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How New Ulm Medical Center is working to transform care delivery in the midst of COVID-19

How New Ulm Medical Center is working to transform care delivery in the midst of COVID-19

[The Commonwealth Fund, March 31, 2020] Toby Freier is president of New Ulm Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital 90 miles southwest of Minneapolis and two hours from its nearest tertiary care referral center. Part of Allina Health, a nonprofit system, New Ulm has been preparing for the emergence of COVID-19 cases at the […]

Abbott Northwestern Hospital uses wayfinding systems to improve patient experience

Abbott Northwestern Hospital uses wayfinding systems to improve patient experience

[Xtelligent Healthcare Media, Feb. 19, 2020] The GPS system isn’t just a way of the road anymore. Increasingly, these tools – known in healthcare as digital wayfinding systems – are being implemented in hospitals, where patients have to navigate winding hallways, multiple departments, and different admission and visitation protocol. This approach isn’t exactly new. Hospitals […]

Allina Health improves the patient experience by taking the surprise out of prescription costs

Allina Health improves the patient experience by taking the surprise out of prescription costs

[Epic, Jan. 27, 2020] Six hundred doctors at Allina Health in Minnesota are using a price transparency tool embedded in Epic, its electronic patient health record, to have meaningful discussions with patients about what they’ll pay out of pocket for medications. A patient’s estimated out-of-pocket cost appears in Epic when a provider is ordering a […]

Can this artery screening tool help prevent a heart attack?

Can this artery screening tool help prevent a heart attack?

[MarketWatch, December 27, 2019] In this article, Abbott Northwestern Hospital hospitalist Dr. Craig Bowron discusses the value of Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) screening using CT scans to determine whether coronary arteries are blocked. Dr. Michael Miedema, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, who specializes in heart disease prevention, is a fan of CAC scoring. […]

St. Francis Regional Medical Center to expand ER, build surgery center

St. Francis Regional Medical Center to expand ER, build surgery center

[Star Tribune, November 29, 2019] St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee is spending about $44 million to build a free-standing surgery center while also expanding the hospital’s emergency room and cancer center. The projects, which were disclosed in a financial statement this month, were approved by the hospital’s board of directors earlier this year and […]

Words of appreciation: Thank-you notes from 15 health system CEOs

[Becker’s Hospital Review, November 21, 2019] Penny Wheeler, MDPresident and CEO of Allina Health The disruption taking place in healthcare affirms what I know to be true in this time of Thanksgiving — the work each of you do to relieve suffering and improve the lives of those served and the support you give each […]

When antidepressants fail

When antidepressants fail

[Healthline, November 11, 2019] At 43 years old, Sara has been dealing with depression for two decades. Over the years, she told Healthline she’s been prescribed many different medications. None of them have ever worked for her. “It’s been a roller coaster of medication adjustments and medication changes and medication combinations and medication attempts. It’s […]

It may take 7 years to develop, but here’s why a universal flu shot is important

[Healthline, Oct. 7, 2019] The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has announced it’s giving a coalition of 15 universities and research organizations up to $130 million over 7 years to develop a universal flu inoculation. The hope is the longer the research goes, the longer the initial vaccines would last. “I’ve been at this for a […]

Ric Magnuson, Allina Health Chief Financial Officer

Healthcare CFOs look forward to value-based care, consumerism

[RevCycleIntelligence, September 6, 2019] Healthcare CFOs need to be strategic partners, not just financial gatekeepers, for their organizations to succeed under value-based care and other new ways of doing business. “Value-based care is the right thing to be doing from all perspectives. But it is a change from how we’re running and thinking about key […]

How Allina Health is boosting nurse retention rates

[Becker’s Hospital Review, August 27, 2019] Burnout is a growing problem among U.S. nurses, with over half reporting symptoms of poor physical and mental health, according to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. To help address burnout and increase retention rates among new graduate nurses, Minneapolis-based Allina Health has […]