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River Falls Area Hospital president goes green to raise some green

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 03/31/2014

River Falls Area Hospital president David Miller may have been the loser in a friendly competition between the hospital and River Falls Medical Clinic, but the American Cancer Society was definitely the winner.

Miller sported green hair at Friday's (March 28, 2014) Relay For Life of River Falls/Pierce County as a result of losing a Pot of Gold contest between staff at River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, and River Falls Medical Clinic.

The Pot of Gold event, which raised a total of $695.02 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of River Falls/Pierce County, saw employees from both organizations competing to collect the most change, with any paper money or check donations counting negatively. The heads of administration at each facility agreed to dye their hair green if their organization lost the challenge.

"I lost, fair and square, and I'm willing to pay up," said Miller. "If someone asks me why my hair is green, I'm happy to tell them it's because we raised this money for cancer. And if someone gave another significant sum for cancer, I would paint it green again."

The money raised through the Pot of Gold challenge will be added to funds raised by hospital and clinic employees through a series of events, including a chili cook-off, bake, craft and luminaria sale, and donations to walkers, totaling more than $4,500. Additionally, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health, was one of the major sponsors of Relay for Life of River Falls/Pierce County.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

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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