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God, Allah, Buddha, Great Spirit: Minnesota hospital chaplains adapt to diversity

[Star Tribune, February 18, 2017] The Rev. Verlyn Hemmen remembers the days when a hospital chaplain wore a clerical collar, carried a Bible and visited the bedsides of Minnesotans who were overwhelmingly Catholic and Lutheran. Today roughly a third of patients are something else, estimates Hemmen, who oversees spiritual care at Twin Cities Allina Hospitals. […]

Got stress? Just sit back … and smell

[Twelve News, November 29, 2016] The holiday season is known as the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ but for some, the holidays can get overwhelming, making stress relief essential to our mental health. For people looking for a new way to manage stress, registered nurse Julie Streeter of Allina’s Penny George Institute for Health […]

Rethinking end-of-life dread

[Minnesota Public Radio, November 17, 2016] New research shows the emotional and social quality of life near its end may not be nearly as bad as many expected. Sandy Schellinger, palliative nurse with Allina Health LifeCourse, talked about new studies she and other researchers are presenting this week to the Gerontology Society of America. Listen […]

Health Check: Parents use playground for personal gym

[Twelve News, July 5, 2016] “Yeah, we’re avid park goers,” said Abbie Johnson, a mother of four. Johnson takes her children to the park partially so they can burn off energy, but also out of necessity. “A playground like this is a great one,” said Steve Moore, an exercise physiologist from WestHealth in Plymouth. “Great location we’re […]

FDA about to change what is on food labels

[KARE 11, June 13, 2016] The way we think about and look at food is changing. The FDA is giving nutrition labels on all food packaging a makeover. Serving size, sugar and fat labels will be different. Registered Dietitian Janel Hemmesch with Abbott Northwestern Hospital talked wityh KARE 11 about when we will start to […]

Slowing down, living better through mindfulness meditation

[WCCO-TV, May 10, 2016] Folks are doing it at home and at work. Every Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., a group of Allina Health employees meet in a conference room to meditate. Allina’s hospitals and clinics started offering mindfulness meditation classes to the community three years ago, in response to patients asking for help managing […]

Emergency room patients are choosing acupuncture instead of painkillers at Minneapolis hospital

[KSTP-TV, May 5, 2016] Overdoses from painkillers and heroin are just about as deadly as car crashes in Minnesota. Last year, 336 deaths were linked to the use of opioids or heroin. In contrast, 411 people died in crashes. Fatal facts like that drove a Minneapolis hospital to find another way to tame the pain. […]

Health Check: Fit 3D tracks fitness progress

[Twelve News, April 19, 2016] Minneapolis resident Kaylee Arostegui is an active woman who works out five to six times a week. Next week, she’ll have surgery on her foot. Before she has surgery, she wanted to get an accurate snapshot of her physical health, so she made her way to Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth […]

Is cancer caused by luck or lifestyle?

[KARE-TV, February 22, 2016] A new study says as much as 90 percent of the lifetime risk of developing cancer can be blamed on things like environment, smoking, drinking, diet and tanning. Dr. Courtney Baechler from the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwesterntalked with KARE11-TV about how big of a role […]

New food and beverage choices coming to Abbott Northwestern Hospital

New food and beverage choices coming to Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[The Alley, January 18, 2016] On December 1st, Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Allina Health announced that they were putting into action a new food and beverage policy starting in 2016. These changes will include removing sugary drinks and deep-fat fried foods from all cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops. As part of this change, the […]