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Record cloudy January affects our mood

[KARE 11, Jan. 30, 2020]  If you’re missing the sun, you’re not alone. This has been the gloomiest January on record for the Twin Cities. Records began at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory in 1963.  “Scientifically, we know that sunlight is important for mind, body, health. So when we don’t get sun, it certainly […]

Coronavirus update

[KARE 11, Jan. 29, 2020] Coronavirus cases in China have now reached more than 5,900. At least 132 deaths are reported in Wuhan, the so-called epicenter of the virus. According to Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, the virus is reported in 15 other countries and ‘will continue to spread’. “Because […]

Allina Health improves the patient experience by taking the surprise out of prescription costs

Allina Health improves the patient experience by taking the surprise out of prescription costs

[Epic, Jan. 27, 2020] Six hundred doctors at Allina Health in Minnesota are using a price transparency tool embedded in Epic, its electronic patient health record, to have meaningful discussions with patients about what they’ll pay out of pocket for medications. A patient’s estimated out-of-pocket cost appears in Epic when a provider is ordering a […]

One-third of American adults do not get enough sleep

[WCCO-TV, Jan, 25, 2020] Poor sleep is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, as well as trouble with concentration, memory and the immune system. Allina Health sleep specialist Dr. Andrew Stiehm at the United Lung and Sleep Clinic talked with WCCO News about why that is and how to make sure you get enough sleep. Yahoo! News […]

With 2 confirmed cases in the U.S., coronavirus raises fears

[Faribault Daily News, Jan. 24, 2020] Two suspected cases of the deadly illness coronavirus have been reported in Minnesota, sparking fears that a now-global epidemic which started in China could be close to hitting home. In the wake of rising concerns over the virus, the Minnesota Department of Health issued an alert earlier this week […]

Five years make a big difference at District One Hospital

Five years make a big difference at District One Hospital

[Faribault Daily News, Jan. 22, 2020] Five short years ago, District One Hospital transitioned ownership from an independent stand-alone hospital supported in part with taxpayer money to Allina Health, one of the largest health systems in Minnesota with a national reputation for innovation and excellence. As we celebrate our five year affiliation anniversary, I thought […]

Allina Health proposes new EMS services for River Falls area

Allina Health proposes new EMS services for River Falls area

[RiverTown Multimedia, Jan. 21, 2020] In another wave from the wake of EMS department financial sustainability, River Falls is now exploring service provisions from Allina Health. The city sent requests for proposals to all known non-governmental area EMS service providers in November 2019. Allina Health and North Memorial were the only two responders. A review […]

Sober curious? Here’s what happens when you abstain from alcohol

[Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 17, 2020] Drinking alcohol is a big part of how we socialize. But increasingly, people are choosing to abstain for a month or more for personal reasons. What happens when we cut out booze? Minnesota Public Radio MPR News host Angela Davis talked with Dr. David Frenz about what it all […]

How to make the most of that fitness tracker on your wrist

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 17, 2020] If you got a new fitness tracker to wear on your wrist for Christmas, you may still be trying to figure out how to make the most of it. Allina Health clinical exercise physical therapist Gail Ericson at the LiveWell Fitness Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital talked with WCCO News about […]

Stop ignoring prediabetes and what you can do to prevent it

[KARE 11, Jan. 14, 2020] An estimated 84 million people in the United States are likely prediabetic and they don’t know it. Prediabetics don’t have any symptoms, but their blood glucose levels are above average. And, it’s a strong indication that they will develop diabetes. Dr. Christopher Schoonover, an endocrinologist with Allina Health joined KARE […]