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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.

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About HCMC's Traumatic Brain Injury Program

This year, our signature fundraising gala, Light Up the Night, shines the light on traumatic brain injury. From sports injuries and falls, to vehicle accidents and assaults, traumatic brain injury has become a topic of national and regional discussion. Over 3.65 million Americans sustain a TBI each year, about 14,000 people in Minnesota alone. Experiencing a traumatic brain injury can be a life changing event. Many patients will need specialized therapies for months, and some will experience temporary or permanent loss of employment.

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The Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Hennepin County Medical Center offers multidisciplinary patient care, education and research to serve people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). We provide a full range of state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitative services. Our expertise spans the entire continuum of care for adult and pediatric TBI patients, from prevention to emergency care, neurosurgery, critical care, and rehabilitation.

HCMC is the #1 hospital in the state for TBI admissions, with more than 950 patients each year and 6,200 patient visits to rehabilitative therapies. The TBI program is led by neurosurgeon and medical director Gaylan Rockswold.

Spend time on our award winning save this brain website to learn more about your brain, injury prevention, and our TBI program.

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, Chaska, Golden Valley, Richfield, St. Anthony Village, and south Minneapolis. New clinics will soon open in other Hennepin County suburbs.


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 2013, HCMC had 640,000 patient visits, 100,000 emergency room visits, and 65,000 ambulance.

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.

Seventy-four percent of HCMC patients are insured by public programs, while as many as 10 percent are uninsured. Annually, HCMC provides more than $16 million in charity care.

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.


Hennepin Health Foundation Fast Facts

  • Established in 2009 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit
  • President: Suzanne M. Begin
  • Areas of Impact: Patient comfort and community health, medical education, and research
  • Hennepin Health Foundation Board of Directors

Chair: Gaylan Rockswold
Mick Belzer
John Crosson
Pam Flenniken
Patti Goldberg
William Heegaard
Don Jacobs
Elliot Kaplan
Kathleen Finnegan-Lamey
Dan Miller
Rebecca Odland
David Orbuch
Bruce Paulson
Chip Truwit

Read the HHF 2013 Annual Report


Hennepin Healthcare System Inc. Fast Facts

  • Established in 1887
  • CEO: Jon L. Pryor
  • Celebrating 25 years as a Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Hennepin Health Systems Inc. Board of Directors

Chair: Sharon Sayles Belton
Atum Azzahir
Douglas Brunette
Janis Callison
Samuel E. Carlson
Suzanna de Baca
David Ebel
Mike Opat
Anne Pereira
Jon L. Pryor
Christopher Puto
Sheila Riggs
Brian Ranallo
Ray Waldron

Read the Health Services Plan