Allina Health asks teens “What’s your Chiller?”

[KARE-TV, March 20, 2015] Mental wellness is a top public health priority and to help address the issue, Allina Health has a free online resource for teens called Change to Chill™ . This month, Change to Chill is launching the Chiller Challenge – a contest that invites teens to create Chillers for the website.

“This is a photo and video contest with a cause,” says Lisa Herman, Psy.D., L.P., a psychologist at Allina Health. “We wanted to find a creative way to introduce to teens all the great resources available on Change to Chill. We’re looking forward to seeing their ideas and helping them stress less.”Dr. Herman talked with KARE-TV’s Diana Pierce about the website and the challenge.

Experts back Angelina Jolie Pitt in choices for cancer prevention

Michaela Tsai, MD

Michaela Tsai, MD

[WCCO-AM and KSTP-TV, March 24] Cancer experts agreed with actress and filmaker Angelina Jolie’s decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because she carries a genetic mutation BRCA1 that significantly increases the risk of ovarian cancer. In Minnesota, Michaela Tsai, MD, a breast cancer researcher and hematologist and oncologist with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, said surgery is the best way to prevent ovarian cancer. Dr. Tsai was interviewed by WCCO-AM and KSTP-TV:




Community members celebrate opening of Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Penny George at the opening of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Owatonna, Minn. Photo by Owatonna People's Press

Penny George at the opening of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Owatonna, Minn. Photo by Owatonna People’s Press

[Owatonna People’s Press, March 10, 2015] Becoming a philanthropist wasn’t something Penny George had set out to do. “I was a psychologist,” George said. “I was very happy doing that and my goal was to stay away from hospitals. I had no interest in changing them, but they say life is what happens when you’re planning something else.”

That was before a phone call in 1996. Read the entire story at

Health Check: holistic way to de-stress

Courtney Baechler, MD

Courtney Baechler, MD

[Twelve News, March 10, 2015] Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the day-to-day routine can sometimes become overwhelming. Just ask Linda Shay of Minneapolis.

“Well, about eight years ago, I had a pretty major panic attack, which kind of woke me up and said that I really have some stress going on in my life and I need to figure out how to deal with the stress,” Shay said.

That’s where Allina Health‘s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing comes into play. “We’re seeing high rates of anxiety and depression in people as they age,” said Dr. Courtney Baechler, a cardiologist with the health center. Watch the story

Allina Health’s new Change to Chill website created to help teens deal with stress

ChangetoChill[MinnPost, March 24, 2015] On Change to Chill, a new online resource for teens created by Minneapolis-based Allina Health, young people can learn how to meditate, practice guided imagery or live a more balanced life.

The site, launched this month, was inspired by findings of Allina’s tri-annual Community Health Needs Assessment, a federally mandated study designed to assess and address pressing community health needs.

“Every three years, as part of a required process to maintain our tax-exempt status, we survey community members about health problems that they are seeing and issues they are concerned about,” explained Susan Nygaard, RN, Allina Health’s manager of community health improvement.

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Breast Biopsies Leave Room for Doubt, Study Finds

Tamara Lillemoe, MD

Tamara Lillemoe, MD

[New York Times, March 18, 2015] Breast biopsies are good at telling the difference between healthy tissue and cancer, but less reliable for identifying more subtle abnormalities, a new study finds.

The new findings, reported Tuesday in JAMA, challenge the common belief that a biopsy is the gold standard and will resolve any questions that might arise from an unclear mammogram or ultrasound.

Tamera Lillemoe, MD, a pathologist at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, who participated in the study, talked about its importance on WCCO-AM:


Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude in high-stakes heart-valve race

Star Tribune photo

Star Tribune photo

[Star Tribune, March 15, 2015] An 85-year-old Minneapolis woman lies on the operating room table at Abbott Northwestern ­Hospital and waits for the future of heart valve medicine.

The diseased aortic valve in Anna Schu’s chest is threatening her health, but she’s not a good candidate for open-heart surgery. So she’s decided to have an experimental procedure and become the first person in ­Minnesota to get a new device from Boston Scientific Corp. that is implanted through an incision in her leg to make it easier on her body.

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Deputy paralyzed in Mexico swimming accident

[WCCO-TV, March 18, 2015] What started as a winter vacation getaway turned into a struggle to survive for a Minnesota deputy. Last month, 39-year-old Jeff Edwards was vacationing with his girlfriend and other friends in Ixtapa, Mexico.

While swimming in the ocean, he got caught in a wave and was slammed into the ocean floor. And when Edwards hit the ocean floor, he lost feeling from his chest down. He was paralyzed.

Now he’s working to walk again at Allina Health‘s Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

VitaminD: How much is enough?

[KMSP Fox 9, March 18, 2015] Not getting enough vitamin D can lead to all kinds of health problems. But a new study suggests it might be possible to get too much vitamin D.

Dr. Greg Plotnikoff from Allina Health‘s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, says don’t worry about getting too much. Not getting enough is a much bigger problem.

Downtown St. Paul: Allina, Children’s Hospitals to share new birth center

TMBCrendering[Pioneer Press, March 18, 2015] The birthing experience is about to get better for some mothers in St. Paul.

Allina Health and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota this week announced plans to open a new birth center at their shared facility on Smith Ave. N. in downtown St. Paul.

The Mother Baby Center at United Hospital and Children’s Hospital-St. Paul will offer mothers and their families bigger rooms and a more comfortable birth experience, according to Kathy Schoenbeck, director of United Hospital’s birth center. Read the full story online at the Pioneer Press.