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Allina Medical Clinic locations certified as health care homes by Minnesota Department of Health

MINNEAPOLIS 03/15/2011--All of Allina Medical Clinic's primary care locations have been certified by the Minnesota Department of Health as health care homes. This means that Allina Medical Clinic has met a set of rigorous standards to provide patient- and family-centered care and is working to improve both the quality and affordability of health care.

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Health care homes, also known as "medical homes," offer a team approach to primary care, making it easier for patients to communicate and partner with their care team. Care teams can include primary care physicians, nurses, specialists, care coordinators and community resources.

All 36 Allina Medical Clinic primary care clinics in central and southeast Minnesota were certified, including 546 physicians, 35 nurse practitioners and 48 physicians' assistants.

Allina Medical Clinic is the largest clinic system in Minnesota that has all its primary care sites certified.

"We believe the state certification of our primary care clinics demonstrates our commitment to partner with our patients to maintain their health and treat their illnesses fully and efficiently," said Dr. Rod Christensen, chief medical officer for Allina Medical Clinic. "Being a health care home means that a patient's needs and values will be met through exceptional care and service, as we use the great resources available to us in Allina."

In a health care home, the members of the care team develop a relationship with patients and their families and work with them to coordinate their care and achieve better health. This includes streamlining access to appointments, improving communication with specialists, answering questions over the phone and planning for care. This approach to care can be particularly helpful for patients with complex and chronic conditions.

"Our certification recognizes what Allina Medical Clinic has been developing for years," said Gayle Mattson, president of Allina Home & Community Services. "We provide ongoing, comprehensive and coordinated care for patients through all phases of life and health care situations. A team approach to care allows for an enhanced patient experience."

The Minnesota Department of Health will recertify health care homes annually. Health care homes are an important component of Minnesota's 2008 health reform law, also known as "Minnesota's Vision for a Better State of Health." The goals of the law are to improve the health of the population, the patient experience and the affordability of health care.

About Allina Medical Clinic

Allina Medical Clinic is a not-for-profit system of 42 clinics providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Allina Medical Clinic is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics which owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics and specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, pharmacies, and emergency medical transportation services.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics and the latest health information can be found online at allina.com.

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