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After giving out nearly $165 million, a Minneapolis foundation is almost broke and ready to close — on purpose

[Star Tribune, December 28, 2019] The Robina Foundation is nearly out of money and ready to shut down — as it planned to do all along. The Minneapolis foundation started with an unusual mission to give away all of its money to four institutions— Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and its parent nonprofit Allina Health, […]

CDC warns about illness spread by some pet store puppies

[KARE 11, December 27, 2019] This Christmas some people had their hearts set on puppies and other pets. But if you gifted a dog there is a warning from the CDC. About 30 people across 13 states including Minnesota have been infected by the bacteria linked to petting puppies from pet stores.  Dr. Frank Rhame is […]

Can this artery screening tool help prevent a heart attack?

Can this artery screening tool help prevent a heart attack?

[MarketWatch, December 27, 2019] In this article, Abbott Northwestern Hospital hospitalist Dr. Craig Bowron discusses the value of Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) screening using CT scans to determine whether coronary arteries are blocked. Dr. Michael Miedema, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, who specializes in heart disease prevention, is a fan of CAC scoring. […]

Christmas babies at United Hospital get special gift

[WCCO-TV, December 25, 2019] A newborn baby on Christmas Day is a pretty special gift, but at Allina Health’s United Hospital Mother Baby Center in St. Paul babies born on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve received a handmade stocking and elf cap made my a hospital volunteer who passed away at the age of 103. […]

Flu season strikes Minnesota early this year

[WCCO Radio, December 23, 2019] Flu season is kicking in early this year. In particular influenza B is the predominant strain which tends to hit kids more than the elderly. Allina Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame talked with WCCO Radio about what’s out there and how best to deal with it.

What is prediabetes?

[WCCO-TV, December 22, 2019] There are 84 million people in the United States who are likely prediabetic and most of them don’t know it. Dr. Christopher Schoonover, an Allina Health endocrinologist and diabetes specialist talked with WCCO News about why people need to pay more attention to the term.

Can higher humidity ward off the flu bug?

[KARE 11, December 20, 2019] You may be safer from the flu in a humid room than in a dry one according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. KARE 11 News talked with Allina Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame about why that is.

Allina Health announces temporary flu season hospital visitor guidelines

Allina Health announces temporary flu season hospital visitor guidelines

[New Ulm Journal, Dec. 20, 2019] Starting Friday, Dec. 20, Allina Health will implement temporary visitor guidelines to protect all patients and staff due to influenza at all of hospitals and at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Transitional Rehabilitation Program, inpatient care in Golden Valley. Allina Health implements visitor guidelines when the Minnesota Department of Health determines […]

Lamberton picks Allina Health for clinical care

Lamberton picks Allina Health for clinical care

[New Ulm Journal, Dec. 20, 2019] The city of Lamberton announced Thursday that Allina Health has been chosen as its medical provider of choice to provide comprehensive health services in the community. “The city of Lamberton feels the continuity of care for the community is essential,” said Madonna Peterson, City Clerk in a press release. […]

Addressing social determinants of health in healthcare

Addressing social determinants of health in healthcare

[Medline, December 19, 2019] As healthcare providers, we know that the health of our patients is largely determined by factors outside of our hospitals and clinics, and that social and economic determinants, health behaviors and the physical environment significantly drive healthcare outcomes, utilization and costs. However, it is unclear how healthcare can best address these […]