Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus

Possibly deadly staph infections not uncommon

[WCCO-TV, April 18, 2017] News that a Minnesota state official has died from a staph infection has focused new attention on an illness that doctors say is not that uncommon. WCCO-TV talked with Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, Dr. Wendy Slattery, about staph infections.

Mercy and Unity hospitals begin new era as ‘One Hospital, Two Campuses’

[Sun Focus, January 16, 2017] For the past 50 years, two Allina Health hospitals – Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and Unity Hospital in Fridley – have collaborated on many services for patients in the North Metro. That collaboration has resulted in enhanced care for the north metro communities and has set the stage for […]

As Unity turns 50, long-time nurse says much has changed

[North Metro TV, May 13, 2016] Unity Hospital opened its doors in 1966 and was a true reflection of the “unity” in “community” for which it was named. Local residents from the region walked door to door, held public meetings, and sold bonds to build a community hospital that would serve the growing north suburban […]

Unity Hospital celebrates 50 years

[CTN, May 10, 2016] Unity Hospital celebrated 50 years of providing innovative and tate-of-the-art health care to its community. The public was invited to a celebratory anniversary event, featuring kids’ activities, health screenings, and more.

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Allina merging hospitals in Anoka County

[Star Tribune, May 10. 2016] Allina Health is merging under one license two acute care hospitals in Anoka County, as the Minneapolis-based system tries to eliminate duplicate services at the nearby medical centers. Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and Unity Hospital in Fridley will continue distinct operations, but the smaller medical center in Fridley next […]

Are sugar substitutes bad for you?

[KMSP Fox 9, April 21] We keep hearing that we eat too much sugar, but are sugar substitutes any better for us than sugar? Elizabeth Vander Laan, a registered dietician with Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Weight Loss Program talked with Jason about that.

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 […]

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From having triplets to losing 160 pounds, Minnesotans share moments of thanks

[Star Tribune, November 25, 2015] Thanksgiving used to be the biggest eating day of the year. “An unbuckle-your-belt kind of a day,” said Mary Johnston, 57, of Brooklyn Park. That changed in 2009, when Johnston had weight loss surgery at Unity Hospital in Fridley. She lost 20 dress sizes and 160 pounds, more than half […]

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Swim at your own risk as Minnesota lakes turn green

[Star Tribune, August 26, 2015] Beware, swimmers. Something may be lurking in the water, waiting to strike. Cue the “Jaws” music. Unlike the predator from the granddaddy of all shark dramas, this menace to swimmers has no fins. In fact, it can’t even be seen. Worse, it takes many forms — parasite, bacteria or virus […]

Hospital investment to treat Ebola helping in other ways

[KARE-TV, August 5, 2015] You might not think much about Ebola anymore, but area hospitals are. It could mean better treatment for other diseases. It has been a year since the Ebola outbreak consumed West Africa.Then last October, Unity Hospital opened its new biocontainment unit to treat possible Ebola patients here.