Spring allergies in bloom

[KMSP-TV, May 1, 2016} Itchy, watery eyes, running nose, sneezing… spring allergy season is in full bloom. Ask one of the 50 million Americans who are suffering and they will likely tell you this year has already been awful. Dr. Pramod Kelkar, a board certified allergy specialist from Allina Health says this year seems to […]

Allina Health sleep expert advocates for afternoon naps

[WCCO-AM, April 29, 2016] In the adult world, taking time for a nap during your work day might be frowned upon, but a little shut-eye in the afternoon is actually one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Dr. Andrew Stiehm, a sleep specialist with Allina Health has tips on […]

Orlando Charry, MD
Pain Medicine Specialist
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

The DEA wants your unused, expired prescription drugs

[KMSP-TV, April 29, 2016] The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement officials helped Minnesotans dispose of more than 5,000 pounds of prescription drugs Saturday as a part of a national effort to curb prescription drug abuse. Read more at fox9.com.

Heart valve repair on Tuesday, home on Thursday

[KSTP-TV, April 27, 2016] On Tuesday, a United Hospital team was repairing a failing valve in 83 year old Donald Nierenhausen’s heart. Two days later, Nierenhausen is headed home. This first of its kind in the Twin Cities transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve repair procedure performed by a United Heart and Vascular Clinic team lead by cardiologist […]

For many singles, it’s a one-and-done dating scene

For many singles, it’s a one-and-done dating scene

[Star Tribune, April 27, 2016] There are many fish in the sea, but with the advent of Match.com, Tinder, even Twitter, those fish have never been so easy to catch. We can order up our next date the same way we order a pizza. One in 10 Americans — and a total of 91 million […]

Napping at work may be good for you and your company

[KARE11, April 26, 2016] A growing body of research suggests that for some of us, in the right kinds of work, at short nap at work in the afternoon may make you a more productive employee. Sleep doctor Andrew Stiehm, medical director at the United Lung and Sleep Clinic, St. Paul, talked with KARE 11 […]

Tim Sielaff, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer 
Allina Health

At Allina Health, unlocking the power of data

[Healthcare Informatics, April 26, 2016] As an organization participating in the federal Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) program, Allina Health, based in Minneapolis, has a natural incentive to improve clinical performance. Even so, the decision on the part of senior leaders at the 13-hospital, 90-clinic, 26,000-employee Allina to commit to achieving exceptional outcomes—senior executives strove […]

As mosquitoes blossom, what you need to know about the Zika virus

[KMSP Fox 9, April 26, 2016] Mosquitoes are already starting to buzz. The CDC has issued new warnings about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Allina Health Clinics infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame talked with Fox 9 about the latest on this dangerous illness.

Health systems rely on design thinking for management and innovation

Health systems rely on design thinking for management and innovation

[News-Medical.Net, April 19, 2016] Current health system practices are not sufficient to address growing rates of obesity and diabetes, health and economic disparities and cost control. “A Design Thinking Framework for Healthcare Management and Innovation” argues that addressing these complex challenges will require leaders that can think, and act, more like designers. “Perhaps one of […]

Paralyzed, but hopeful

[WCCO-TV, April 21, 2016] A young father, paralyzed after diving into Lake Minnetonka, is telling his story for the first time. He crushed his spine. Now at Allina Health’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, he’s fighting his way back.