed multiple times, suffering
whose actions saved lives,” says Pat Coyne, director of a collapsed lung and sustaining numerous other injuries.
North Memorial Ambulance Service. “He created these Despite surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Major
awards to bring attention to people who risk their lives to was not able to regain the use of his hind legs. He is
help others.” now retired from police work and lives at home with his
partner, Officer John Jorgensen.
Awards are given to recipients in several
categories, including law enforcement officers
(at the city, county, state and federal level),
EMS personnel, firefighters and civilians.
There are award categories for
valor, honor and merit, with
specific criteria for each award.
A valor award is given for
the persistent and continued
application to duty after having
been injured or wounded so as
to complete an assigned task or
rescue, or unexpected challenge.
An award of honor goes to any
person who, conscious of danger,
distinguishes himself or herself
by the outstanding performance
of an act of gallantry and valor
at imminent personal hazard
to life, above and beyond the
call of duty. The merit award is
given to a public safety officer or
citizen for excellent and unusual
accomplishment as recognized
by superiors, fellow officers or
There were two recipients of the
valor award in the most recent
safety awards presented last
November. Minneapolis Police
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Minnesota Public Safety Service Awards
Awards of honor were given to: Merit awards were given to:
Brad Beebe, Jr. (civilian) Jake Kauppila (civilian) Gary Frodermann (civilian) Jeremy Nerem (civilian)
Woodbury, MN Salt Lake City, UT Magnolia, MN Lamberton, MN
Jared Bekkala (civilian) Jackson Mask (civilian) Bruce Hildebrandt (EMS) Lisa Powell (civilian)
Dassel, MN St. Paul, MN Cambridge, MN U of MN, MN
Olivia Burns (civilian) Peter Reineke (civilian) Andrea Johnston (civilian) Deb Prillaman (civilian)
Alexandria, MN Waconia, MN U of MN, MN St. Michael, MN
Jeremy Hastings (civilian) Chase Riutta (civilian) Matt Kaderlik (civilian) Ken Prillaman (civilian)
Wyoming, MN Missoula, MT Madison, MN St. Michael, MN
Christopher Hoard Austin Wark (civilian) Jon Kellemeyn (civilian) Chelsey Radermacher (civilian)
(law enforcement) St. Paul, MN Woodstock, MN St. Michael, MN
Big Lake, MN
Sara Ahlquist (fire) Jim Lundeen (fire) Josh Ripley (civilian)
Rob Jarrett Minnetonka, MN Minnetonka, MN Andover, MN
Zumbrota, MN Kim Barrett (civilian) Lynn Mennis (civilian) Nate Rose (civilian)
U of MN, MN Brookings, SD U of MN, MN
Carl Kauppila (civilian)
Cottage Grove, MN
The merit awards given to firefighters Sara Ahlquist and are being done,” says Coyne. “I’m grateful that North
Jim Lundeen were for the “What If?” program they started Memorial (host of the safety awards) still assigns value
for the City of Minnetonka. They have made more than and recognizes these good deeds.”
200 presentations on subjects including fire prevention
and safety and participated in multiple public relations Applications nominating an individual or group of
events around the Twin Cities. They have also started a individuals for a Minnesota Public Safety Service Award
program to help residents with disabilities obtain needed are accepted from anywhere in Minnesota. Events leading
lift assists and an “After the Fire” program to provide to the nomination must have occurred between September
residents with resources and information who have 15 of last year and September 14 of this year. Applications
suffered a fire. must be postmarked by October 1 to be considered for this
“With so many negative news stories in the news, it’s
refreshing to bring attention to the good things that
To submit a candidate for award consideration, nominators should complete a printable application from the
North Memorial website, attach any applicable reports, newspaper articles, etc., and mail to: Public Safety
Services, North Memorial Ambulance Service, 4501 68th Ave. N., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.
