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Abbott Northwestern health kick includes Panera Bread in former McDonald’s spot

[Star Tribune, Feb. 16, 2018] More than a year after a push for healthier food closed the doors at a McDonald’s on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus, the medical center in Minneapolis is on the verge of welcoming Panera Bread. The St. Louis-based restaurant chain is scheduled to open a bakery/cafe by month’s end, with a […]

Abbott Northwestern building $29.2 million neuroscience unit

[Star Tribune, Feb. 15, 2018] Abbott Northwestern Hospital plans on spending $29.2 million to build an inpatient unit for patients with strokes, brain tumors and other health problems requiring neuroscience treatments. The Minneapolis hospital projects a 20 percent increase in neuroscience patients over the next 10 years due to the aging of the population and […]

Dr. Elizabeth Baldwin

ADHD drug use spikes among women of child-bearing age

[Star Tribune, Jan. 19, 2018] A spike in the number of women taking stimulants for attention disorders is raising concern among doctors about the potential impact on pregnancy. Federal health officials on Thursday reported a 344 percent increase since 2003 in women between the ages of 15 and 44 who filled prescriptions for stimulants 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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Robert and Gail Onan
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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 […]

Alison Pence, director of community relations for Allina Health, gave a bicycle to a kid during Saturday’s distribution event in Minneapolis. (

Minneapolis Somali-American kids get wheels, thanks to bike giveaway

[Star Tribune, July 15, 2017] On a steamy summer day perfect for wheeling around the neighborhood, excited kids snapped up bicycles donated by Allina Health on Saturday in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Allina and its community partners dispersed 108 bikes at the Brian Coyle Community Center in response to a frustrated social media post by activist […]