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Cambridge-Isanti teachers prepped to deal with medical emergencies

[KSTP-TV, Aug. 30, 2017] As their final week of summer vacation wraps up, teachers in the Cambridge-Isanti school district are getting an interactive lesson like they’ve never had before. Step by step, these teachers learn the process of what to do and how to do it — and what a real medical emergency at school […]

Hutchinson native finding new strength

Hutchinson native finding new strength

[Hutchinson Leader, August 26, 2017] Eighteen years after he was paralyzed in a car crash north of Hutchinson at age 17, Colby Smith was recently reminded how to feels to be on his feet — with assistance. “I cannot ever remember feeling so wobbly and uncoordinated while I was walking (before),” he said.  “I guess […]

How to safely view the solar eclipse

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 19, 2017] Fascination with the solar eclipse has captured just about everyone’s imagination. Many are traveling to locations to see the total eclipse. But experts like Allina Health ophthalmologist Dr. Sundeep Dev are warning us not to look into the sun without special protective eye wear. He talked with WCCO-TV News about safe […]

The Mother Baby Center

[KSTP-TV, Aug. 16, 2017] Having a baby, often means you remember the most minute details about the experience, the pregnancy and then of course the delivery. And the care you receive during that memorable time has changed so much. That’s especially true at The Mother Baby Center. And as Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson […]

How can you watch the eclipse safely?

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 15, 2017] Make sure you have eclipse-watching-approved glasses if you plan on looking directly at the sun during the eclipse next Monday. Eye retina specialist, Dr. Geoff Emerson, of Allina’s Phillips Eye Institute, warns that even a few seconds looking at the sun without protecting your eye can permanently damage your eyes. He […]

Mayo Clinic tops ‘Best Hospitals’ list for third time in four years; Abbott Northwestern earned the top spot among the hospitals in the Twin Cities area

Mayo Clinic tops ‘Best Hospitals’ list for third time in four years; Abbott Northwestern earned the top spot among the hospitals in the Twin Cities area

[Twin Cities Business Magazine, August 9, 2017] In a repeat from last year, Abbott Northwestern, which is run by Minneapolis-based Allina Health, was selected as the best hospital in the Twin Cities area. Allina Health chief executive Penny Wheeler said in a statement that the company was “especially proud” of the hospital’s high ranking. “We […]

Allina Health's Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Allina Health metro hospitals among state’s best says U.S. News & World Report

[BusinessWire, Aug. 8, 2017] Abbott Northwestern Hospital retained the first place ranking for Best Hospital in the Twin Cities and second in Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 rankings released today. Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, and United Hospital, St. Paul, were each selected as a Best Regional Hospital. “We focus on quality […]

Actor/writer Sam Shepard’s death shines light on ALS

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 5, 2017] Actor-writer Sam Shepard’s death from ALS has focused attention on ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Allina Health neurologist, Dr. Praful Kelkar, talked with WCCO News about the disease and the search for a cure.

Regina Hospital surgeon retires after 37 years

[Hastings Star Gazette, Aug. 5, 2017] After 37 years of service in the Hastings community, Allina Health Regina Hospital general surgeon John Carlson retired July 21. Throughout his decades long career, he has completed around 16,000 surgeries; sometimes he would complete two or three surgeries in one day. Carlson was originally going to retire from […]

FDA proposes less nicotine in cigarettes

[KARE 11, Aug. 3, 2017] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, which seeks to lower nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. That, says Dr. Roger Laroche, an addiction specialist with Allina Health, is great news, but it’s not the only thing that’s needed to keep teens […]