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Emergency Medicine Education Opportunities
Emergency Medicine and Trauma Update: Beyond the Golden Hour
Course Information Preliminary program includes hot topics in:
Thursday, November 15, 2012 • Disaster Management
Crowne Plaza St. Paul, Riverfront Hotel, • Initial Burn Care
St. Paul, Minnesota • Pediatric Pearls
• Hot Topics from Recent Meetings
Sponsored by the Surgery and Emergency Medicine • Key Papers in 2012
Departments of Regions Hospital, Hennepin County
Medical Center, North Memorial Medical Center, Mayo New This Year:
Clinic, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, Pre-conference Workshop
University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview, Wednesday, November 14, 2012
along with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and
HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. Location
HealthPartners Simulation and Learning Center,
Featuring: Regions Hospital, St. Paul
• Plenary Sessions
• Parallel Curricular Tracks For more information
• Hands-on Breakout Sessions For more information about the conference,
please call (952) 883-6225 or visit
• Knowledge You Can Use on Your Next Shift continuing-education/CNTRB_033088.
• What to Do in the Initial Hours Caring for
Your Injured Patient
2012 Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) October 22-23, 2012
This program was developed by the American College of Registration: You may register online at http://www.
Surgeons Committee on Trauma and designed to assist northmemorial.com/professionaledu/
physicians in providing the first hour of emergency care to cme.cfm or by calling North Memorial
trauma patients. Training combines didactic lectures and EMS Education at (763) 520-5451.
practical skill stations, allowing time to perfect skills in the Course Location: North Memorial Education Center, 3500
initial assessment, management and stabilization of phases France Ave. North, Robbinsdale, MN.
of trauma patients. At the conclusion of the program, Parking is free.
participants should be able to:
Sponsored by: Section of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
1. Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
Presented by: Minnesota Committee on Trauma
2. Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority & North Memorial Medical Center,
3. Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s Emergency Medical Services Education
4. Arrange appropriately for the patient’s definitive care
5. Ensure that optimum care is provided The Long Hot Summer:
A Conference on Trauma and Emergency Care
March 8-9, 2013,
The ATLS course includes a surgical skills practicum.
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (formerly the Northland Inn)
• Initial Assessment & Management North Memorial will present the 24th annual conference
• Airway & Ventilatory Management on trauma and emergency care. The conference includes
educational sessions designed to meet required hours for all
levels of EMTs. Jason Dush, national EMS speaker, firefighter
• Thoracic & Abdominal Trauma and paramedic, returns by popular demand. Brochures will be
• Head & Spine Trauma mailed out in November. For questions, or to be added to the
• Musculoskeletal Trauma mailing list, please email email@example.com.
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North Memorial Trauma Research
North Memorial Trauma Service is participating in a NIH
sponsored, multicenter clinical study called ProTECT III
(Progesterone for Traumatic Brain Injury: Experimental Clinical
Treatment). The purpose of this study is to see if progesterone,
a naturally occurring hormone found in our bodies thought
to have powerful neuroprotective properties, is effective in
decreasing brain damage from traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Multiple animal studies suggest that progesterone given after
TBI results in less brain damage. The ProTECT III study will
further test these findings to determine how effective this
treatment is in adults with moderate to severe TBI. Patients
will be followed for six months following their brain injury to
determine if IV progesterone, along with standard TBI care,
will improve outcomes compared to standard care alone.
There are 35 Level 1 trauma centers participating in this
study nationwide. To date, 560 patients have been enrolled
with the final number of patients required to complete
the study being 1140.
Inclusion criteria include age of 18 years or older, blunt TBI with
a Glasgow Coma Scale between 4 and 12, and the ability to start
the study drug in the emergency department within four hours
of the time of injury. Some of the exclusion criteria include
pregnancy, breast or reproductive cancers, elevated blood alcohol
of greater than .250, and prolonged hemodynamic instability.
No new treatment has been approved for acute TBI in over 30
years. We are hopeful that by participating in this research a new
treatment will be found.
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Water Safety Task Force
Water Safety Task Force Leads Drowning Prevention Efforts
The Twin Cities Metro Water Safety Task Force, led by was shown to the participants. This was followed by a
North Memorial, originally came together in response demonstration by instructors from Foss Swim School.
to the record number of drownings in 2011. The initial
goal was to raise awareness and provide education around Residents learned how to recognize a drowning victim.
