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Skiers hit the slopes for Allina’s Courage Kenny

[KARE 11, Jan. 29, 2019] Skiers of all ages and abilities will be hit the slopes each year for the Allina Health’s Annual Courage Kenny Cup to benefit the Courage Kenny Adaptive Alpine Ski and Snowboard Program. Lisa Gacek is a Volunteer Head Coach for the Adaptive Alpine Ski & Snowboard Team. She talked with […]

Allina Health launches work on consolidated call center

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 25, 2019] Allina Health leaders and Anoka County and Coon Rapids elected leaders took part in a “Demolition Ceremony” marking the start of renovating 58,000 square feet of space in Coon Rapids into Allina’s new Customer Experience Center which will consolidate 62 different current call centers around the system. The event was covered […]

Cervical cancer screening saves lives

[KARE 11, Jan. 25, 2019] More than 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year and more than a quarter of those women will die from the disease. Yet, with screenings and vaccines, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers today. Dr. Emily Prendergast is an oncologist with Allina Health and […]

Stroke care from afar: How Telestroke works

[S.D. Public TV, Jan. 24, 2019] Stroke doctors at Allina Health’s United Hospital treat patients as far away South Dakota via the hospital’s TeleStroke program. United stroke neurologist, Dr. Sandra Hanson was interviewed by South Dakota Public TV for it’s Prairie Doc program and explained how patients in smaller hospitals can benefits from specialists hundreds […]

Flu season ramping up in Minnesota

[KARE 11, Jan. 24, 2019] The new Minnesota influenza report shows outbreaks at schools are on the rise for the second week in a row. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), 30 schools reported outbreaks last week, up from 12 the week before. The report comes after one Minnesota school closed because 20 […]

Setting resolutions that stick beyond the new year

[KARE 11, Jan. 23, 2019] If you’re like the nearly 80-percent of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, experts say you’ve either already quit or are second-guessing your goals. Dr. Roger Laroche is an addiction specialist and psychiatrist with Allina Health. He sheds some light on why so many of us fall into the trap […]

Why 3D mammograms are better than 2D

[KARE 11, Jan. 22, 2019] If a woman gets a yearly mammogram, she’s likely been offered something new in the last few years: a 3D mammogram. She’s also likely been told it will cost you more out of pocket. So, is the new scan worth the extra cash? KARE 11 went to Allina Health’s Piper […]

Widespread flu forces visitor restrictions at Allina Health hospitals

[KARE 11, Jan. 21, 2019] Allina Health has put visitor restrictions into effect at all its hospitals and clinics since the Minnesota Department of Health has declared influenza widespread across the state. The restrictions ask that children under the age of 5 not visit patients. If you are sick, please refrain from visiting patients. And […]

Hastings mom uses her fight against cancer to inspire generosity

[KARE 11, Jan. 18, 2019] When Melissa Black began fighting breast cancer last year, she knew she wasn’t alone. Her husband, Charlie, and her two sons, Marcus and Donovan, fought through the tough days with her. Though her fight against cancer at Allina Health, Melissa decided to live by a simple motto: choose joy. Months […]

Anti-vaxxers among top ‘threats to global health,’ WHO says

[KMSP Fox 9, jan 17, 2019] Anti-vaxxers, or those who oppose vaccines, were deemed a top “threat to global health” in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization in a recently released list said that while vaccines are “one of the most cost-effective ways for avoiding disease,” there are several reasons — including […]