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For Immediate Release

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Tim Burke


Leaders in Health Care Award to Buffalo Hospital

MINNEAPOLIS 09/28/2012--Buffalo Hospital is the winner of the first Minnesota Business Magazine Leaders in Health Care Award for Employer Achievement in Developing Wellness Programs. The award was presented this week at the awards ceremony that celebrated outstanding achievements in the Minnesota health care industry.

Buffalo Hospital leaders received the Minnesota Business Magazine award for Employer Achievement in Developing Wellness Programs. From left: Jennifer Myster, president, Buffalo Hospital; Janna Anderson, wellness specialist; Karla Heeter, executive director, Buffalo Hospital Foundation; Brenda Christensen, administrative assistant/event coordinator; Mona Volden, Allina Health community engagement & wellness manager; Laureen Bodin, chair, Buffalo Hospital Board of Trustees.

Buffalo Hospital was cited for creating its “Let’s Talk Wellness” program after reviewing the results of a community health needs assessment, which revealed community members were concerned with obesity rates, stress and inability to find work-life balance.

The Buffalo Hospital Wellness Program staff used this new information to create their "Let’s Talk Wellness" program, a series of six lessons (each about 25 minutes long) facilitated by the Buffalo Hospital wellness specialists. Topics range from stress management and life balance to physical activity and nutrition.

Instead of making people come to the hospital to participate, Buffalo Hospital goes right to the doorstep of businesses and other organizations. "We thought it was time to change the way health care organizations operate in the community, how we view the community and how they view us," wellness specialist Janna Anderson said.

A number of winners in various categories were announced at the event including Allina Health chief clinical officer Penny Wheeler, MD, who was honored as Outstanding Health Care Executive, hosted by Minnesota Business Magazine, a leading business publication based in Minneapolis long noted for its coverage of the state’s health care sector.

About Buffalo Hospital and Allina Health

Buffalo Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in and around Wright County. Located just west of the Twin Cities, Buffalo Hospital provides exceptional patient-centered care to nearly 70,000 patients every year.

Allina Health (formerly Allina Hospitals & Clinics) is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at

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