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Minnesota hospitals, health officials say they’re well-prepared for Ebola

[Star Tribune, October 4, 2014] A patient checked into Unity Hospital’s emergency room with a fever this summer and then said five ominous words: I just returned from Liberia. The Fridley hospital immediately enacted a public health protocol — isolating the patient, restricting access to caregivers wearing protective garb, and notifying specialists at its parent […]

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His heart gaining strength, can he lose the implant?

[Star Tribune, Sept. 30, 2014] Blake Brunner is one of the first patients to be evaluated for an “explant” at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A final decision might come this week. And two other patients are lined up behind him. “Pretty much any heart should show some signs of […]

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[KARE-TV, September 24, 2014] More than 300 survivors of polio gathered in the Twin Cities to learn more about the lasting effects of the disease and remember the revolutionary woman who helped them fight it. The Courage Kenny Foundation organized the reunion of polio survivors the daylong event, “Life after Polio: Realities and Practicalities” on […]

Medical writing you don’t need to be sick to read

Medical writing you don’t need to be sick to read

[Today's Hospitalist, September 2014] Abbott Northwestern Hospital Hospitalist Craig Bowron, MD, is well aware of the storied tradition of physicians who are also writers; his Twitter handle, after all, is #billcarlosbills. But readers of Dr. Bowron’s Huffington Post blog or his health care articles on Slate and in the Washington Post might liken him more […]

Race is on to find fix for faulty heart valve

Race is on to find fix for faulty heart valve

[Star Tribune, September 15, 2014] A minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery has become a competitive battleground for devicemakers who are racing to get new products into the market. Open-heart surgery is still the preferred method of fixing a faulty aortic valve, but TAVR devices can be delivered to the heart through a small catheter […]

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‘Heart of New Ulm Project’ Wins National Award

[KEYC-TV, August 19, 2014] New Ulm celebrates national recognition of its effort to eliminate heart attacks. The Heart of New Ulm Project won a 2014 Nova Award from the American Hospital Association last month. New Ulm Medical Center president Toby Frier, and Minneapolis Heart Institute project director Jackie Boucher, and Congressman Tim Walz were among […]

Unity Hospital giveaway keeps Park Terrace kids active

Unity Hospital giveaway keeps Park Terrace kids active

[ABC Newspapers, August 15, 2014] Last month, employees of Unity Hospital in Fridley collected outdoor activity supplies to donate to kids in the Spring Lake Park School District to keep them active for the remainder of the summer. During a two-week drive, Unity employees donated 163 basketballs, hula hoops and other outdoor toys for kids […]

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Construction at Mother Baby Center at Mercy topped off

[Coon Rapids Herald, August 15, 2014] Adorned with signatures and messages of goodwill, the final beam of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy was lifted into place during an Aug. 12 “topping off” ceremony at the hospital. The ceremony marks a milestone in the construction process for the facility, a $30 million initiative due to […]

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Leaders praise Heart of New Ulm program

[Mankato Free Press, August 19, 2014] Local health care and political leaders on Tuesday celebrated a New Ulm project that recently won a national award for its achievements in improving community health. The Heart of New Ulm project received the NOVA award in July from the American Hospital Association. It was one of five projects […]

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

[Minnesota Public Radio, August 16, 2014] When her weight crept past 300 pounds last year, Denise Leitz, of New Ulm, Minn., knew something had to change. Her clothes didn’t fit. Airplane seat belts weren’t long enough to reach around her waist — and she was always in pain. “I would drop something on the floor […]