Halloween safety

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 30, 2014] The ghosts and goblins are about to hit the streets in search of treats. Allina Health‘s manager of community health improvement, Susan Nygaard, talked with KSTP-TV’s Leah McLean about how to make it a safe Halloween.

Unity Hospital designated as Ebola treatment location

[Coon Rapids Herald, Oct. 30, 2014] Under a new statewide strategy to care for Ebola patients, Unity Hospital in Fridley has been designated one of four hospitals to treat patients should any cases arise. The Minnesota Hospital Association announced that hospitals and health systems from around the state have developed a coordinated strategy to care […]

First responders ramp up for possible Ebola cases

[Star Tribune, Oct. 29, 2014] As national, state and local leaders debate quarantines and other measures to combat Ebola, Twin Cities first responders have ­quietly introduced new protocols and reinforced existing ones. Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, which provides ambulance service to thousands of people in suburban and rural parts of the state, has repackaged […]

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Twin Cities hospital gives tour of Ebola unit

[KARE-TV, Oct. 28, 2014] Unity Hospital in Fridley is one of four Minnesota hospitals designated to care for Ebola patients. It’s all part of the state’s coordinated strategy to handle the virus if it arrives here. On Tuesday, Unity Hospital officials gave KARE 11 a tour of the rooms where patients would stay. Watch the […]

River Falls Area Hospital sets up Ebola protocol

[River Falls Journal, Oct. 23, 2014] Walk into the River Falls hospital, the clinic or take a ride in the River Falls ambulance, and you’ll be asked two questions: Have you traveled or been exposed to someone who has travelled to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea? Do you display certain symptoms? If the answer is […]

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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 […]