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Allina ICU nurse named chili champ at Unity Hospital

[ABC Newspapers, December 29, 2011] Don Toews is a registered nurse in Unity Hospital’s intensive care unit. He administers medications, he regulates vital signs, he helps accomplish life-saving procedures. Turns out, Toews also makes a mouth-watering bowl of chili. Toews’ cilantro lime and top sirloin chili recipe recently earned him chili champ recognition at Unity […]

New Ulm Cancer Center opens doors, begins treatment

[Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch, November 23, 2011] New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) opened the doors to their new Cancer Center recently, allowing patients their first opportunity to begin treatment at the new facility. Besides the updated facility, the new center is also bringing an expanded partnership with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

Allina taps Mercy’s O’Connor for top job at United Hospital

[Pioneer Press, Nov. 17, 2011] The current president of Allina’s Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids has been named the new president of United Hospital in St. Paul, also an Allina Hospital. Tom O’Connor is scheduled to take the job at United Hospital effective Jan. 2. Located in the West Seventh neighborhood of St. Paul, United […]

Minnesota pastor talks about paralyzing hunting accident

[KARE-TV, Nov. 22, 2011] For 39 years Max Day has been a pastor and for 25 years he has gone deer hunting in northern Minnesota with his sons on opening weekend. This year, on the day of the hunt everything changed when Pastor Day’s deer stand gave way. “I was thinking on the way down, this is not […]

Urban and Rural Heart Attack Patients Fare Equally Well at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[Northland Press, November 22, 2011] Heart attack patients who are transferred from rural hospitals do as well as patients who go directly to Abbott Northwestern for treatment, according to a study published in the November European Heart Journal. “We found that an organized regional heart attack care system can eliminate disparities in treatment between patients […]

Study examines neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest

[Nurse.com, November 21, 2011] Delay in initiation of therapeutic hypothermia and delay in return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), evidenced by a palpable pulse or a measurable blood pressure, were both associated with poor neurologic outcomes in post-cardiac arrest patients, according to a study. Susan Sendelbach, RN, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital […]

Time of day affects heart attack severity

[UPI.com, November 21, 2011] The severity of a heart heart — and subsequent recovery — depends on what time of day the heart attack occurs, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Jay H. Traverse, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and physician researcher with Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation who was […]

Art show at Unity Hospital features work by an area teacher

[Sun Focus, Nov. 17, 2011] Shari Carlson a sixth grade integrated language arts teacher at Coon Rapids Middle School, is the featured artist November and December at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Unity Hospital in Fridley. Read the article.

Women, younger men under-treated before heart attack

[HealthDay News, November 16, 2011] Women and younger men account for a large number of heart attacks in the United States but are less likely than older men to receive preventive medications that lower heart attack risk, a new study indicates. Researchers evaluated more than 3,000 heart attack patients treated at the Minneapolis Heart Institute […]

Women Marathon Runners Have Less Artery Plaque: Study

[HealthDay News, November 15, 2011] Elite female marathon runners have less coronary artery plaque than their male counterparts and sedentary women, a new study finds. A recent Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation study found that elite male marathoner runners may have more coronary artery plaque than men who aren’t physically active, so the investigators decided to […]