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With Allina Health grant, Shakopee women kick off Esperanza Latina Soccer League

[Star Tribune, July 23, 2014] Yuniba Montoya was accustomed to cheering from the sidelines as her sons played soccer. Then one day her son asked: “Why don’t you play sometime so you can see what it’s like?” That’s all it took for Montoya and a group of fellow Latina mothers in Shakopee to move from […]

Minneapolis airport worker saved by coworkers, supported by friends

[KMSP-TV, July 18, 2014] Living in Abbott Northwestern Hospital minutes can feel like hours, and the days often run together. On April 14, 47-year old Wendy Kichler was working at her new job at the ticket counter for Frontier Airlines. Her daughter, Melinda Kichler, also works at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and remembers a coworker […]

National Wheelchair Softball World Series comes to Brooklyn Park

National Wheelchair Softball World Series comes to Brooklyn Park

[Brooklyn Park Sun Post, July 21, 2014] It’s fast, competitive and comprised of dedicated athletes. For the first time, the National Wheelchair Softball World Series will be held in Brooklyn Park next month. The 14-team – possibly 16-team if Japanese and Nigerian teams are able to show – double-elimination championship will feature teams from around […]

Minnesota man up-and-running again on prosthetic leg

[KMSP-TV, July 17, 2014] At Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at United Hospital, a Minnesota man was learning to run again with his brand new prosthetic leg after a workplace accident left him facing life as an amputee. Peterson was working for a steel company and was loading sheet metal on a rail cart in 2011 […]

Minnesota Medicaid contract changes save $10.5 million

Minnesota Medicaid contract changes save $10.5 million

[Pioneer Press, July 14, 2014] A program to lower health costs through new payment contracts with doctors and hospitals generated about $10.5 million in savings during its first year, according to state officials. The new contracts let health care providers share in the savings when quality care is provided more efficiently. So, about $2.8 million […]

Allina leads transporting mental health patients without stigma of flashing lights

[Star Tribune, July 17, 2014] Allina Health, along with a number of hospitals and local officials across Minnesota, is trying new ways to transport mental health patients in a more dignified manner, such as unmarked vehicles with plainclothes paramedics. They aim to reduce the stigma associated with a psychiatric crisis while also reducing the enormous […]

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MN woman runs against Crohn’s disease

[KARE-TV, July 9, 2014] Life has already given a Minneapolis woman a marathon, but Sonya Goins refuses to see the obstacles Crohn’s disease has put in her path. This week, even while hospitalized, Goins, 50, is determined to fight back by running a half marathon in Ireland to help find a cure. Goins, 50, is […]

New approach to wellness – resiliency – is gaining ground

New approach to wellness – resiliency – is gaining ground

[Star Tribune, July 7, 2014] Severe chronic pain from years of playing rugby forced Deb Hitt to the sidelines. The injuries, coupled with the loss of a sport she so loved, sapped her spirit, too. “It knocked the air and the life out of me,” said Hitt, of Minneapolis. “I let the pain define me.” […]

Easy tips to burn calories at work

[WCCO-TV, June 30, 2014] Every day, the average American needs to burn 100 calories just to keep their weight the same. It might not sound like a lot at first, but if you add it up, 100 calories a day for a year is an extra 5 pounds. So, WCCO-TV went to Allina Health to […]

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Telehealth helps cardiology program grow its market

[Cardiovascular Business, June 24, 2014] Telehealth offers a way to expand outreach and simultaneously improve population health. And for a cardiology enterprise, it might not be as expensive you think, according to the director of telehealth and telecardiology at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, part of Allina Health. Outreach always has been a hallmark of the […]