Breast cancer rates projected to increase

[WCCO-AM, April 22, 2015] A new report projects that breast cancer rates will increase substantially in the next 15 years. Dr. Michela Tsai, an oncologist with Minnesota Oncology at Abbott Northwesten Hospital, talked to WCCO Radio about that report and what it means.


Allina gives 10,00 kids happy feet

[KARE 11, April 18, 2015] Allina Health‘s News Shoes, Healthy Kids project brought smile to the faces of about 10,000 kids today. Youngsters from families in need lined up at 16 locations across the Allina service area in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin to receive their brand new athletic shoes.



KSTP-TV also covered the story. Watch their report here.

Allina to give new shoes to 10,000 kids today

[KMSP Fox 9, April 18] For the second year, Allina Health is partnering with the footwear industry to give away 10,000 pair of athletic shoes and socks to kids in need.

The New Shoes, Healthy Kids events will occur at 16 Allina Health and community locations throughout central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Today, 1500 Allina Health volunteers will fit kids with properly sized shoes.


In a first, U.S. patient’s mitral heart valve replaced on tip of a catheter

Star Tribune photo

Star Tribune photo

[Star Tribune, April 4, 2015] Bob Hatzenbeller walked out of a Minneapolis hospital on Monday with a new mitral valve in his heart and no massive scar on his chest.

It was a landmark occasion, at least for diseases of the mitral valve. Hatzenbeller became the first human patient in the United States to have a mitral valve implanted deep in his heart using a pioneering technique that didn’t require doctors to stop his heart during the operation.

Read the entire story at startribune.com.

New Shoes, Healthy Kids

[WCCO-TV, April 17, 2015] Once again this year, Allina Health is partnering with the footwear industry to give away 10,000 pair of athletic shoes and socks to kids in need.

The New Shoes, Healthy Kids events will occur at 16 Allina Health and community locations throughout central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Tomorrow, 1500 Allina Health volunteers will fit kids with properly sized shoes.




Allina sets New Shoes, Healthy Kids event

[WCCO-AM, April 16, 2015] Allina Health is giving away 10,000 pairs of athletic shoes, Saturday morning April 18 to kids of families in need. It’s a program called New Shoes, Healthy Kids. Allina Health Ramsey Clinic pediatrician, Dr. Eric Barth, talk with WCCO radio about the program.


Swift says screening detected mom’s cancer

TaylorSwift[WCCO-TV, April 16, 2015] Since Taylor Swift announced her mom has cancer, her fans have been reaching out with support.

We want to talk more about the importance of cancer screening. Joining us now is Dr. Tim Larson from Minnesota Oncology at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. See the interview here.

Celebrities bring focus to cancer screening

[WCCO-TV, April 15, 2015] News that cancer screening found cancer in singer Taylor Swift’s mother has brought new attention to cancer screenings. Abbott Northwestern Hospital oncologist, Dr. Tim Larson talked with WCCO-TV about the state of cancer screening capabilities and who it might be right for.


Free athletic shoes being distributed to kids in need

[KARE 11, April 15, 2015] For the second year, Allina Health is partnering with the footwear industry to give away 10,000 pair of athletic shoes and socks to kids in need.

The New Shoes, Healthy Kids events will occur at 16 Allina Health and community locations throughout central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin this Saturday, April 18. 1500 Allina Health volunteers will fit kids with properly sized shoes.


Medtronic gets European approval for smallest pacemaker

Charles Gornick, MD

Charles Gornick, MD

[Star Tribune, April 15, 2015] Fifty-seven years ago, when Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken invented the world’s first battery-powered transistor pacemaker, it was the size of a small book.

Medtronic’s latest is about as big as a vitamin.

The world’s biggest medical device company just grabbed the mantle for having the ­smallest pacemaker cleared for sale by a government regulator.

Dr. Charles Gornick, the cardiac arrhythmia director at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the Micra principal investigator at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, was interviewed for this story. Read it at startribune.com.