Owatonna Hospital

Free Clinic of Steele County holds open house at new location

[Owatonna People’s Press, October 19, 2016] A small group gathered in front of the Free Clinic of Steele County’s door for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private open house Thursday afternoon to celebrate its new home in Owatonna. “This is really an important day for all of us,” said Anne Draeger, director of patient care at […]

With flu widespread, Allina restricts hospital visits

[Minnesota Public Radio, March 1, 2016] Allina Health is placing restrictions on visitors to its hospitals, after state health officials declared influenza widespread in Minnesota. Beginning Wednesday, children under age 5 and sick people will not be allowed to visit hospitalized patients. Infectious disease specialist Frank Rhame said Allina will give nurses the authority to […]

Penny George opens in Owatonna Hospital to offer acupuncture, massage therapy

[Owatonna People’s Press, Feb. 6, 2015] A different style of care has arrived at Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health. And on Friday morning, hospital employees gathered with Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Ambassadors to celebrate the opening of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing outpatient clinic, located at the hospital. […]

Owatonna Hospital scores well above national and state average on infant feeding practices survey

[Owatonna People’s Press, Dec. 2, 2014] Owatonna Hospital scored exceedingly well on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2013 survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). With a score of 86, Owatonna Hospital is performing better than many facilities nationwide, in Minnesota and similar size facilities. Owatonna Hospital scored better […]

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Owatonna Hospital volunteers package 1,400 meals for community

[Owatonna People’s Press, June 1, 2013] At 9:20 a.m. Saturday, 25 Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health, employees and their families packaged the last meal for the community. On Saturday, 40 Allina Health locations — including Owatonna, Faribault and Northfield — packaged 200,000 meals for neighbors in need in Minnesota and western Wisconsin to promote […]

Owatonna’s Wilson Elementary School receives School Health Connection award

[Owatonna People’s Press, Sept. 28, 2012] Wilson Elementary School, Owatonna, is one of 10 elementary schools in Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities chosen to participate in a novel partnership with Allina Health. Wilson Elementary School has been selected as a School Health Connection site for the 2012–13 school year, which includes a $10,000 grant to […]

Steele County employees take cooking classes to promote wellness

[Owatonna Peoples Press, September 11, 2012] Some Steele County employees may be spending more time in the kitchen this fall thanks to a grant the county received from the Neighborhood Health Connection program of Allina Health. The county received a $2,500 grant from Neighborhood Health Connection, which supports wellness and promotes healthy lifestyles one neighborhood […]

Allina Health grant supports Park Passport program in Owatonna

[Owatonna People’s Press, August 23, 2012] Residents of Owatonna are being encouraged to turn off their television set and go visit the city’s parks during the waning days of summer and the first days of autumn. The Owatonna Park Passport Program is a four-week long program in the month of September that is designed to […]

In an Allina ER, too many familiar faces

[Star Tribune, March 25, 2011]  At Owatonna Hospital, some of the faces in the emergency room were becoming a little too familiar. The same patients kept coming back over and over again, often with vague complaints about pain or migraines. One patient returned, on average, once a week for a year. That’s when social worker […]

Allina network enhances Owatonna stroke care

[Owatonna People’s Press, March 2, 2011] Potential stroke victims can now be seen in Owatonna, instead of having to travel to the Twin Cities. The Allina Telehealth Network will provide Owatonna Hospital with 24-hour access to metro area stroke care experts. In the metro area, Allina Hospitals and Clinics provides patients with comprehensive stroke care, […]