water safety to those at apartment complexes. Apartment Drowning is a silent occurrence. People do not yell for
complex pools are a common location for drownings help, splash their arms or make noise. Instead, they go
because people using pools often do not know how to under quickly, lose the air from their lungs and sink to
swim or cannot swim well. Pools may also be open when the bottom. The residents were instructed to call 911 and
apartment offices are closed, making it more challenging were also taught how to use the safety equipment that is
to get help. In addition, although it should be considered required at every pool. The task force is now working on
a second line of defense, most of these pools do not have an online toolkit that can be available to anyone.
lifeguards. The Twin Cities Metro Water Safety Task Force consists of
To address those needs the task force developed a pilot ten partners: North Memorial, Abbey’s Hope Charitable
program consisting of poolside events. The goal was Foundation, Brooklyn Center Police Department,
to educate people on what drowning looks like, what Brooklyn Park Police Department, Foss Swim School,
to do (and not do) when someone in the water is in Hennepin County Sheriff ’s Office, Minnesota Department
trouble, and how to use safety equipment. First, a short of Natural Resources, Plymouth Fire Department, Safe
video, developed by Brooklyn Park Police Department, Kids Northwest Metro Minneapolis and Swimmunity.
Seth Witthuhn Becomes New Resource Educator
Seth Witthuhn, new gained experience in cardiac intensive care and critical care
resource educator for intensive care.
North Memorial Air
Care and critical care Seth joined North Memorial Air Care as a flight nurse in
services, brings a range 2007 and later became a unit shift coordinator. He became
of varied experience to resource educator in March 2012.
a most important role. “I’m looking forward to developing air care and critical
His background as a care programs for continuing education, new employees
paramedic, registered and ongoing education for our five air care bases,” says
nurse and flight nurse Seth. His experience managing patient care from the
makes him uniquely perspective of pre-hospital, in hospital, and medical
suited to provide transport (from small hospitals to large hospitals) will
education and training bring an overall perspective to patient care.
for all levels of flight
medicine and critical care Seth will also play a large role in helping North Memorial
ground transport. Air Care become certified by the Commission on
Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS)
Seth began his career as a paramedic working in both by coordinating and integrating education. CAMTS is
Brainerd and Alexandria. After five years as a paramedic, dedicated to improving the quality of patient care and
he attended nursing school, eventually working as a safety of the transport environment for services providing
registered nurse in Fargo with Essentia Health, where he rotor wing, fixed wing and ground transport systems.
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New Members of Trauma Call Panel
Jon Gayken, MD Kamrun Jenabzadeh, MD
Dr. Gayken grew up in St. Dr. Jenabzadeh was born in
Cloud, Minn. He attended Tehran, Iran. He grew up in
St Cloud State University, Houston, Texas from the age
where he studied Biology of seven and earned his B.S.
and Chemistry with a minor degree from the Honors College
in Human Relations. He at the University of Houston
attended medical school at the in 2001. He earned his medical
University of Minnesota. Dr. degree from the Texas Tech
Gayken completed his surgical University Health Sciences
residency at Hennepin County Center (Lubbock, TX) in 2005.
Medical Center and a burn Dr. Jenabzadeh completed his
fellowship at the University residency in General Surgery
of Washington at Harborview at the University of Minnesota
in Seattle, Wash. He is board certified in General Surgery School of Medicine in 2012, which included two years of
and is currently in the Surgical Critical Care fellowship clinic research in the Burn Center at Regions Hospital in
program at the University of Minnesota with plans of St. Paul. He is interested in all aspects of general surgery
expanding his practice to burns, trauma and critical care. with a special focus on laparoscopy, breast and colorectal
Dr. Gayken’s research interests include surgical infectious oncology, and complex hernias. Dr. Kenabzadeh is
disease, hypertrophic ossification in burn patients, and dedicated to the use of expert and compassionate surgical
telemedicine as it pertains to the regionalization of trauma approach to the total care of the patient.
and burn care.
North Memorial Welcomes New Trauma Surgeon,
Tracy Davido, MD
Dr. Davido is a 1993 graduate of Cleveland State University in Business Administration. She
received her medical degree in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. She
completed her surgical residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus,
Ohio, along with an Acute Care fellowship and a Surgical Critical Care fellowship. Dr.
Davido’s research interests are surgical infectious disease, surgical complications and efforts
to increase operating efficiency, all directed at improving patient outcomes. Dr. Davido also
works as a trauma/general surgeon at the University of Minnesota.
