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Miscarriage: A common experience, a private pain

[MPR News, March 13, 2019] Miscarriages are sad, private events, difficult to talk about. But they are not rare; a study reports they occur in 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies. Given how common they are, experts believe that open and honest dialogue about miscarriages can help mothers and partners grieve. “Grief is very personal. […]

Dr. Eric Barth

How to treat baby constipation

[U.S. News & World Report, March 10, 2019] Everyone occasionally feels uncomfortable due to gas in the digestive system, even babies. Gas-related discomfort may occur if gas is trapped or not moving well through your digestive system doctors note. When infants experience gas-related discomfort, they can become fussy and cry. Allina Health pediatrician Dr. Eric […]

Lisa Shannon, Chief Operating Officer, Allina Health

The ambitious agenda of Allina Health COO Lisa Shannon

[Becker’s Hospital Review, March 11, 2019] Lisa Shannon serves as executive vice president and COO of Allina Health, a 12-hospital system headquartered in Minneapolis. She assumed her position in July 2017. Prior to joining Allina, Ms. Shannon worked as president of health system delivery and COO at Catholic Health Initiatives sponsored KentuckyOne Health, where she […]

The ambitious agenda of Allina Health COO Lisa Shannon

[Becker’s Hospital Review, March 11, 2019] Lisa Shannon serves as executive vice president and COO of Allina Health, a 12-hospital system headquartered in Minneapolis. She assumed her position in July 2017. Prior to joining Allina, Ms. Shannon worked as president of health system delivery and COO at Catholic Health Initiatives sponsored KentuckyOne Health, where she […]

Donated breast milks helps a variety of infants

[Hastings Star Gazette, March 7, 2019] The Regina Hospital Birth Center opened up the Regina Milk Depot in February. Talks about getting a milk depot at Regina began in October after staff at the hospital heard that the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies was looking for hospitals to get on board. “I knew that there […]

After 28 years together, this couple married in the Mercy Hospital chapel when he was told he was dying of cancer

[Washington Post, March 5, 2019] Late on Feb. 22, doctors told Jason Spencer his health was declining so rapidly, he might not live through the night. Spencer, 46, had been battling Stage 4 colon cancer for two years. It had spread to his liver, lungs, kidney and spine, but now, doctors said, the cancer had […]

Actor Luke Perry’s death due to stroke has many asking

[WCCO-TV, March 4, 2019] Actor Luke Perry has died after suffering what doctors call a massive stroke at his California home last Wednesday. He was hospitalized but never recovered. Word of Perry’s massive stroke had many wondering what the risk factors and warning signs are. Doctors at Abbott Northwestern Hospital are being asked those questions. […]

Dr. Sandy Fritzlar

Sepsis deaths prompt Allina Health to change

[Star Tribune, March 4, 2019] Faster identification and treatment of sepsis by Allina Health hospitals in Minnesota has reduced deaths from the infection-related condition. Doctors and nurses at Allina started re-examining how they treat sepsis in 2014, after being dismayed at the number of deaths and learning that the condition was three times more lethal […]

Finding ways to keep older workers in a tight employment market

[KSTP-TV, March 3, 2019] According to Minnesota Census numbers, more Minnesotans are turning 65 this decade than the past four decades combined, and employers are watching closely. That includes healthcare organizations like Allina Health. Dr. John Lundgren has worked at Allina Health System’s Shoreview clinic since 1978. But, about to turn 70 this summer, Lundgren […]

Colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if found early enough

[WCCO Radio, March 1, 2019] March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month meant to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Yet, found early enough, […]