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Mayo Clinic tops ‘Best Hospitals’ list for third time in four years; Abbott Northwestern earned the top spot among the hospitals in the Twin Cities area

Mayo Clinic tops ‘Best Hospitals’ list for third time in four years; Abbott Northwestern earned the top spot among the hospitals in the Twin Cities area

[Twin Cities Business Magazine, August 9, 2017] In a repeat from last year, Abbott Northwestern, which is run by Minneapolis-based Allina Health, was selected as the best hospital in the Twin Cities area. Allina Health chief executive Penny Wheeler said in a statement that the company was “especially proud” of the hospital’s high ranking. “We […]

Allina Health's Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Allina Health metro hospitals among state’s best says U.S. News & World Report

[BusinessWire, Aug. 8, 2017] Abbott Northwestern Hospital retained the first place ranking for Best Hospital in the Twin Cities and second in Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 rankings released today. Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, and United Hospital, St. Paul, were each selected as a Best Regional Hospital. “We focus on quality […]

Why brain games may be a bust

[KARE 11, July 28, 2017] They may be fun, but researchers say certain brain-training games are a bust when it comes to boosting our decision-making skills. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience reveals they’re no better than the average video game. Dr.Jesse Corry, a neurologist at United Hospital’s John Nasseff […]

Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a camp sponsor. Photo by ABC Newspapers.

Lots of life lessons learned at Coon Rapids Safety Camp

[ABC Newspapers, July 28, 2017] Members of the Coon Rapids police and fire departments, Allina Health, U.S. Air Force hosted the Coon Rapids Safety Camp on July 18 and 19 near the Coon Rapids Ice Arena. The camp has been held for over 20 years. The program’s mission is to promote awareness and importance about […]

The Heart of New Ulm Project’s Food Environment Action Team

HONU Food Action Team takes local food tour

[The Journal, July 21, 2017] The Heart of New Ulm Project’s Food Environment Action Team, accompanied by the director of the MN Food Charter Network, participated in a tour of various New Ulm food venues on July 19. Read more at

Knee pain, surgery and in between

[KARE11-TV, July 21, 2017] Running, walking, swimming, cycling– all wonderful ways to enjoy a Minnesota summer, and all activities that can put a lot of stress on our knees! It’s estimated that more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed in the U-S every year, but is going under the knife always best? Dr. Anthony Anderson […]

Alison Pence, director of community relations for Allina Health, gave a bicycle to a kid during Saturday’s distribution event in Minneapolis. (

Minneapolis Somali-American kids get wheels, thanks to bike giveaway

[Star Tribune, July 15, 2017] On a steamy summer day perfect for wheeling around the neighborhood, excited kids snapped up bicycles donated by Allina Health on Saturday in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Allina and its community partners dispersed 108 bikes at the Brian Coyle Community Center in response to a frustrated social media post by activist […]

When your brain needs a day off

[WCCO Radio, July 13, 2017] When a woman emailed her boss she needed to take a “mental health day” and boss emailed back a very supportive message, she posted it on social media and the message went viral. The incident speaks to the stigma attached to mental health issues, something the Allina Health psychiatrist, Dr. […]

Tim Sielaff, MD

OpenNotes launch gives 500K patients access to health data

[PatientEngagementHIT, July 7, 2017] Allina Health has officially launched OpenNotes, allowing its nearly 500,000 patients access to health data and clinician notes. The health system serves individuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is the first in the area to adopt the OpenNotes philosophy, which calls for providers to make clinician notes freely accessible for patients. […]

How to incorporate healthy fats into your diet

[KARE 11, July 3, 2017] Bad news for coconut oil fans: New research shows it has more saturated fat than butter and lard. The American Heart Association says despite it being marketed as “healthy,” it’s simply not. Allina Health dietitian Elizabeth Vander Laan with Allina Health says olive oil is a healthy oil that can […]