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Christensen has a handle on both business, medicine

[Northfield News, Feb. 25, 2011] Dr. Rod Christensen wasn’t expecting his latest promotion. Christensen was officially named chief medical officer of Allina Medical Clinic in January. Since then, he said “things are going well.” With plenty of on-the-job experience after working as a physician in Northfield for 23 years, and having served as the interim […]

New Cancer Center planned at New Ulm Medical Center

[New Ulm Journal, Feb. 24, 2011] The New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) is on its way to becoming a leader in cancer treatment in southwestern Minnesota. NUMC is planning to move its Cancer Center to a new space in the hospital and more than double its size. An open house for physicians took place Wednesday. […]

Learning Hands-Only CPR

[KSTP-TV, Feb. 23, 2011] It used to be it took hours to learn CPR. Now, the American Heart Association is promoting Hands-Only CPR. It’s so simple that Allina Medical Transportation medical director Dr. Charles Lick can teach it in just a couple of minutes. That’s what he did for KSTP news anchors Bill Lunn and […]

Encouraging signs from Morneau should be tempered

[KSTP-TV, Feb. 22, 2011] Dr. Budd Renier, at Allina’s Cambridge Medical Center, helps athletes who have suffered a concussion. Renier says the fact Twins’ First Baseman Justin Morneau was out on the baseball diamond Tuesday is encouraging.  But he says Morneau and other concussion victims have to go through a battery of tests in order […]

Storm means busy day for ERs and ambulances

[KMSP-TV Fox 9 News, Feb. 21, 2011] Broken bones from slips and falls to heart attacks from snow shoveling kept Allina hospitals and ambulance crews busy during the storm Sunday and Monday. Fox 9 News’ Leah Beno rode along with an Allina Medical Transportation crew and visited the St. Francis Regional Medical Center emergency room […]

Minneapolis Girls Get Pricked by Needles Found in Playground

[KSTP-TV, Feb. 16, 2011] Two Minneapolis girls were pricked by needles after finding them in their school playground.  Police say it happened at the Whittier School along 26th Avenue West and Harriett Street. The girls, eight and seven, found “several” needles according a police report.  They played with them and were poked.  The children were […]

Melt Creates Dangerous Ice Slicks

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Feb. 16, 2011] The warm weather is bringing a dangerous twist — slick patches of sidewalk that are sending people to the doctor’s office. The unseasonably warm weather has brought welcome relief from the bitter chill of winter, but it’s also putting walkers at risk for falls. So far, Allina’s Abbott […]

Bentdahls give $1 million to Minneapolis Heart Institute

[New Ulm Journal, Feb. 15, 2011] The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is the beneficiary of a $1 million testamentary gift from Ray and Shirley Bentdahl. The gift is to be used at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors to advance the life-saving research and education programs conducted by the foundation. Read the full […]

Broken Heart Syndrome Affects Hundreds of Minnesotans

[WCCO Radio, Feb. 14, 2011] There is a lot of talk of love this Valentine’s Day, but for those suffering from a broken heart, it’s a serious matter. Broken heart syndrome is a rare condition in which emotional or physical stress causes people to feel like they are having a heart attack. Dr. Scott Sharkey […]

How to start an exercise program

[Owatonna People’s Pres, Feb. 11, 2011] It’s been well document that people who exercise live longer, on average, than those who don’t. What’s more, they also decrease their chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers, depression and dementia, and lower their risk of falls. Those are […]