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New Allina Health 911 dispatcher training puts emphasis on mental health

[KMSP Fox 9, April 17, 2019] A first of its kind in Minnesota mental health training program for 911 dispatchers is trying to bring a more holistic approach to de-escalating people in crisis. Allina Health Emergency Medical Services is the first in the state to have all their employees certified. Traditional training for most 911 […]

Allina Health opens sixth Everyday Clinic in Plymouth

[CCX News, April 15, 2019] Allina Health’s sixth Everyday Clinic is now open in Plymouth. Everyday Clinics are part of Allina’s growing offerings in convenience care to meet customers where they are rather than making them come to the doctor.

Thousands of kids get free bike

[Fox 9, April 13, 2019] Thousands of kids who otherwise might not be able to afford it, now have a freshly cleaned and refurbished bike. Hundreds of Allina Health volunteers fitted donated bikes and new helmets to the kids just in time for spring through the Free Bikes 4 Kidz program. KARE 11 and KSTP-TV […]

FDA proposes changes to mammogram rules

[KARE 11, April 12, 2019] 1 in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. The key to survival is early detection. For the first time in 20 years, the FDA is proposing changes to mammogram rules. The agency wants mammogram centers to notify women if they have dense breast tissue […]

Get ready for spring allergy season right around the corner

[KARE 11, April 12, 2019] Forget about that snow outside right now, spring allergy season is about to take hold. Allina Health allergist Dr. Pramod Kelkar talked with KARE 11 News about what allergy activators are about to hit us and how to combat them.

“Chickenpox parties” vs vaccine: Doc says vaccine for sure

[KARE 11, April 10, 2019] “Chickenpox parties” recently made headlines after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said he chose to expose his children to the highly contagious virus, instead of getting them vaccinated. The old and often controversial parties are regaining popularity among anti-vaccine parents. Dr. Frank Rhame, Allina Health infectious disease specialist, talked about the […]

Surprising case of esophageal cancer raises awareness of growing disease

[KMSP Fox 9, April 9, 2019] April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and the deadly disease is rapidly on the rise. Allina Health is home to one of the leading medical teams fighting the cancer. Recently, they treated one of their youngest patients who came in with some slight indigestion – and discovered he had […]

Ban the Tan: There is no such thing as a healthy tan

[WCCO-TV, April 9, 2019] Unless it’s sprayed on, tanning is bad for you says Allina Health dermatologist Dr. Kevin Christensen. He told WCCO TV that sun damages our skin and the damage is cumulative.

New FDA rules to give patients more info after breast cancer screenings

[WCCO-TV, April 8, 2019] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new rule to require health care providers tell women if they have dense breast tissue after a mammogram. Dense tissue make it harder to detect breast cancer. Dr. Trudi Parker, a radiologist with Allina Healths’s Piper Breast Center, supports new FDA regulations. […]

Gift of Life celebration of organ donors and recipients

[KSTP-TV, April 4, 2019] Last year 15 critically ill people received a heart transplant at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Many more donated organs for transplant. The hospital’s annual Gift of Life event celebrated the lives and the donations with recipients and donor families.