DR. MICHAEL MCGONIGAL
Director of Trauma Services at Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, MN
In June of 2009, under the guidance of Dr. McGonigal, Regions Hospital became one of approximately 18 hospitals in the nation to be certified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level One Pediatric Trauma Center. Of the thousands of hospitals across the country, only a small subset has the resources, manpower, skills, training and equipment to meet adult trauma center criteria. Within that subset, less than 20 hospitals have the additional experience and equipment to qualify for Level I Pediatric Trauma Center certification.
DR. PAMELA PAULSEN
Co-founder of the North Memorial Women’s Heart Clinic
When Dr. Pamela R. Paulsen introduced the MyHeart Book screening program created for the North Memorial Women’s Heart Clinic, she didn’t anticipate the swell of patient demand that would follow. Nor did she guess how many women’s lives the MyHeart program would save.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, killing six times as many women as breast cancer each year. More women than men die of heart disease each year, yet women receive only 33% of angioplasties, stents and bypass surgeries, 28% of inplantable defibrillators and 36% of open-heart surgeries. Because women comprise only 25% of participants in all heart-related research studies, gender discrepancies in symptoms complicate heart disease diagnosis in women.Ten years in cardiology practice had convinced Dr. Paulsen that women’s unique heart health challenges were not being fully addressed by a care model designed for men. In September of 2004, Drs. Paulsen and Mary McLaurin co-founded the North Memorial Women’s Heart Clinic. It was the first clinic in the Twin Cities devoted solely to women’s heart health, and women embraced the clinic’s tailored services enthusiastically. During its first three years, the clinic treated nearly 6000 women.
DR. TIMOTHY PRUETT
Chief of the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery’s Division of Transplantation and holder of the John S. Najarian Clinical Chair
The University of MN’s transplant program has been at the forefront of transplant care since its inception in the 1960s. University surgeons performed their first kidney transplant in 1963, at a time when fewer than 100 kidney transplants had been performed worldwide, and the University’s transplant program went on to found the first transplant surgery fellowship in the country. Today, University of Minnesota Physicians’ surgeons have performed approximately 8,000 kidney transplants and over 2000 transplants of other organs, and University research is addressing the pressing need for organs with ground-breaking studies of living donors and new technologies to improve transplant outcomes.
DR. RICHARD KYLE
Director of the Trauma/Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
For decades, Hennepin County Medical Center’s Orthopaedic Department has been researching and implementing advances to better serve orthopaedic patients, while making significant contributions to evidence-based medicine along the way. The hospital’s mission-focused orthopaedic practice has an influential international academic reputation that belies its county hospital roots. HCMC’s published researchers and academicians regularly participate in national and international research studies with prestigious centers including Johns Hopkins, Boston University, and Aarhus University in Denmark.
DR. CHERYL ADKINSON
Medical Director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center
Over the last ten years, HCMC’s hyperbaric treatments have grown from 1300 to 3400 annually. Capital funds committed by HCMC, along with a legislative allocation of federal stimulus funds, made a new hyperbaric facility a reality this year. Hyperbaric treatment is effective in healing wounds in irradiated tissue and treating patients with, or at risk for, osteoradionecrosis. It is used to treat conditions such as crush injury that results in extensive tissue hypoxia, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, and acute thermal burns. Research shows promise for the treatment of acute head injury.
DR. BRET HAAKE
Neurologist, assistant medical director of the Neuroscience Division, Head of Neurology at HealthPartners and Regions Hospital, and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota
Dementia is the fourth leading cause of death in our country, affecting 5 percent of people by the age of 65 and 50 percent by age 85. Treating dementia patients costs our healthcare system $150 billion dollars a year, and annual treatment costs are predicted to rise to $450 billion dollars. The escalating healthcare costs of our growing elderly population stand in stark contrast to the absence of financial incentives to address dementia issues. In the current healthcare climate, funding the development of a better dementia treatment model is an uphill battle.
Under the leadership of neurology department head Dr. Bret C. Haake, HealthPartners, in partnership with Regions Hospital, is creating a Dementia Center of Excellence to serve the Twin Cities with a virtual care model that integrates primary care, specialty care, hospital care, and financing.
DR. SELWYN VICKERS
Chair of the U of MN’s Department of Surgery, and Associate Director of Translational Research at the Masonic Cancer Center
Co-Medical Director DR. MARTIN FREEMAN
Under the leadership of Co-Medical Directors Martin Freeman, MD, Shawn Mallery, MD, Todd Tuttle, MD and Selwyn Vickers, MD, the Center has merged the surgical strengths of the University of Minnesota Cancer Center with state-of-the-art endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography offered by Hennepin County Medical Center. Surgery chairman Dr. Vickers has enhanced this affiliation of medical expertise with his leadership as one of the primary investigators in a 4.5 million dollar Pancreatic Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant. The Center is a grant participant through a research program led by Dr. Ashok Saluja, one of the foremost pancreas physiology researchers in the country and past president of the American Pancreatic Association.
Administrative Director of North Memorial Laboratory Services
Proactive health care screening and testing offers significant benefits for women’s health. At North Memorial Reference Laboratory, administrators systematically track advances in automated screening and molecular testing technologies, monitoring the literature for proven results. As a track record of successful molecular technology emerged, North Memorial committed to bringing this instrumentation in-house. When North Memorial learned that no laboratories in the Twin Cities offered automated cervical cytology screening to improve screening accuracy and detection of cervical cancer, they made the decision to bring it into their lab. The laboratory is in the process of introducing multiple new technologies to better serve the Twin Cities community, and women’s health needs in particular.
DR. PETER COLE
Director and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery
DR. JULIE SWITZER
Chief of Geriatric Trauma, and PA J. NOEL at Regions Hospital.
HealthPartners Senior Services and Regions Hospital have been actively addressing geriatric care for over 20 years. Working with 140 nursing homes in the Twin Cities and serving approximately 2500 geriatric patients every month, their collaborative care program is unique among Twin Cities hospitals, offering a care model that links the geriatric strengths and resources of HealthPartners with a passion for education and treating this underserved population.
Ridgeview Hospital CEO and DR. KEVIN J. GRAHAM, Minneapolis Heart Institute President
Joint leadership built on the strengths of Ridgeview’s strong relationship with the Waconia community and the Minneapolis Heart Institute’s expertise as a premier cardiology group in the Twin Cities to provide full-time in-hospital cardiology care at Ridgeview’s Heart Center supported by internists, radiologists, and family practice doctors. The new Heart Center offers the Minneapolis Heart Institute’s depth of cardiac expertise and a state-of-the-art Cardiac Intensive Care Unit on the Ridgeview campus.