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New Providers in Emergency Medicine
Cameron Berg, MD Laura Berg, MD
Staff Physician, Staff Physician,
Emergency Department Emergency Department
Pomona Collegem, McGill University,
Claremont, Calif. Montreal Quebec, Canada
Medical School Medical School
George Washington University,
George Washington University,
Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Residency
Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford-Kaiser Emergency
Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.
This is my first job as an attending! Professional Experience
National presentation and pending publication
Favorite Part About My Career in Academic EM on HIV screening in Emergency
I enjoy being able to help others with their worst days. Departments.
Research and presentation on common encounters in
Professionally: I’m particularly interested in medical
Geriatric Emergency Medicine.
informatics and medical education. Personally, I love
running ultra-marathons and climbing mountains. Favorite Part About My Career
My coworkers and sharing the experience with my
husband. I love being part of a motivated team working
to achieve a singular goal.
In medicine, Geriatric Emergency Medicine. I enjoy the
complexity and needs of an aging population as well as
the convergence of end of life and emergency care. I think
our practice will change significantly in the next 20 years,
especially with regard to death and dying.
In life, I pursue art as a hobby, mostly painting and
sketching. When I retire I will own an art gallery.
I also run, climb mountains and get on my bike
on occasion. I love dogs and hope to increase my
household canine population.
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New Providers in Emergency Medicine
Chad Roline, MD Brenden Wilde, MD
Staff Physician, Staff Physician,
Emergency Department Emergency Department
University of Colorado Michigan State University
Medical School Medical School
Georgetown University University of Chicago Pritzker
School of Medicine School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County
Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Favorite Part About My Career
Emergency Ultrasound, Hennepin County Medical Center My favorite part of my career is the opportunity to talk to
and connect with patients with acute medical problems on
Professional Experience a daily basis. I feel like I have the opportunity to diagnose
Completed residency in 2010 and fellowship in 2011. and help stabilize a wide variety of medical problems in a
Board certified in Emergency Medicine. wide range of ages.
Favorite Part About My Career Interests
Diversity of patients and medical conditions International medicine, simulation training, resident
encountered in emergency medicine. teaching, cross country skiing, climbing and running.
Spending time with family and friends.
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Partner Profile: St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd is disciplinary teams that assemble in the emergency
a Level III Trauma Center, providing emergency medical department for specific events such as heart attack,
services 24 hours a day, seven days a week through urgent stroke and trauma.
care, emergency rooms and trauma surgery. Its emergency
specialists and physicians form a life-saving team caring for “In emergency situations, minutes count. By working
more than 26,000 patients per year for any situation, from together as a team with North Memorial staff, we are able
minor injuries or illnesses to life-threatening conditions to provide better outcomes for patients and their families,”
requiring immediate surgery. says Peter Henry, MD, director of Emergency Medicine
at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Dr. Henry
“Keeping patients and their families as our focus in leads the clinical staff at St. Joseph’s that is comprised of
delivering care has resulted in patient survey feedback numerous physicians certified in Emergency Medicine and
ratings at our emergency room that are among the best in others trained in Family Medicine who have more than 10
the nation – the 97th percentile among 890 hospitals,” says years of emergency care experience.
Jani Wiebolt, Chief Operating Officer of Essentia Health-
St. Joseph’s Medical Center. This has been accomplished Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, one of Essentia
through a team effort beginning when the first medical Health’s many Catholic facilities, is a 162-bed nonprofit
professional arrives on site. community hospital located in Brainerd, Minn. More than
1,000 employees and over 100 physicians representing 21
North Memorial has been an excellent partner in providing specialties make St. Joseph’s the largest hospital in north-
this level of care to the community. This partnership central Minnesota. Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical
includes key staff at St. Joseph’s that serve in liaison roles Center system includes eight clinics located in Baxter,
and attend quarterly North Memorial staff meetings. Brainerd, Crosslake, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes, Pierz,
Emergency Department case reviews consistently include Pillager, and Pine River Clinic, as well as four specialty
North Memorial staff, and the two organizations work clinics. As a Benedictine-sponsored Catholic organization,
together when building protocols. This strong working St. Joseph’s adheres to the values of hospitality, stewardship,
relationship has increased the effectiveness of the multi- respect, justice, teamwork and quality.
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