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Flu worsens dramatically in Minnesota

[KMSP Fox 9, Jan. 4, 2017] The flu is widespread across Minnesota and experts note it’s not letting up. The latest numbers out from the Minnesota Department of Health show the numbers have roughly doubled within a week. Infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, Dr. Frank Rhame says the latest numbers from MDH show influenza […]

Life Time Fitness removes cable news from gym TVs

[KARE 11, Jan. 4, 2017] Life Time Fitness is turning off cable news channels on TVs in their fitness centers saying that want to lessen the impact of consistently negative or politically charged content on its patrons. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Michael O’Sullivan says that kind of content can negatively impact some people.

St. Francis Regional Medical Center opens wellness center for employees

[KSTP-TV] This is the time of year when cabin fever tends to set in. Add a stressful job on top of that, and it can really bring on the winter blues. But employees at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee have a new place to unwind and get refreshed. The hospital opened a new […]

River Falls Area Hospital welcomes first baby of 2018

[River Falls Journal, Jan. 3, 2017] The first baby of 2018 born at Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital made her appearance at 1:38 p.m. Jan 3, 2018. Dayla Mary O’Neil, weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, was born in the River Falls Area Hospital’s newly remodeled Family Birth Center to […]

Allina Health hospitals start visitor restrictions due to flu

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 2, 2018] It’s the middle of the flu season in Minnesota. And as such, Allina Health is taking steps at all of its facilities to prevent influenza from spreading. Starting Tuesday, new visitor restrictions are in place at each of Allina Health’s 12 hospitals and more than 90 clinics. Allina has seen an […]

As flu spreads, Allina hospitals restricting visitors

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 29, 2017] The flu is now considered “widespread” across Minnesota. In other words, the flu virus has been reported at hospitals all over the state. Allina Health hospitals are placing restrictions on visitors to stop the spread. “We say stay at home if you can,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist […]

Allina paramedic’s stray from routine leads to evacuation of burning home

[KARE 11, Dec. 29, 2017] Sometimes the most simple decisions have profound impacts in life. You could say that was the case on Thursday for Kathy Reitan, a paramedic for Allina Health EMS. Leaving their base in Anoka, she and her partner Bruce Anderson took a right on 7th avenue. “Generally we go out and […]

Allina dispatcher walks couple, officer through roadside birth

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 25, 2017] As most people unwrapped presents Christmas morning, Hannah Lindeman and her husband Taylor were headed to United Hospital in St. Paul with a daughter on the way. The birth was four weeks ahead of schedule, a holiday surprise that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “roadside delivery.” Unable to […]

How to deal with addiction, mental illness during the holidays

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 23, 2017] The holidays are a time of joy, but can also be a difficult time for people dealing with addiction or mental illness. Dr. Roger Laroche, an addiction and mental health specialist with Allina Health, says both biological and personal issues during the holiday seasons can impact addiction and mental illness. Laroche […]

Can the sun give us enough vitamin D in the winter?

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 19, 2017] For the first time in two and half weeks, the sun came out on Tuesday. But was it enough to get us the vitamin D we need? “This far north, most of us are not getting enough vitamin D in the winter,” said April Chu, a nurse practitioner of integrative medicine […]