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Sled hockey in the summer

[KSTP-TV, June 28, 2019] It might be warm outside but it was cool inside the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena where Allina Health’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s adaptive sports program is co-sponsoring an event to introduce young athletes with disabilities to sled hockey. Sled hockey is an adaptation of ice hockey designed for players who […]

Mercy Hospital opens Milk Depot for donation of breast milk

[KSTP-TV, May 29, 2019] The Mother Baby Center at Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital, the latest Allina Hospital to open a milk depot, celebrated its opening today with an open house. Milk depots are locations where lactating mothers can donate their excess milk to be processed and given to moms who cannot produce enough breast milk […]

High-tech robot being used to detect lung cancer at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern

[KSTP-TV, May 23, 2019] A high-tech robot is being used to help detect lung cancer at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. It almost looks like a droid from a Star Wars movie, and it’s run by a remote that looks like an X-Box game controller. It’s called the Auris Monarch, and doctors who […]

Allina Health collects healthy food for food insecure families

[KSTP-TV, May 23, 2019] Up to one in ten Minnesota families live with food insecurity — a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Allina Health is joining with The Food Group to collect healthy foods at more than 50 Allina locations to be given to food shelves and other […]

Helium shortage affects more than party balloons

[KSTP-TV, May 10, 2019] Beyond party balloons, helium is used in a number of industries you might not realize like manufacturing cell phones and other tech devices. It’s also critical for some medical procedures. “Within our MRI equipment, if we don’t have the helium we aren’t able to use the equipment,” said Julie Singewald, director […]

Health care leaders rally with Governor for provider tax

[KSTP-TV, May 2, 2019] Health care leaders including Allina Health CEO and president Penny Wheeler, MD, joined Gov. Tim Walz at the Capitol for news conference calling on the legislature to extend the 2 percent provider tax that raises about $700 million a year earmarked for low-income health care. KARE 11 TV News and Fox […]

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 […]