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Allina Health and Consulting Radiologists, Ltd., agree to outpatient imaging joint venture

MINNEAPOLIS 04/15/2014

Allina Health and Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. (CRL) announced a new joint venture to operate high tech imaging services in the west and southwest metro areas of the Twin Cites on April 14. The new venture is named Twin Cities Medical Imaging and includes two sites in Edina, Minn., with additional sites expected in the future.

"We at CRL are excited to have this new opportunity to work even more closely with Allina Health through Twin Cities Medical Imaging. We believe our joint venture will provide improved access to high quality imaging services as well as an enhanced patient and referring physician experience," said CRL president and radiologist, Dr. Chris Tillotson.

Dr. Tillotson also stated that CRL has enjoyed a strong relationship with Allina Health in Minnesota for many years.

This collaborative approach to providing high tech outpatient imaging is done to optimize patient access, maximize cost effectiveness, and rationalize capital expenditures in providing these services. Allina Health and CRL will provide key access points in these designated areas for high tech outpatient imaging to which patients from both Allina Health and independent practices can refer to for convenient, high quality, patient centered care.

"Both organizations have a strong commitment to provide patients and their families with exceptional care and service," said Allina Health imaging director, Kathleen Inveen.

"We are collaborating to improve access to care for patients in the southwest and west metro communities, as well as eliminate unnecessary duplication of radiology services," said Karen Flanagan Kleinhans, director of strategy and business development for CRL.

Kleinhans also stated that CRL would serve as the exclusive provider for professional reads and manage both centers.

About Consulting Radiologists, Ltd (CRL)

Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. (CRL) is a physician-owned practice that has been serving the Upper Midwest for more than 80 years. CRL's 70 board-certified radiologists represent all imaging subspecialties including: Breast, Body, Chiropractic, Diagnostic, Interventional, Neuroradiology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal, Nuclear Medicine, and Pediatrics. CRL provides outpatient imaging at four convenient Twin Cities locations as well as onsite radiology services at 37 partner hospitals and clinics, and Teleradiology services to over 60 healthcare organizations in five states. For more information, visit: www.consultingradiologists.com.

Allina Health 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, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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