Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital Gift of Life event celebrates organ donors and families

[CTN News, April 26, 2019] Mercy Hospital‘s Gift of Life event celebrates all those who donated organs with their families at the annual ceremony. Families of organ donors and organ recipients came together to remember those who gave and remind others to sign up to be donors.

After 28 years together, this couple married in the Mercy Hospital chapel when he was told he was dying of cancer

[Washington Post, March 5, 2019] Late on Feb. 22, doctors told Jason Spencer his health was declining so rapidly, he might not live through the night. Spencer, 46, had been battling Stage 4 colon cancer for two years. It had spread to his liver, lungs, kidney and spine, but now, doctors said, the cancer had […]

Cancer patient marries his bride in Mercy Hospital chapel

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 27, 2019] They had lived together for 28 years, raised kids together, but never formally married. They decided to change that when Jason Spencer learned he had just weeks, even days, to live after colon cancer had spread to his brain. So last Saturday, in the Mercy Hospital chapel, Jason married Jodi. Now […]

Change continues at Mercy Hospital campuses

[Sun Focus, March 11, 2018] Allina Health is halfway through a three-and-half-year project to truly transform Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and the former Unity Hospital in Fridley into “one hospital, two campuses.” At the beginning of 2017, the two hospitals, 9 miles apart, officially merged and began operating under one license. Unity Hospital is […]

Mercy Hospital’s Sara Criger is reshaping the delivery of health care

[Minnesota Business, Jan. 26, 2017] Sara Criger, president of Allina’s Mercy Hospital, is a serial change agent. Her leadership has impacted a number of hospitals in the metro area, including Fairview Ridges Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Criger grew up planning to become a nurse like her mother, and […]

To improve health care quality and cut costs, collaboration instead of competition

[MinnPost, Sept. 15, 2017] In the Twin Cities region, Minneapolis-based Allina Health and Bloomington-based HealthPartners are competing providers. But in the northwest corner of the metro, the two nonprofit health systems are working together in a unique partnership. Allina and HealthPartners, which also offers insurance, joined forces in 2010 to create an initiative known as […]

How health care collaboration can improve quality and cut costs

[Twin Cities Business Magazine, September 2017] In the Twin Cities region, Minneapolis-based Allina Health and Bloomington-based HealthPartners are competing providers. But in the northwest corner of the metro, the two nonprofit health systems are working together in a unique partnership. Allina and HealthPartners, which also offers insurance, joined forces in 2010 to create an initiative […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why expecting moms count kicks

[KSTP-TV, July 23, 2017] Many expectant parents are turning to apps to help them get through the pregnancy and track the movements of their babies before their born. In fact, an Iowa mom recently made national headlines for crediting a “kick” app for saving her newborn’s life. Dr. Patricia Harper is an OB/GYN with Allina […]