[Brainerd Dispatch, June 12, 2013] People gathered beneath a tent with sand underfoot on one of the warmest and sunny days of the season to celebrate construction of a new medical clinic in Baxter.
Nearby, the skeleton of the clinic was already taking shape. Inside the tent, the conversation had a repeated theme — partnerships. The outpatient clinic is a partnership venture between Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) of Crosby with Allina Health and Minneapolis Heart Institute of Baxter.
“Our event gives more money to charity each year than all the other sports in this town combined,” Hollis Cavner said. “And it’s not even close.”
Unity Hospital President Lori Wightman says the money has helped her facility create new emergency rooms, automatic external defibrillators and programs for expecting mothers. Wightman is also the chairman of 3M’s Executive Women’s ProAm, and loves the addition of women’s player to the weekend. Read the entire story at twincities.com.
[Farmington Independent, June 9, 2013] Farmington’s Allina Medical Clinic hopes a little community service will help build connections in the city.
On Saturday the clinic joined Allina locations across the area to pack tens of thousands of meals for local food shelves. According to company estimates, more than 1,800 volunteers at 40 sites assembled more than 50,000 meal packs. Each pack is designed to feed four people with cans of corn and black beans, tomatoes, chicken, brown rice and recipes on healthy living. The efforts were run by clinic staff as well as volunteers from the community.
[WCCO-TV, June 9, 2013] New prenatal genetic tests are making results more accurate and possible earlier in pregnancies, especially important to some older couples who have a slightly higher risk of a baby with chromosomal abnormalities.
Right now, there are four tests on the market. Each of them tell the risk of a fetus having extra 13, 18 or 21 chromosomes. An extra 21 chromosome is the cause of Down syndrome, and babies with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18 have a number of birth defects and quite often don’t live past the age of one.
“It’s sort of been on the horizon for a while and people are excited about it,” said Beth Hall, the lead genetic counselor at Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. She helps parents-to-be decide if this non-invasive prenatal testing is right for them. Watch the full report here.
Kevin Miller, Allina Health EMS operations manager (second from left0, accepts the Minnesota ESGR Annual Employer Support Award which indicates that Allina Health, and Kevin Miller, provided exceptional support to their military employees
[Bloomington, Minn., May 30, 2013] Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) State Chair Paul Monteen recognized Allina Health, along with 32 other outstanding employers of Minnesota National Guard and Reserve members, at the Minnesota ESGR Annual Employer Support Awards Banquet on Monday, May 20th in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Kevin Miller, Allina Health EMS operations manager, was nominated for the ESGR Above and Beyond Award by Army Reserve Captain David Schlicher. Captain Schlicher’s nomination indicated that Allina Health, and Kevin Miller, provided exceptional support to their military employees. Chairman Monteen presented the award to Kevin Miller at the event. Read more here.
[Isanti County News, June 5, 2013] With more than more than 25 years of health care leadership experience, Gary Shaw is excited to begin as president of Cambridge Medical Center, part of Allina Health.
Shaw, who began in his position May 6, has been busy making his way around the community and recently visited with the Cambridge-Isanti Rotary Club. Shaw is replacing Dennis Doran, who served in the position for 13 years before retiring May 5. Doran spent 44 years in the medical field.
Robb Pastor, director of hospital nursing at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, demonstrated the Remote Presence RP-7 robot that allows stroke experts at Abbott Northwestern to examine patients at the CRMC emergency room.
[minnpost.com, June 5, 2013] Minneapolis-based Allina Health is digging deeper, mining the stores of data that telehealth enriches. “I think we’re just scratching the surface” of telehealth’s potential, says Susan Heichert, chief information officer for Allina Health and a registered nurse.
Allina uses software called MyChart to let its patients make e-visits with clinicians. In addition to serving patients with minor ailments, MyChart can accommodate follow-up from an in-person appointment or treatment for a chronic condition such as diabetes.
Cambridge Medical Center President Gary Shaw (in sunglasses) helps pack meals for those in need June 1 at Cambridge Medical Center.
[Isanti County News, June 5, 2013] Community members from across the Allina Health service area joined Allina Health employee volunteers June 1 to package 200,000 healthy meals for neighbors in need.
This event promotes healthy eating on a budget and the 2013 grant application process for Neighborhood Health Connection.
The family-friendly meal packing events were held at 40 Allina Health locations. Across all the Allina Health sites, more than 1,800 volunteers packed 50,000 Healthy Meal Packs to feed 200,000 people. Read the full story at isanticountynews.com.