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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 […]

Hospitals report more flu cases, even as school outbreaks ebb with the holiday

[Star Tribune, Jan. 2, 2020] Minnesota hospitals admitted 117 influenza patients last week, the highest weekly total for the season, according to a Minnesota Health Department flu update on Thursday. So far, 505 people have been hospitalized for the flu, which is about the midrange for recent influenza seasons. Most of the patients tested were […]

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 steps in to operate southern Minnesota clinic being closed by Mayo

Allina steps in to operate southern Minnesota clinic being closed by Mayo

[Pioneer Press, Dec. 12, 2019] Allina Health will step in to provide health care at Springfield’s clinic once Mayo Clinic Health System vacates the southwestern Minnesota site in March. The city of Springfield and Allina unveiled the new partnership Thursday. Mayo Clinic Health System, based in Rochester, announced plans to close its Springfield hospital and […]

St. Francis Regional Medical Center to expand ER, build surgery center

St. Francis Regional Medical Center to expand ER, build surgery center

[Star Tribune, November 29, 2019] St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee is spending about $44 million to build a free-standing surgery center while also expanding the hospital’s emergency room and cancer center. The projects, which were disclosed in a financial statement this month, were approved by the hospital’s board of directors earlier this year and […]

New device being tested at Abbott Northwestern Hospital gives hope to patients with leaking heart valve

[Star Tribune, September 6, 2019] Three tricuspid regurgitation (TR) patients at Minneapolis’ Abbott Northwestern Hospital quietly jumped to the forefront of a wave of cardiology innovation represented by a class of new “structural heart” devices that optimize blood flow using foldable memory metals and tendril-like catheters thin enough to fit inside blood vessels. “I had […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dr. Nancy Whitley, physician who cared for seriously ill as she developed cancer, dies at 62

[Star Tribune, July 27, 2019] At age 57, Dr. Nancy Whitley made a career switch and pursued more medical training to specialize in the care of seriously ill patients. Known as palliative care medicine, the field is sometimes mistaken for only end-of-life care, but its broader purpose is to help patients maintain control over their […]

Karina DiLuzio

Minnesotans search out advice on how to say no

[Star Tribune, June 8, 2019] When they think about taking care of themselves, many Americans seek online advice about how to sleep, or be distracted by music or a good book. But not Minnesota. A new study based on search engine activity found that Minnesota is one-of-a-kind in the self-care term it Googles most: setting […]