Choose. Doctor or policeman?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin Healthcare has a new policy that prohibits its doctors from working in law enforcement.

Health system leaders say he will end his medical teaching contract with the Minneapolis police as part of an ideological shift.

Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jennifer DeCubellis said the policy change stemmed from a need to draw “really clear lines” about the hospital’s core mission.

“We want the community to come into a healing environment, into a medical care space, and know that you have healers out there,” DeCubellis said.


Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Hoody, in a recent staff bulletin, explained that the dual profession of some doctors with police departments is damaging patient trust.

“We’re hearing from our community and colleagues that continued distrust, particularly around the unclear relationship between health care and law enforcement, is impacting the ability of some to feel safe in seeking care,” Hoody wrote.

Hennepin Healthcare employs over 800 medical providers. Three work for law enforcement, DeCubellis told the Star Tribune.

One of the three, Dr Paul Nystrom, an emergency room doctor who works part-time for the Plymouth Police Department, announced he was ‘discharged’ effective June 5.

“I was recently given an ultimatum to quit the force or be fired by (Hennepin Health Services), and I have decided not to quit my job as a police officer,” Nystrom wrote in an email to his colleagues.

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