As the mercury falls in Minnesota, so rises the battle cry to save Hennepin County Medical Center from deep budget cuts. Without swift legislative action, before March 2010, the state's only 24/7 emergency-ready hyperbaric chamber is sure to shut down. (See our October 4 story, "Embattled MN Chamber Faces Ax.")
HCMC is fighting back. Making savvy use of online social media and good old-fashioned grassroots politics, the new Will You Lose? campaign underscores the medical center's proud history and modern role in disaster preparedness and statewide emergency healthcare access, especially for the uninsured. It also offers a great way for the hyperbaric medicine community to get involved. Please join O2.0 in signing up and spreading the word.
(Pictured: Jim Harris, CHT, at the HCMC chamber controls. Photo: Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune)