University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital now ranks among the nation’s top 50 children’s hospitals in eight medical specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report—an all-time high for our hospital. This also marks the fourth consecutive year that the hospital’s cancer program and the third consecutive year that its kidney care program have been ranked among the country’s best.
June 2011 Archives
When Ron Poole talks about the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, he can't help but showcase the skills that have made him a successful investment counselor. He's eager to pitch the University of Minnesota center and its mission. But just as he would pick a stock or business venture, he supported the center only after careful research.
Betsy Lucas felt tired. Of course she did—she and her husband, Brian, had 10-month-old Molly and 3-year-old Julia at home. One morning in May 2005, Lucas went to her doctor to have a seemingly harmless rash on her leg checked out. But when the test results came back, the expression on the doctor's face told Lucas it was something serious. Within four days, her diagnosis was confirmed: chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML. “Fear was the first reaction,” says Lucas, who was 34 years old at the time. “I had my whole life ahead of me.”
Of all the things a teenage boy might choose to do with his bar mitzvah money, giving a portion to medical research might seem low on the list. After all, there are Xboxes and iPods and skateboards to buy. But when Matthew, 13, gave his money to a research program led by John Wagner, M.D., at the University of Minnesota, he was sharing a heartfelt thanks.
Nine-year-old Zachary "Zak" Bartz isn't your typical second-grader -- to many, he's an inspiration. Zak has a disorder called neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which has caused tumors to grow in his brain and for which there is no known cure. Zak has endured multiple surgeries, countless rounds of chemotherapy, and 30 radiation treatments -- all conducted at clinics associated with the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.
Shirley Hagstrum was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was 40 years old. But she had symptoms of the disease, such as weakness and numbness in her legs, for many years before that, says her daughter Susan Hagstrum, Ph.D., who is married to University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, Ph.D.
Trim in appearance and outgoing by nature, James H. House, M.D. (Class of 1963), a renowned hand surgeon, revered teacher, and enthusiastic ambassador for the University of Minnesota Medical School, describes the 50 years he and his wife, Janelle, have spent together at the University as "a wonderful life."
Patrick G. Hays, M.H.A., has had plenty of career success. Hays founded Sutter Health in Sacramento, California, in 1980. Hays also served from 1995 to 2000 as president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and in 2003, he received the American College of Healthcare Executives' Gold Medal Award. Though his own personal determination surely cannot be discounted, Hays is quick to credit his education at the University of Minnesota for those achievements.
Michael Johnson would have been shocked to learn last summer that his heart would fail by fall. Then came September 6, 2010, when he suffered a massive heart attack. While recovering at Fairview Southdale Hospital and facing a future limited by significant heart failure, Johnson got another surprise: University of Minnesota researchers asked him to participate in an innovative cell therapy study that might improve his prognosis. He agreed, and 10 days after his heart attack, doctors injected 150 million of Johnson's own stem cells from his bone marrow into his heart.