Allina adds Penny George Institute holistic medicine clinic to WestHealth campus in Plymouth

PGIHH_WestHealth_314x144[City Business, July 25, 2014] The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing will open a holistic medicine clinic at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern—WestHealth campus in Plymouth.

The 3,500-square-foot outpatient clinic will offer health and fitness coaching, acupuncture treatments, weight-management programs and other services, Minneapolis-based Allina said Thursday.

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How to slow down our busy lives

[WCCO-TV, July 28, 2014] With work piling up, getting the kids to sports, and other day-to-day duties, stress seems never ending. WCCO talked with Allina Health Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler about how to manage our busy lives.

With Allina Health grant, Shakopee women kick off Esperanza Latina Soccer League

Star Tribune photo

Star Tribune photo

[Star Tribune, July 23, 2014] Yuniba Montoya was accustomed to cheering from the sidelines as her sons played soccer. Then one day her son asked: “Why don’t you play sometime so you can see what it’s like?”

That’s all it took for Montoya and a group of fellow Latina mothers in Shakopee to move from the sidelines onto the field and start planning a league of their own. With a $4,095 grant this month from Allina Health, they’ve created the Esperanza Latina Soccer League, which recently took to the field for its first practice.

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Minneapolis airport worker saved by coworkers, supported by friends

heart in hands[KMSP-TV, July 18, 2014] Living in Abbott Northwestern Hospital minutes can feel like hours, and the days often run together. On April 14, 47-year old Wendy Kichler was working at her new job at the ticket counter for Frontier Airlines. Her daughter, Melinda Kichler, also works at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and remembers a coworker running for help.

“She was having heart attack symptoms,” Melinda said. “She couldn’t breathe, she said her chest was tight arm started going numb. She fainted and got sick,”

Dr. Kevin Harris points out thankfully the doctors at United Hospital realized Wendy wasn’t having a heart attack, but a sudden aortic dissection. The biggest blood vessel in her heart had torn. Watch this story at myfoxtwincities.

National Wheelchair Softball World Series comes to Brooklyn Park

WheelchairSoftballLogo[Brooklyn Park Sun Post, July 21, 2014] It’s fast, competitive and comprised of dedicated athletes. For the first time, the National Wheelchair Softball World Series will be held in Brooklyn Park next month.

The 14-team – possibly 16-team if Japanese and Nigerian teams are able to show – double-elimination championship will feature teams from around the country, and hosts of the three-day event are looking to fill volunteer slots. They are also looking for spectators.

“If they have never seen wheelchair softball, this will be pretty amazing,” said Sue Nyberg, coordinator of volunteers for the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, which is hosting the tournament locally for the National Wheelchair Softball Association, the tournament head.


Minnesota man up-and-running again on prosthetic leg

[KMSP-TV, July 17, 2014] At Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at United Hospital, a Minnesota man was learning to run again with his brand new prosthetic leg after a workplace accident left him facing life as an amputee.

Peterson was working for a steel company and was loading sheet metal on a rail cart in 2011 when his life changed.

“I looked down and realized the cart was probably about 2 inches away from crushing me,” he recalled. “So, I jumped as high as I could, and it pinned me up against the coil behind me and shattered my whole right leg.”

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Minnesota Medicaid contract changes save $10.5 million

providers-thumb[Pioneer Press, July 14, 2014] A program to lower health costs through new payment contracts with doctors and hospitals generated about $10.5 million in savings during its first year, according to state officials.

The new contracts let health care providers share in the savings when quality care is provided more efficiently. So, about $2.8 million is being split among three providers that are part of the new program — Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, North Memorial Health Care and Northwest Metro Alliance (a partnership between Allina Health and HealthPartners).

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Allina leads transporting mental health patients without stigma of flashing lights

Allina Health community paramedic John O’Brien took Darlene’s blood pressure during a checkup at her home in New Brighton.

Allina Health community paramedic John O’Brien took Darlene’s blood pressure during a checkup at her home in New Brighton.

[Star Tribune, July 17, 2014] Allina Health, along with a number of hospitals and local officials across Minnesota, is trying new ways to transport mental health patients in a more dignified manner, such as unmarked vehicles with plainclothes paramedics.

They aim to reduce the stigma associated with a psychiatric crisis while also reducing the enormous cost of sending ambulances long distances.

Allina Health, which owns Abbott Northwestern and 11 other hospitals statewide, now keeps an unmarked Ford Escape among its fleet of ambulances at its emergency medical base in Mounds View. Read more at

MN woman runs against Crohn’s disease

Sonya Goins (KARE-TV photo)

Sonya Goins (KARE-TV photo)

[KARE-TV, July 9, 2014] Life has already given a Minneapolis woman a marathon, but Sonya Goins refuses to see the obstacles Crohn’s disease has put in her path.

This week, even while hospitalized, Goins, 50, is determined to fight back by running a half marathon in Ireland to help find a cure.

Goins, 50, is currently at Abbott Northwestern Hospital suffering from complications but vows she’ll make to the Team Challenge Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in Dublin, Ireland on August 4, where she will run to raise $6,000 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

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New approach to wellness – resiliency – is gaining ground

ihh1[Star Tribune, July 7, 2014] Severe chronic pain from years of playing rugby forced Deb Hitt to the sidelines. The injuries, coupled with the loss of a sport she so loved, sapped her spirit, too.

“It knocked the air and the life out of me,” said Hitt, of Minneapolis. “I let the pain define me.”

After surgeries on her neck and lower back, her doctors urged her to try something new to deal with her pain: resiliency training.

Last fall, Hitt completed an eight-week course at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis, where she focused on eating healthier, getting enough sleep, exercising and meditating.

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