In this issue
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
“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
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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
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
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
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