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New study suggests costly heart devices are too often implanted

[Pioneer Press, Jan. 4, 2011] Implanted devices that shock failing hearts back into rhythm have saved tens of thousands of lives, doctors say, while also supporting a vibrant cluster of large medical-device companies in the Twin Cities. But a new study reports that about 20 percent of more than 110,000 patients who received these costly […]

Multi-Tasking Serves Medical Assistants Well

[Star Tribune, Jan. 5, 2011] If there’s one thing an employer likes, it’s someone who can perform many tasks. Medical assistants fit the bill. Certified medical assistants mostly work in clinics, administering injections, taking blood pressure readings, drawing blood, performing common laboratory tests, working with medical records, scheduling patients and performing electrocardiograms. Mark Ziemer, 51, […]

Allina Medical Clinic names chief medical officer

[Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Jan. 5, 2011] Allina Medical Clinic has promoted from within to fill its chief medical officer position. The clinics operation, which has 45 clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, named Dr. Rod Christensen to the position. Read more at bizjournals.com. Read the Allina news release in the Allina Newsroom.