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What you need to know about kidney donation

[KARE 11, August 30, 2019] When family members of two women needing a new kidney took to the state fair with signs seeking donors, it sparked media stories and then, lots of questions from the public, the biggest being, how do you donate a kidney and what does it involve. Dr. Mark Hill and Dr. […]

Allina Health paramedic works magic in the back of his ambulance

[KSTP-TV, August 28, 2019] Allina Health Paramedic Ivan Mazurkiewicz runs on emergencies all over the north metro. And, in many cases, the most potent medicine might be in a little black bag he carries. “I have lots of decks of cards, coins, balls,” Mazurkiewicz said. A professional paramedic and an amateur magician, Mazurkiewicz finds a way […]

Taking care of your feet at the State Fair

[KMSP Fox 9, August 27, 2019] Spending a day at the fair means a lot of time on your feet and walking around. So, how do you take care of feet to make sure your fair time is fun time? Allina Health podiatrist Dr. Shelby Hyllengren talked to Fox 9 News at the fair about […]

How Allina Health is boosting nurse retention rates

[Becker’s Hospital Review, August 27, 2019] Burnout is a growing problem among U.S. nurses, with over half reporting symptoms of poor physical and mental health, according to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. To help address burnout and increase retention rates among new graduate nurses, Minneapolis-based Allina Health has […]

Quick response by first responders saves airport heart attack victim

[KMSP Fox 9, August 26, 2019] When a passenger keeled over with a sudden cardiac arrest at MSP International Airport recently, fast action by first responders and the use of sophisticated new equipment saved his life. Allina Health EMS medical director Dr. Charles Lick explained it was speed and teamwork that saved the man’s life.

Minnesota Rolling Twins win wheelchair softball World Series

[WCCO-TV, August 25, 2019] Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Minnesota Rolling Twins team has won the 2019 Wheelchair Softball World Series. The Minnesota Rolling Twins beat the LWSRA Hawks (Chicago) 11-1 in the championship game last weekend. The Rolling Twins play adaptive softball, for athletes with a disability that prevents them from playing regular softball. The […]

How to eat healthy at the state fair

[KSTP-TV, August 25, 2019] For most, heading to the Minnesota State Fair means taking on good amount of extra calories from fried foods and sweets.  But Amy Pleimling, a registered dietitian with Allina Health, says that doesn’t always need to be the case.

Dr. Andrew Stiehm, Allina Health pulmonologist and sleep expert.

Insomnia may be linked to heart disease, stroke risk

[Healthline, August 22, 2019] People with a genetic predisposition toward insomnia are at higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Researchers stressed, however, that the study only demonstrated an association between the two disorders, not a cause-and-effect relationship. Also unclear is […]

Back to school vision checks

[KARE 11, August 21, 2019] It will soon be back to school for students, and along with getting a physical, it is also important to get their vision checked. A quarter of school-age children suffer from eye trouble so significant that it impacts their school work. Dr. Theresa Lonksy, an optometrist with Allina Health, joined […]

Allina Health dietician says plan your eating at the State Fair

[KARE 11, August 21, 2019] As many as two million people are expected to make their way to the Minnesota State Fair over the next 12 days (August 22nd – September 2nd). And, many of them may over-indulge on all the delicious items that the 300 different food stands will offer. Amy Pleimling, a registered […]