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  • Carmela Hobbins in pink boa

    Don a pink boa and donate for breast cancer 

    What does a pink feather boa have to do with a 66-year-old grandmother, chef, cook book author and world traveler? For Carmela Tursi Hobbins, it’s become a call to action among her family and friends to raise awareness about breast cancer. Hobbins was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012.

     



    David Erickson thumbnail size photo Mr. Erickson, you are having a heart attack

    Baby aspirin. Three shots of morphine. An oxygen mask. The emergency room doctor leaning in close and saying very calmly, “Mr. Erickson, you are having a heart attack.” And within 14 minutes, an ambulance transfer to Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Fortunately for Erickson, he was at the hospital that set a national standard for treating cardiovascular emergencies. Within 10 minutes of his arrival, doctors were opening one blocked artery using angioplasty. 




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    Grief, gratitude and giving: A young family’s legacy

    When a life is measured in hours, not years, each moment is significant. The moments that Benita Bjorgo and Joe Van Sloun shared with their son, Aaron, before he died are among their most cherished memories. They were shaped in part by the sensitivity and compassion the couple observed in the nurses and doctors at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Donating to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is one way the couple chose to express their gratitude.


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    Years of worry end in one visit to the ED

    By the time Rosemary Petersen arrived at Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Emergency Department, she had begun to think that doctors would never find the cause of her problem. 

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    Through scholarships, a nurse’s dedication lives on

    Scott Becker lost his wife, Jane, to cancer decades ago, just as she was starting her career as a nurse at Abbott Northwestern. In the difficult months following her death, Becker made a decision that helps others advance in the profession that Jane loved. He established the Jane Wachtler Becker fund through the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation to provide scholarship funds for nurses to continue their education.