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About Psychiatry Services at HCMC

Mental illnesses are treatable and touch a large percentage of the population. They can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, religion or income. For over a century, HCMC has been dedicated to the provision of emergency and long-term treatment of people suffering from mental illness. Our goal is to restore individuals to their highest possible level of function, providing hope for recovery and reducing the suffering of patients and their family members. Our mission is to provide a full spectrum of services for individuals with major behavioral and emotional difficulties, especially those with chronic and persistent mental illness.

Scope of Care

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Our Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) offers 24/7 psychiatric and medical management for those in crisis. The program is distinguished by its ability to address both the mental and medical health of a patient. Closely linked with HCMC's emergency department, more than 10,000 visits and additional crisis calls are managed each year by APS psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses in coordination with medical staff. These services are provided to any person in need.

HCMC's inpatient psychiatry program, with the capacity to serve 102 people, is full nearly 100% of the time and discharges 2,800 patients each year. In addition, our hospital-based care extends to patients in the medical and surgical units requiring psychiatric and psychological support.

Outpatient services include: programs for children and adolescents, partial hospitalization, day treatment, electroconvulsive therapy, and the outpatient psychiatry clinic. Specialized and innovative services for mothers are available through the Mother Baby Program, as well as the Women’s Behavioral Health Clinic. To meet the growing demand, psychiatric and psychological care is extending into HCMC's neighborhood clinics, the Sleep Clinic and the Traumatic Brain Injury Center.

A Space Where the Silence is Broken

While the list of mental care options is extensive for patients; family and friends could benefit from a safe space for conversation and education. A space where the silence is broken, stories shared and resources available to dispel the myths surrounding mental illness.  As the beneficiary of Light Up the Night this year, all proceeds from the gala will support the creation of a resource center on the downtown HCMC campus for family and friends struggling to support a loved one with mental illness. The center will also be open to the public.

This family resource center will provide access to information regarding mental illness, treatment options, and resources for family and friends who offer essential support and care to our patients. With the focus on resources for families, we will be able to increase access to support groups and provide linkages to other valuable partners in the community.

A mental illness is:

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  • A medical condition, disrupting a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
  • Common
  • Like any other medical condition. A mental illness should be treated with the same urgency as diabetes or heart disease.
  • Treatable. Most mental illnesses can be treated effectively with medication, therapy, diet, exercise and support. Recovery is possible.

A mental illness can be caused by:

  • Trauma. Sometimes traumatic events can play a role in triggering a mental illness.
  • Chemical imbalance. Chemical or biochemical changes in the brain can affect mental health.
  • Genetics. Some mental illnesses get passed along from one generation to the next.
  • The environment. Exposure to toxins, illnesses, drugs or alcohol can affect the developing brain in utero.

A mental illness is not:

  • Imaginary. Mental illnesses are very real and very common.
  • Something to "get over". Mental illnesses cannot be willed away.
  • A character flaw. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that do not define us.

Source: Make It OK.org



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About Hennepin Health Foundation



The Hennepin Health Foundation has the honor of connecting the generosity of our community with the programs and services that transform the care of patients in the hospital and clinics of HCMC. Our unique position of being Minnesota's largest safety net and public teaching hospital offers innovative ways to make an impact with philanthropy. We welcome your involvement in improving patient comfort, health care access, medical education, and clinical research.

– Established in 2009 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit
– Read the HHF 2014 Annual Report
– President: Ford W. Bell, DVM
– Hennepin Health Foundation Board of Directors:

Chair: Dan Miller
John Crosson, MD
Donald Haas
Kathleen Lamey, JD
Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA
Ford W. Bell, DVM
Pat Fallon
William Heegaard, MD
Rebecca Odland
Gaylan Rockswold, MD
Michael Belzer, MD
Pam Flenniken
Carole Hitt
David Orbuch, JD
Scott Rusert, JD
Molly Biwer
Patti Goldberg
Elliot Kaplan, JD
Bruce Paulson, CPA, JD
Charles Truwit, MD

About Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. operates Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis and primary, specialty, and convenience-care clinics in Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, St. Anthony Village, and Minneapolis. Look for our newest multi-clinic and specialty center to open in 2017 across from our hospital in downtown Minneapolis.


We partner with our community, our patients, and their families to ensure access to outstanding care for everyone, while improving health and wellness through teaching, patient and community education, and research.


Transforming the health of our community – exceptional care without exception.

Community Benefit

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. is Minnesota’s largest safety-net hospital, clinic system, and Level 1 trauma center. In 2014, HCMC had 559,095 clinic visits, 109,809 emergency service visits, 69,571 ambulance runs, and 1.5 million patient access service calls.

A nationally-renowned academic medical center, HCMC is responsible for training the majority of the state’s physicians, and provides training to more than 20,000 others in 50 different fields, including first responders worldwide.

69% of HCMC patients are insured by public programs while as many as 11% are uninsured. In 2014, HCMC provided $167 Million in community benefit. This includes care for the uninsured.

A non-profit, Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., is governed by a board of directors that includes two members of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, but it receives less than 3 percent of annual revenue from the county.

– Read our 2015 Health Services Plan
– Chief Executive Officer: Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA
– Hennepin Health Systems, Inc. Board of Directors:

Chair: Sharon Sayles Belton
Samuel E. Carlson, MD, FACP
Randy Johnson
Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA
David Ybarra
Douglas Brunette, MD
Jacob Gayle
Kris Petersen
Brian J. Ranallo
Diana Vance-Bryan, RN, JD
Jan Callison
Tara L. Gustilo, MD
Christopher P. Puto, Ph.D.
Sheila Riggs, DDS, DMSc