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Allina Health paramedic Ivan Mazurkiewicz uses magic tricks in the back of his ambulance to soothe his youngest patients. (Star Tribune photo)

Allina Health paramedic works magic — literally — when responding to emergencies involving kids

[Star Tribune, August 16, 2019] Ivan Mazurkiewicz knows there will never be a typical day on his job. As a paramedic for Allina Health, he might be called to assist an older adult who’s taken a bad fall, before rushing to the home of someone else going into cardiac arrest. But it’s children whose medical […]

Allina Health ‘drafts’ interns at Genesys Works’ Draft Day

[KMSP Fox 9, August 13, 2019] This year non-profit Genesys Works will place more than 300 high schools seniors from underserved communities with 56 Twin Cities companies. Allina Health started taking Genesys Works interns with two last year and for its efforts won Genesys Works’ Rookie of the Year award. This year Allina will play […]

Allina Health Paramedic Ivan Mazurkiewicz received the Allina Health Commitment to Care Award for his efforts to calm pediatric patients with his magic.

Ambulance Magic: Connecting with pediatric patients

[Epoch Times, August 12, 2019] Riding in the back of an ambulance can be a traumatic experience, especially for children. It can also be hard on the paramedics responsible for treating the patient on the way to the hospital. One first responder had a harrowing experience treating a child, and now he’s connecting with his […]

Are blue light lenses worth the cost?

[WCCO-TV, August 12, 2019] Blue light glasses have become increasingly popular for its promise to filter out the blue light that comes from electronic devices. Consumers who buy the special glasses typically see the light itself as harmful, although research indicates the amount of time spent looking at screens, rather than the light itself, may […]

Allina Health efforts at population health improvement yield results

Allina Health efforts at population health improvement yield results

[Star Tribune, August 11, 2019] Allina Health’s long-running Heart of New Ulm project is unique nationally in proving that a communitywide focus, led by a local hospital, could improve cardiac health. Allina invested $9 million in the 10-year project, which reduced the number of residents with high cholesterol, hypertension and smoking habits in New Ulm […]

Community and Allina officials cut the ribbon officially opening Allina's Customer Experience Center in Coon Rapids.

Allina Health introduces star ratings for primary care physicians

[ABC Newspapers, August 7, 2019] Allina Health now provides star ratings for its primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. The ratings are compiled by an independent organization from surveys sent to patients who receive care from an Allina Health provider. The star ratings, one to five, show on each provider’s web page at AllinaHealth.org along […]

HealthPartners will add Allina in Medicare health plans

[Star Tribune, August 6, 2019] HealthPartners said it will add Allina Health System next year to the network of doctors and hospitals in its Medicare Advantage health plans. It’s another sign of how the state’s Medicare market continues to be in flux following the elimination of Medicare Cost health plans across much of Minnesota at […]

Do video games trigger violent crimes?

[WCCO-TV, August 5, 2019] In the wake of this weekend’s massacres, video games have again become a frequent target for politicians. It’s a discussion that’s been going on for decades. During the mid-90s, lawmakers from both parties held hearings about violent video games and their potential effect on children. After the 1999 Columbine shootings, Republicans […]

‘No-Wake Zone’ now part of hospital’s care plan

[WCCO-TV, August 5, 2019] Hospital stays are nothing new for Brad Brewer. He’s been plagued with back pain for years. “We’ve been told all our lives you get sick, you get rest. You come to a hospital and try to rest, but every 15 minutes they’re taking blood pressures, poking you,” Brewer explained from his […]

Allina Health honored with MHA Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Award

[MHA Newsline, August 5, 2019] MHA has honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 35th annual awards ceremony. Allina Health in Minneapolis received the Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Award in the large hospital category, which recognizes hospitals that have taken extraordinary and innovative steps to make patient safety a top […]