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Thousands of kids get free bike

[Fox 9, April 13, 2019] Thousands of kids who otherwise might not be able to afford it, now have a freshly cleaned and refurbished bike. Hundreds of Allina Health volunteers fitted donated bikes and new helmets to the kids just in time for spring through the Free Bikes 4 Kidz program. KARE 11 and KSTP-TV […]

Gift of Life celebration of organ donors and recipients

[KSTP-TV, April 4, 2019] Last year 15 critically ill people received a heart transplant at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Many more donated organs for transplant. The hospital’s annual Gift of Life event celebrated the lives and the donations with recipients and donor families.

EMT shortage prompts Allina Health to launch own training academy

[WCCO-TV, March 20, 2019] Both here and across the country, it’s getting harder for EMS services to fill the vacancies among its EMT and paramedics ranks brought on by retirements and a tight labor pool. “Across the country, we’re seeing not as many people taking on EMT jobs and paramedic jobs,” said Joan Mellor, director […]

Finding ways to keep older workers in a tight employment market

[KSTP-TV, March 3, 2019] According to Minnesota Census numbers, more Minnesotans are turning 65 this decade than the past four decades combined, and employers are watching closely. That includes healthcare organizations like Allina Health. Dr. John Lundgren has worked at Allina Health System’s Shoreview clinic since 1978. But, about to turn 70 this summer, Lundgren […]

New surgical robot aids surgeons with back procedures

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 26, 2019] A new surgical robot at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital is helping surgeons perform back surgery better, faster and safer. The device manufactured by Medtronic was unveiled to the public this week and demonstrated by Dr. Eiman Shafa as the first patients to benefit from the device talked about […]

Allina Health launches work on consolidated call center

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 25, 2019] Allina Health leaders and Anoka County and Coon Rapids elected leaders took part in a “Demolition Ceremony” marking the start of renovating 58,000 square feet of space in Coon Rapids into Allina’s new Customer Experience Center which will consolidate 62 different current call centers around the system. The event was covered […]

Renovated emergency department at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital on display

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 19, 2018] The $25 million renovation and expansion of Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital Emergency Department was opened for area media to tour. The improvements include three more patient rooms, now 38, with larger rooms to accommodate staff and more equipment. There are also new family spaces, and five additional mental health beds […]

Allina Health Abbott Northwestern doctors save 16-year-old stroke patient

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 9, 2018] A Coon Rapids high school football player has quite the story to tell about a lifesaving medical procedure. The life saved was his own and it may not have happened if his girlfriend, Ellie, didn’t realize something was seriously wrong with him. Ellie called 911 and soon Cole was inside the […]

Allina’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute hosts national wheelchair basketball tournament

[KSTP-TV, Nov. 3, 2018] A wheelchair basketball tournament is attracting some of the top teams from across the country to the Twin Cities area. The 36th Annual Courage Kenny Classic kicked off Saturday at Hastings High School. Organizers said the goal of the basketball program is to promote teamwork and competition. Beka Bickel works for […]

October is breast cancer awareness month

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 28, 2018] October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a reminder to women that the best way to survive breast cancer is to detect it early. Sharon Ernst is a mammogram specialist at St. Francis Regional Medical Center and a breast cancer survivor. She talked with KSTP News about her story, why getting mammograms […]