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HCMC seeks to rename itself

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Hennepin County Medical Center

All the cool brands are doing it. The Star Tribune’s Kelly Smith reports: “After 42 years, the name of downtown Minneapolis’ major hospital is about to change. … Hennepin County Medical Center, known for short as HCMC, wants to change its name to Hennepin Healthcare Medical Center to better brand the large public hospital and its expanding health care system. … ‘We are really seeking to describe our system better,’ Tom Hayes, vice president of public relations and marketing at HCMC, told county commissioners at a committee meeting Tuesday.”

Prediction: there will be open letters. The AP reports (via WCCO): “Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s bracing for a Republican-controlled Legislature next year. … Republicans expanded their majority in the state House in Tuesday’s election. They were on the brink of taking over the Senate, though the final makeup won’t be official until automatic recounts proceed in St. Cloud and Plymouth. Republican candidates had the edge there in unofficial totals. … Dayton says ‘it certainly appears’ that the GOP will control both chambers. The Democratic governor has two years left on his term.”

Article seems to ignore that America will be great again soon. The AP reports (via MPR): “Republican Doug Burgum completed his outsider push to North Dakota’s governorship on Tuesday, sweeping aside a poorly funded Democratic challenger after earlier overcoming the GOP establishment to become his party’s nominee. … Burgum will take power next month against the backdrop of a state economy that has cooled as oil and crop prices have slumped, and where international attention is focused on a contentious protest over an oil pipeline.”

Iron suit. The Star Tribune’s Josephine Marcotty reports: “A long-running dispute over pollution produced by taconite mines finally landed in court Wednesday, when three environmental groups sued the state of Minnesota, charging that it has allowed the massive Minntac waste pit in Mountain Iron to degrade lakes and trout streams for decades. … The 10-mile long tailings pit, owned by Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp., operates under a 29-year-old state environmental permit that expired 24 years ago and has not been updated with standards designed to protect water, wildlife and wild rice.”

In other news…

Sure, but which way? “Minnesota investment pros see volatility as investors absorb Trump’s victory” [Star Tribune]

Hey Minnesota Democrats, it could’ve been worse: “Democrats suffer absolute bloodbath in North Dakota’s Legislative races” [Inforum]

Free idea: put the polling places in bars. “Wisconsin election turnout near 20-year low” [KARE]

Small glitch: “Dakota County’s election results delay caused by incorrect ballots” [Hastings Star Gazette]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/09/2016 - 01:55 pm.


    An idle question: Why does a public, nonprofit (so I’m told) hospital have a marketing director? Is there a lot of competition for wounded bodies at auto crash sites or houses where someone has had a heart attack? “You know, Jerry, we can save you 12% compared to “hospital ‘x'” if you get that punctured lung repaired at HCMC…”

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