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No cure for spine injuries – but hope

[Star Tribune, February 27, 2012] Brendan Loney can’t move his legs, but once a week, he sure does run. “I’m trying to stay as fit as I can,” the former hockey player said, “and hopefully be a good contestant when they do come up with something.” “We used to always say we’re working around this […]

A mother with cancer chronicles her daughter’s fatal disease

[Pioneer Press, Feb. 26, 2012] Almost two years ago, Roseville Area High School student Claire Frick went to the emergency room with unusual bruises. She was diagnosed with a rare and deadly childhood cancer: Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. To make matters worse, Claire’s mother, Jane Frick, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October. Both Claire and […]

Unity nurse part of impromptu medical team that saves man

[Star News, Feb. 24, 2012] It’s hard to imagine, but an Otsego man who went into cardiac arrest while driving this past week was actually pretty lucky. Almond Drone, 52, attracted the attention of what turned out to be an impromptu medical team. “This has to be a God thing,” said Cheryl Jarvis, a resident […]

Allina ambulance service hopes to make defibrillators a phone call away

[Pioneer Press, Feb. 21. 2012] Where can you go to fix a broken heart? Allina’s ambulance service is working with a Florida company to answer the question with a map of all automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Twin Cities. With the map and an electronic system for alerting good Samaritans, the emergency call center […]

The Way We Play The Game

[Sports Illustrated, February 27, 2012] After the hit that left Jack Jablonski paralyzed, the state of Minnesota rewrote its high school rules, but one hockey mom still agonizes over the choices she—and every parent in her position—has to make. Jack is a patient at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Read the latest story at

Baby born on way to Cambridge Medical Center

[WCCO-TV & KMSP-TV, Feb. 19, 2012] It was a car ride the Heath family will never forget. A mother, father and their toddler were taking the half-hour trip from their home near Mora to Cambridge welcome a new addition to their family. But the baby just wasn’t in a mood to wait. Two-and-half-year-old Maiah has […]

Bringing up grandbaby: child-rearing classses for grandparents

[Star Tribune, Feb. 19, 2012] Today’s grandparents are getting schooled on the changes in child-rearing since they raised their own families. Prenatal classes for grandparents are designed to give expecting grandparents skills that combine their wealth of knowledge and experience with modern ideas and practices. About a dozen grandparents gathered at United Hospital in St. […]

Allina’s Wedum Residential Hospice opens

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 18, 2012] Allina’s J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice is now open in Brooklyn Park. With 12 rooms for residents, it is the largest residential hospice in the Twin Cities metro and will help alleviate a shortage of hospice beds in the region. Watch the story here.

Allina dietician warns about arsenic in baby formula

[KSTP-TV, Feb 16, 2012] Researchers at Dartmouth College found that some brands of baby formula and energy bars contain arsenic. KSTP-TV talked with Allina dietician Susan Lundy about the potential dangers. Watch the full story here.

A new home for vulnerable newborns…and moms

[Star Tribune, Feb. 17, 2012] Construction is underway at the Mother Baby Center, a joint venture between Allina‘s Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in south Minneapolis. The $50 million birthing center is wedged into tight quarters on the Abbott-Children’s campus. It will keep parents and their struggling babies in need of intensive […]