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Mercy Hospital’s Sara Criger is reshaping the delivery of health care

[Minnesota Business, Jan. 26, 2017] Sara Criger, president of Allina’s Mercy Hospital, is a serial change agent. Her leadership has impacted a number of hospitals in the metro area, including Fairview Ridges Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Criger grew up planning to become a nurse like her mother, and […]

Integrative medicine instead of opioids for pain?

[WCCO Radio, Jan. 23, 2018] On International Integrative Health Day, the head of Allina’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Dr. Courtney Baechler talks with WCCO Radio about how integrative medicine offers alternatives to many conventional medical treatments including addictive pain medications.

Dr. Elizabeth Baldwin

ADHD drug use spikes among women of child-bearing age

[Star Tribune, Jan. 19, 2018] A spike in the number of women taking stimulants for attention disorders is raising concern among doctors about the potential impact on pregnancy. Federal health officials on Thursday reported a 344 percent increase since 2003 in women between the ages of 15 and 44 who filled prescriptions for stimulants and […]

Flu remains widespread in Minnesota, across the nation

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 18, 2017] Hundreds of new cases of the flu are still popping up across Minnesota, and many of those people are ending up in the hospital. More than 400 Minnesotans were hospitalized with the flu last week. “We know for sure that it started unusually early, we know that it’s mostly H3N2, which […]

Did the Vikings give you a heart attack?

[Sansevere Podcast, Jan. 18, 2018] If the stunning end to the Vikings – New Orleans Saints game got your heart beating extra fast, you weren’t alone. Minneapolis Heart Institute cardiologist Dr. Marc Newell talked with the Pioneer Press’s Bob Sansevere about how our bodies react to dramatic events.

CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands

[KARE 11, Jan. 17, 2018] CVS Health Monday said it will ban photo manipulation in its store-brand makeup marketing and promotional displays, a move that acknowledges growing awareness of the harmful nature of touched-up images. Allina Health psychiatrist, Dr. Michael O’Sullivan, talked with KARE 11 News about how unrealistically beautiful touched-up images can affect our […]

How St. Francis Regional Medical Center boomed along with Shakopee

[Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Jan. 11, 2017] When Mike McMahan joined St. Francis Regional Medical Center as president in 2014, a series of business expansions promised to bring hundreds of jobs to the hospital’s already-growing hometown of Shakopee. Nearly four years later, the resulting boom in daytime workers — plus steady growth in wealthy Scott […]

Should you see a doctor for the flu? Maybe, maybe not

KSTP-TV, Jan. 10, 2018] According to the Minnesota Department of Health, this marks the peak period of flu season. Some who get ill elect to go to a doctor for diagnosis. But others, are choosing to stay home. At eVisit, the online diagnostic service operated by Allina Health, activity was up 26 percent in November […]

Expert: Video game addiction is real

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 9, 2018] Many of us, kids and adults, spend lots of time with our computers and phones playing video games. But can it become an addiction? Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist, Dr. Roger Laroche says it truly can be an addiction and there’s research to back that up.

Why do some people handle cold better than others?

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 6, 2018] Are you a cold weather lover or hater? Some of us handle cold better than others. Allina Health Clinics physician Dr. Frank Rhame discussed why with WCCO-TV News.