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Hospitals Team Up, Tighten Visitor Policies

[WCCO-TV, Oct. 30, 2009] For the first time, Minnesota hospitals are banding together to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu to patients and visitors by increasing restrictions for those coming in. Most hospitals are limiting the number of visitors to 3 or 4. There are cut backs on visiting hours and new rules for […]

Allina, other hospitals put limits on visitors to fight flu

[Star Tribune, Oct. 30, 2009] Starting Monday, children under age 5 will be barred from visiting patients at most Twin Cities area hospitals. The new limits were announced at a joint news conference Friday, as hospitals increased efforts to keep patients and visitors from infecting one another with the H1N1 flu. The new restrictions, which […]

Allina Hospitals and MinuteClinic to join forces

[Star Tribune, Oct. 29, 2009] In a marriage of giants, Allina Hospitals and Clinics is teaming up with MinuteClinic to coordinate care for patients and expand medical services down the road. Allina is the biggest hospital and clinic group in the Twin Cities, with 11 hospitals and 90 clinics. MinuteClinic, the pioneer of bare-bones retail […]

Compare and Contrast

[Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28, 2009] Every month, doctors from the 14 clinics of HealthEast Care System around St. Paul get together to talk about their work. They focus on specific measures for each physician’s patient group, such as blood-sugar and cholesterol numbers for people with diabetes. Then the doctors ask themselves how they—and their […]

No fever may not mean no H1N1 flu

[Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 28, 2009] It appears a lot of people with the H1N1 flu do not experience a fever, and the absence of a fever could mean they are not taking enough precautions to prevent transmitting the virus to others. Fever and flu go hand-in-hand – at least that’s the case most of […]

Minneapolis Optimist program offers desperate heart patients hope

[St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 28, 2009] Once a year, the cardiac patients who were told to go home and die gather at Abbott Northwestern Hospital to toast their lives with fresh fruit and to hear from Dr. Tim Henry — the cardiologist who helped them beat the odds. It’s special for Henry, who hurried […]

Heart of New Ulm Summit set Saturday, Nov. 7

[The New Ulm Journal, Oct. 27, 2009]  Bob Harper, health and motivational expert on NBC’s the Biggest Loser is the keynote speaker for the Second Annual Heart of New Ulm Summit on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the District Administrative Center Auditorium, 15 N. State St. The summit’s theme will be “Diagnosing […]

Tips for translating confusing medical bills

[Star Tribune, Oct. 25, 2009] Every time I go to the grocery store, I check my receipt to make sure I was properly charged. But when it comes to medical care, I have no idea what medical procedures should cost. On the rare occasions that I receive a detailed bill, I can barely decipher it. […]

WCCO: Allina Tweets H1N1 News

[WCCO-TV, Oct. 24, 2009]  One Twin Cities medical group  is now Tweeting updates about H1N1 news. Allina Hospitals & Clinics is using online social networking to keep the community informed. See the story here on wcco.com or click the video link below.

Heart-Stopping Hockey Game

[KARE11-TV, Oct. 22, 2009] Good hockey players put themselves instinctively in the right place on the ice. Evan Domeyer wouldn’t go so far as to call himself a good hockey player. “Not really, no.” But he was good enough to save John Dow’s life. “I had what they called sudden death,” said Dow Wednesday from […]