Minnesota Hospital Association


January 04, 2016

MHA Newsline: Jan. 4, 2016

In this issue 

Uniting to prevent and improve concussion care in central Minnesota

For Dr. Kelly Collins, concussion care isn’t just professional. It’s personal, too.   

Collins comes from a family of six children — a very athletic family. In fact, several of her brothers went on to play at the professional level in their respective sports. She and her family loved to cheer them on, whether on the sidelines, in the stadium or on television from afar.   

Unfortunately, those cheering sessions were first dampened, and then cut short, due to head injuries that drove several of her brothers to give up their professional careers before their time. Today, the lasting effects of those injuries are still a regular reality: severe headaches, dizziness, vertigo and neck pain. For Collins, it is a regular reminder that drives her passion for work every day.   

“Watching them struggle has led me to never want a family member or community member to have to go through that on their own,” Collins said.   

Collins’ experience was part of the inspiration for Project BrainSafe, a communitywide concussion education and awareness program launched by CentraCare Health in St. Cloud in late 2014. The goal of the program is to unite providers, athletes, coaches and community members under one common goal: to better prevent and treat concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in central Minnesota.   

Visit the Minnesota’s Hospitals: Strengthening Healthy Communities website to learn how Project BrainSafe is helping develop consistent diagnosis and treatment methods so that all concussion cases are detected and everyone receives the highest quality of care.   

Like the Minnesota’s Hospitals Facebook page to get regular updates on how Minnesota’s hospitals work beyond physical walls to strengthen the health of Minnesotans and our communities. return to top   

Albany Medical Center joins CentraCare Health

Albany Medical Center has become CentraCare Clinic – Albany and reopened under its new clinic name Monday, Jan. 4. The facility, previously operated as the Albany Medical Center by CHI St. Gabriel's, joined CentraCare Health Jan. 1.   

CentraCare Clinic – Albany will provide clinic services, including lab, imaging, physical therapy, diabetes education, INR, mobile mammography and ultrasound on site. Visiting specialists in cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and orthopedics and Podiatry will continue to see patients in Albany.   

The clinic phone number remains 320-845-2157. The clinic hours will be Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.   

CentraCare Health is leasing the clinic space from CHI with plans to build a new clinic in Albany within the next two years. return to top   

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic RFP issued

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has published an RFP for providers interested in becoming Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Minnesota received a one-year federal planning grant for this demonstration project. The development of CCBHCs is intended to encourage states and local communities to offer a comprehensive method of providing and funding a wide array of substance abuse and mental health services in one integrated setting.   

CCBHCs must coordinate care across a spectrum of services: physical health care, social services, housing, educational systems and employment opportunities. CCBHCs must also have formal agreements with hospitals to provide treatment to CCBHC clients; CCBHCs maintain responsibility for their client’s care coordination.   

Optional letters of intent are due Tuesday, Jan. 5. Full responses are due Monday, Feb. 1. The RFP is available online. For more information contact Alice Nichols, director, Adult and Children’s Mental Health divisions, DHS, 651-431-2326. return to top   

U of M to offer information session on health services management program

The University of Minnesota will offer an information session about its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Management (HSM) major and certificate. The session will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 5-6 p.m. in Ruttan Hall on the U of M St. Paul campus.   

Information session attendees will learn more about the health care industry and the HSM program. They will also have the opportunity to meet with program faculty and staff.   

More information about the HSM program is available on the U of M website. Register online to attend the information session. return to top