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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 […]

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 […]

New surgical robot aids surgeons with back procedures

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 26, 2019] A new surgical robot at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital is helping surgeons perform back surgery better, faster and safer. The device manufactured by Medtronic was unveiled to the public this week and demonstrated by Dr. Eiman Shafa as the first patients to benefit from the device talked about […]

Pregnant woman performs CPR on husband, gives birth shortly after he wakes from coma, both at United Hospital

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 23, 2018] With a baby on the way within hours, Ashley Goette found herself with her husband’s life also in her hands. “The dispatcher walked me through CPR, ’cause I am not trained. They wanted me to get him down to a hard surface and I explained to them that I couldn’t because […]

Allina featured at Twin Cities Startup Week

[Star Tribune, Oct. 13, 2018] In its fifth and biggest year yet, Twin Cities Startup Week attracted one group like never before: the largest companies in town. From the first Startup Week in 2014, Minnesota’s big companies have sent their technologists, developers and engineers to attend the various technical panels and networking events put together […]

Twin Cities hospitals face critical shortage of pain medications

[Star Tribune, Oct. 13, 2018] Twin Cities hospitals are struggling amid a nationwide shortage to keep adequate supplies of critical care drugs, including pain meds like fentanyl and morphine that are necessary to surgery and recovery. As the long-simmering shortage ripples across the U.S. health care system, local hospitals and health systems are designating special […]