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Hospital foundation launches campaign

[River Falls Journal, Dec. 31, 2009] The River Falls Area Hospital Foundation will launch a new fundraising campaign to purchase a LUCAS Chest Compression System, the latest in life-saving cardiac technology, for the hospital’s emergency department. Community members will be contacted by mail and phone and will be invited to make a contribution to support […]

Dunbar feels power of prayer

[The McLeod County Chronicle, Dec. 31, 2009] Christmas came early this year to the Glencoe home of Bill and Marilyn Dunbar, where on Nov. 13, Marilyn and sons Hunter, Chase and Reed happily shared a gift. It was Bill, returning after nine days at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where medical professionals twice lowered his […]

New surgeon joins Northfield practice

[Dec. 30,009] General surgeon Christopher Nielsen, MD, FACS, is joining Surgical Care Consultants, P.A., and Jose Fulco, MD, in a general surgery practice that will provide services to both Allina Medical Clinic and Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Nielsen comes to Northfield from the Twin Cities, where he has been practicing since 2006. Prior to […]

EHR Pros Share Secrets

[Information Management, Dec. 30, 2009] When Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis decided to implement inpatient and ambulatory electronic health records across its 11-hospital delivery system, it adopted the single-vendor model and chose Epic Systems Corp., Verona, Wis. The selection process took six months, “which for a system of our size is quite remarkable,” says […]

The year in medicine

[Minnesota Public Radio – Midmorning, Dec. 29, 2009] H1N1 and the effort to reform health care dominated the news this year, but two local doctors say the year in medicine was marked less by major breakthroughs than by the debunking of long-held medical beliefs. Craig Bowron, MD, a hospitalist at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital and […]

End of the year brings a crush of surgeries

[Star Tribune, Dec. 29, 2009] High-deductible health insurance and economic uncertainty have combined to create a crush of year-end elective surgeries at area hospitals including several of Allina’s. At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, overall surgery volumes have topped 100 a day for the past six weeks, up from the usual 80 a day. Some […]

Mental health isn’t the issue – stigma is

[Star Tribune, Dec. 29, 2009] Many politicians have overcome admissions of addiction or depression, thanks to better understanding of the manageable diseases. Can Dayton, too? There was a time when the public admission of mental illness could derail a candidate’s political career. That could still happen to Mark Dayton, the Democratic candidate for governor who […]

Mental health isn't the issue – stigma is

[Star Tribune, Dec. 29, 2009] Many politicians have overcome admissions of addiction or depression, thanks to better understanding of the manageable diseases. Can Dayton, too? There was a time when the public admission of mental illness could derail a candidate’s political career. That could still happen to Mark Dayton, the Democratic candidate for governor who […]

Riverwood and CRMC announce partnership with prestigious cancer center

[Northland Press, Dec. 29, 2009] Riverwood Healthcare Center and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) are pleased to announce their plans to provide cancer care services in affiliation with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute(tm) (VPCI). VPCI is the comprehensive cancer care program of Allina Hospitals & Clinics based in Minneapolis and is strategically aligned with Minnesota […]

Stimulus helps finance Fridley Medical Center

[Star Tribune, Dec. 27, 2009] A groundbreaking type of funding is giving a boost to the new Fridley Medical Center, where construction began this month. Under $17 million in new bonding authority it received through the federal stimulus package, Anoka County will in effect transfer some of its bonding, or borrowing, power to the companies […]