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Amin Rahmatullah, MD

Doctor patient communication and better health

[Minnesota Public Radio, June 16, 2017] Cardiologist Amin Rahmattulah, MD, who practices at Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio. He was part of a round-table discussion about physician-patient communication based on the book What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear. Here’s the podcast:

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Minnesota reports four new measles cases as hospitals issue precautions

[KARE 11, May 8, 2017] Allina Health said Monday morning that it’s asking that children under age 5 not visit its hospitals unless they are seeking care. All children under age 11 are asked to wear a mask while visiting Allina clinics or hospitals. In addition, anyone with a cough or sore throat is asked […]

At year’s end, patients surge into hospitals and clinics for free care

[Minnesota Public Radio, December 27, 2016] Just like retailers, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and health plans see a jump in business around the holidays, and it’s due to policies actually designed to slow health spending. High-deductible health plans many Americans now have push people who’ve met their deductible to scramble for appointments of all kinds during […]

Rethinking end-of-life dread

[Minnesota Public Radio, November 17, 2016] New research shows the emotional and social quality of life near its end may not be nearly as bad as many expected. Sandy Schellinger, palliative nurse with Allina Health LifeCourse, talked about new studies she and other researchers are presenting this week to the Gerontology Society of America. Listen […]

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 […]

Gary Kravitz, MD

Feds say Lyme disease vastly underreported; local experts skeptical

[MPR, August 12, 2015] A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates Lyme disease is more widespread in the U.S. than previously realized, with reported cases each year not far behind breast cancer. But while local researchers acknowledge the ticks that carry the disease are growing in number and territory, they caution that […]

Allina CEO Penny Wheeler on the future of health care and lowering costs

[MPR News, July 8, 2015] Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO of Allina Health, is leading the non-profit network of health clinics and hospitals at a time when American health care is undergoing some significant changes. She discussed the Affordable Care Act, rising premiums and inequities in health services.

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

[Minnesota Public Radio, August 16, 2014] When her weight crept past 300 pounds last year, Denise Leitz, of New Ulm, Minn., knew something had to change. Her clothes didn’t fit. Airplane seat belts weren’t long enough to reach around her waist — and she was always in pain. “I would drop something on the floor […]

When cancer treatment causes ‘chemo brain’

When cancer treatment causes ‘chemo brain’

[Minnesota Public Radio, March 21, 2014] The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a study last week suggesting the number of cancer cases will increase in the next 16 years. The study also noted the number of survivors will increase too. One of the effects of treatment is known as “chemo brain,” or mild cognitive […]

Hospitals report fewer preventable mistakes

Hospitals report fewer preventable mistakes

[Star Tribune, January 23, 2014] While acknowledging that one error is too many, hospital officials said patients are safer than they were 10 years ago when Minnesota first started publicly listing hospitals that committed any of 28 adverse events, also known as “never events” because they are considered preventable. Surgeries to the wrong body part, […]