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Sober curious? Here’s what happens when you abstain from alcohol

[Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 17, 2020] Drinking alcohol is a big part of how we socialize. But increasingly, people are choosing to abstain for a month or more for personal reasons. What happens when we cut out booze? Minnesota Public Radio MPR News host Angela Davis talked with Dr. David Frenz about what it all […]

Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers wayfinding app to help patients navigate inside hospital

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 13, 2020] Abbott Northwestern Hospital now has an app to help patients and people visiting the hospital find their way around. The hospital’s new technology is accessed through the free Allina Health app. Once the app is downloaded, click on “find your way around Abbott Northwestern.” The app will detect exactly where you […]

Allina partners with Optum on surgery centers

[Star Tribune, Jan. 10, 2019] Allina Health System has created a partnership with Optum, the health services division of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, that could develop up to a dozen new ambulatory surgery centers over the next five years. Minneapolis-based Allina did not release financial terms of the development agreement, which was finalized in December. Plans […]

American Cancer Society finds biggest one-year drop in U.S. cancer death rate

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Jan. 8, 2020] Researchers on Wednesday reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, 2.2 percent. And since 1992, the cancer death rate has dropped 29 percent. Fox 9 News talked with Allina Health chief medical officer Dr. Timothy Sielaff about the reasons behind the good news.

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, […]

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 […]

Allina Health CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler named to 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

[Modern Healthcare, December 6, 2019] Allina Health president and CEO, Dr. Penny Wheeler has been named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare awards and recognition program honors individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to […]

Chilling out at Monticello High School

Chilling out at Monticello High School

[Monticello Times, Nov. 29, 2019] Monticello High School students Kaia Loberg and Jacob Keller have seen first hand how stress can affect their fellow students. Especially around the end of the semester when the pressure associated with finals can impact the mental wellbeing of students, Keller says. Now students at Monticello High School have a […]