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U.S. Facing Largest Hospital Drug Shortage in Decades

[ABC News, Dec. 22, 2010] Many hospital patients are being turned away for potentially life-saving injection treatments in what may be the largest U.S. hospital drug shortage in over two decades including chemotherapy drugs like doxorubicin. Mark McKee’s doctors have spent 15 years managing his rare abdominal tumor. But in the last year and a […]

Allina’s Mercy Hospital receives Level Two trauma verification

[Allina Newsroom, Dec. 21, 2010] Allina’s Mercy Hospital has been verified as a Level Two Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. Level Two accreditation means that the emergency department and other areas of Mercy are capable of caring for complex trauma patients. Read the full story in the Allina Newsroom.

River Falls Area Hospital shares health-talk results

[River Falls Journal, Dec. 20, 2010] Allina Hospitals & Clinics, which includes the River Falls Area Hospital, helped host a community health dialogue this fall. The talks focused on healthful eating, active living, maintaining a balanced life and barriers to good health. Those responding in western Wisconsin thought school-age children, adolescents and single parents were […]

A new beat

[Pioneer Press, Dec. 19,2010] When Bob Sherman puts two fingers to his wrist, the pulse he feels isn’t normal. Rather than sensing the singular beat he’s known for most of his life, Sherman now detects a longer surge of blood that occasionally feels like a double beat. He’s one of a growing number heart failure […]

Abbott Northwestern recruits new heart-failure team

[Pioneer Press, Dec. 19, 2010] The ultimate cure for heart failure is a new heart. And in Minnesota, the sleepiest of the state’s three heart transplant centers is making a big investment to get back in the game. Last year, Abbott Northwestern performed two heart transplants. But through the first nine months of this year, […]

Business diagnoses, treats labor niche

[Star Tribune, Dec. 10, 2010] Allina Hospitals & Clinics is among the health care organizations calling on Experienced Resources LLC, a metro area business which recruits experienced, semiretired health care executives for short-term projects or interim management positions at Minnesota hospitals and clinics. Cheryl Hermann, vice president of operations for Allina Medical Clinic, offers a […]

Wightman proudest of daily successes at NUMC

[New Ulm Journal, Dec. 17, 2010] As Lori Wightman packed up her office on Thursday, her last day as president of Allina’s New Ulm Medical Center, she looked back on eight years of some big changes and accomplishments. “It’s been a great ride. A lot of great things have happened,” said Wightman, “but if you […]

Still no agreement between nurses, hospital

[Owatonna People's Press, Dec. 17, 2010] Owatonna nurses will not have a new contract before Christmas, putting a little something different on their list this year. Local nurses have been in contract negotiations with representatives from Owatonna Hospital since Aug. 16, getting off to a later start than usual. Due to the late start to […]

PCI compliance in Healthcare: Taming the monster at Allina Health System

[Informatics Playbook, Dec. 16, 2010] When most of us think of compliance in healthcare we think of HIPAA. But, over the past few years, PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) has been giving HIPAA a run for its money. Why? In part, because of the sprawling nature of PCI compliance programs, but also because […]

Hospital systems dispute findings of devicemaker study

[Modern Healthcare, Dec. 14, 2010] Allina Hospitals & Clinics is among a group of large hospital systems that has sent a letter to the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (PDF) disputing the findings of a recent study put out by the organization. The study, released this past October, concluded that group purchasing organizations’ contracting practices drive […]