Special Report: Zach Knuckey Is Coming Back

[WDAY-TV, May 18, 2015] In kindergarten Zach Knuckey remembers telling his teacher, that when he grew up – he was going to be a fishing guide. At age 24 his dream was starting to come true. But a tragic injury has Zach fighting for all he holds dear. Now Zach is determined to take back his life, and his dreams.

Sunny days, or rainy days, it didn’t matter. If he was awake, Zach wanted to be fishing. And as he got older, his dream to be a fishing guide just grew and grew.

“Before my accident, I was fishing five days a week,” said Zach. What he refers to as his accident was a freak spinal injury. A blood clot in his spinal column, that changed everything.

Device for acid reflux approved by FDA, but not by insurers

LINX device  Star Tribune photo

LINX device
Star Tribune photo

[Star Tribune, May 17, 2015] The paperwork stacks up slowly but steadily.

Some months, the pile of appeals from insurance companies denying coverage of a medical implant for severe acid reflux is more than a foot high in Minneapolis surgeon Dr. Dan Dunn’s office. Such appeals take months or years to resolve, and may still end in denial even though the government has approved the device.

“We had, at one point, 40 patients,” Dunn said, describing appeals for coverage denials for the Linx, an implantable device that controls acid-reflux and is made by the Shoreview medical device company Torax Medical Inc.

Read more at startribune.com.

Annual games plant seed for activity

Duluth News Tribune photo

Duluth News Tribune photo

[Duluth News Tribune, May 14, 2015] His smile beaming from having just scaled 15 feet of a climbing wall for the first time in his life, Proctor sixth-grader Dawson McLean was asked if he was as fearless as he looked.

Areas in and around the UMD field house featured 16 stations with a wide variety of activities — big ball volleyball, archery, rhythmic gymnastics, obstacle courses, adaptive cycling and more.

The event dates back to the 1980s, said Eric Larson, program manager for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Northland, which sponsors the event along with UMD.

Read the story at duluthnewstribune.com.

Hundreds of kids gather for Arrowhead Youth Games

[KDIO-TV, May 14, 2015] More than 300 kids from all across the Arrowhead region came together for a day of games on Thursday.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has been putting on the Arrowhead Youth Games for about 30 years. Kids from 26 elementary and middle schools from the Twin Ports all the way to the Iron Range traveled to the UMD Field House to participate.

Dermatologist: Always protect yourself from the sun

[WCCO-TV, May 13, 2015] Disturbing photos, gone viral on Facebook, of a woman being treated for skin cancer have once again raised the question of how much tanning — under the sun or tanning bed — is safe. Allina Health Clinic dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Farhat discussed that question with WCCO-TV News.



Woman gives birth then has brain surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[KARE-TV, May 10, 2015] Mother’s Day will never be the same for a Minneapolis family.

Earlier this year, doctors diagnosed Chelsea Hammond, 31, with a brain tumor; she was eight months pregnant.

“We have a very large tumor, we have a pressure effect on the brain and we have a patient who is in her last days of pregnancy. So indeed, it was urgent,” said Dr. Mahmoud Nagib, a neurosurgeon at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.



What mom wants for Mother’s Day

[WCCO-TV, May 7, 2015] With Mother’s Day coming, husbands and children may be struggling to come up with the perfect gift for mom. Allina Health Clinics psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel talked with WCCO-TV about what moms really want for Mother’s Day.


Allina CEO joins board of health-tech company

Penny Wheeler

[Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, May 6, 2015] Allina Health President and CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler has joined the board of Health Catalyst, a health care analytics and data warehousing firm.

“Allina has made significant progress with care outcomes improvement thanks in part to our early adoption of Health Catalyst’s data warehousing platform,” Wheeler said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the company’s leaders to share that experience and know-how to help health systems across the US improve the quality and affordability of patient care.”

Read more at Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal online.

Melanoma Monday

[WCCO-TV, May 4, 2015] May Fourth is Melanoma Monday, the day dermatologists use to remind us to be careful about getting too much sun and to get unusual skin changes checked by your doctor.

Allina Health Clinics dermatologist Elizabeth Farhat, MD, talked with WCCO-TV about what to look out for and how to protect yourself from skin cancers.


Allina Health EMS dispatcher honored as national dispatcher of the year

[Firehouse Magazine, April 29, 2015] Emergency Medical Dispatcher James Domeier with Allina Health EMS (Minn.) is the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch’s (IAED) recipient of the NAVIGATOR 2015 Dispatcher of the Year Award.

Domeier is also a National Guardsman and is on active duty right now in the Middle East.

Presented to Domeier on April 29 during the Opening Session of the IAED’s annual NAVIGATOR conference, the yearly award — sponsored this year by Infor — recognizes a telecommunicator for his or her outstanding performance. Criteria for the accolade include compliance to protocol, teamwork, initiative to further professionalism and education, and ability to work well under stress. Read more here.