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How St. Francis Regional Medical Center boomed along with Shakopee

[Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Jan. 11, 2017] When Mike McMahan joined St. Francis Regional Medical Center as president in 2014, a series of business expansions promised to bring hundreds of jobs to the hospital’s already-growing hometown of Shakopee. Nearly four years later, the resulting boom in daytime workers — plus steady growth in wealthy Scott […]

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 […]

Making a difference: Regina Hospital physical therapist helps in Peru

[Hastings Star Gazette, Dec. 7, 2017] A local physical therapist from Regina Hospital recently spent a week in Chiclayo, Peru, distributing wheelchairs to people in need. Anna Mangan was part of a team of mechanics, therapists, support staff and seamstresses who served 208 people in the last week of October. “I saw many individuals hadn’t […]

Journal photo by Clay Schuldt. New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman, left, reads a proclamation as part of celebrating the New Ulm Medical Center as Industry of the Year. At right is NUMC President Toby Freier.

New Ulm Medical Center honored as Industry of the Year

[The Journal, November 15, 2017] The New Ulm Area Chamber paid tribute to one of the community’s most important businesses Tuesday night: the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC). A special banquet dinner was held in honor of NUMC at the New Ulm Event Center. The NUMC is the first business to receive the New Ulm […]

Rare medical alliance boosts care in northwest metro

[Star Tribune, Nov. 7, 2017] Ann Losness didn’t want to go back to Mercy Hospital Unity Camps after a four-day stay for heart problems, and the hospital didn’t want her back either. They had gotten along fine — but return visits can be frustrating, expensive and ultimately preventable if hospitals adequately prep patients to go […]

Owatonna Hospital President David Albrecht takes the helm District One

[Faribault Daily News, Nov. 6, 2017] Owatonna Hospital President David Albrecht will assume the same role with District One Hospital starting in December. District One Hospital announced Albrecht as its next President Monday morning after current President Stephen Pribyl announced his retirement earlier this year. Starting Dec. 11, Albrecht will take over as president of […]

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Heart stents fail to ease nonemergency chest pain, landmark study says

[Star Tribune, November 2, 2017] A study of 200 heart patients in the United Kingdom shocked the international cardiology community on Thursday when it reported that patients who had stents put in to treat nonemergency chest pain showed about the same improvements as patients who got a “sham” placebo procedure. Michael Miedema, MD, and Nicholas […]

Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

[Star Tribune, October 27, 2017] Addiction and public health authorities in Minnesota welcomed President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on Thursday, saying they hope it will reduce stigma and promote treatment in a state where overdose deaths have soared in recent years. “Individuals struggling with addiction had been [treated as] the stepchild of the family,” said […]

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Kidney donation links Minnesotan, New Zealanders

[Star Tribune, October 21, 2017] The couple from New Zealand figured they each had a kidney to spare. So why not give one away? That’s what Gerard and Lyn Murphy decided when they heard that a Minnesota friend needed a kidney transplant. “If you see a butterfly stuck in a cobweb, you’re not going to […]

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Scene + Heard: Having a ball at Abbott Northwestern’s Medicine Ball

[Star Tribune, October 19, 2017] An elegantly lit banquet room at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis set the stage for the 2017 Medicine Ball. The annual fundraiser for the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of people suffering with mental health challenges and addiction. The event was expected to raise upward […]