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Allina Health's Patient Education Department

Delivery address  
2925 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407-1321

Mailing address  
Box 43 
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0043

Phone  
612-262-6069

Email 
patienteducation@allina.com 

Allina Health's Patient Education Department

Allina Health's Patient Education Department works with experts throughout Allina Health to produce manuals, booklets and other material used to educate patients about their health and medical treatment.

In developing content for such pieces, our writers team up with content leads in related clinical areas.

Medical expert review

The content leads from these and other clinical areas facilitate the medical review process. They work closely with physicians and other medical experts to verify the currency and accuracy of patient education material.

Advance care planning: Elizabeth Hermes, LSW, ACP educator and volunteer coordinator; Paige Bingham, MBA, director, LifeCourse

Blood transfusion: Alana Sutherland, technical consultant, central lab, Allina Health Laboratory

Cardiovascular care: Pam Rush, clinical programs director, Cardiovascular clinical service line; Andrea Sweeney, manager, cardiovascular operations, Minneapolis Heart Institute®

Community wellness: Susan Nygaard, RN, PHN, manager, community health improvement, Community Benefit and Engagement

Courage Kenny Kids: Sara Rohde, OT, manager, Courage Kenny Kids

Diabetes: Dawn McCarter, RN, BSN, CDE, manager, diabetes education

Grief: Michele Dettloff, MA, grief counselor, Allina Health Hospice

Heart failure: Pam Rush, clinical programs director, Cardiovascular clinical service line 

Heart transplant: April McGaver, RN, transplant / organ failure care coordinator, transplantation department, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Infection control: Heidi Gallart, program manager, Allina Health Infection Prevention Program

Integrative health: Jayson King, BS, RN, BCTMB, HNB-BC, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Kidney transplant: Julie Berken, RN, transplant / organ failure care coordinator, transplantation department, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Medications: Lee Mork, MBA, MS, RPh, director, Allina Health Group; Ann Byre, PharmD, vice president, Pharmacy Services

Mental health: Paul Goering, MD, medical director, Allina Health Mental Health

Nutrition: Shirley Winslett, certified dietitian, Allina Health Clinical Nutrition Managers Council

Obstetrics: Michelle Smith, RN, director, Mother Baby clinical service line  

Oncology: Connie Fiebiger, RN, vice president of operations,  Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

Ophthalmology: Marge Watry, RN, MBA, director, Patient Care Services; Daniel Conrad, MD, president, Phillips Eye Institute, physician leader, Allina Health Eye clinical service line

Orthopedics: Stephanie Eller, RN, ONC, specialty program manager,  Joint Replacement Center, Abbott Northwestern Hospital 

Ostomy: Sherilyn Votaw, RN, WOCN,  Mercy Hospital

Pain management: Karen Dewey, senior advisor, Allina Health Patient Experience

Patient transitions: Karen Tomes, RN, vice president, care management and coordination, Allina Health

Pediatrics: Diane Adamski, MD, Allina Health Ambulatory Pediatrics Council

Physical therapyLori Froehling, PT, MS, director of therapies, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Pulmonary: Roberta Bonrud, respiratory therapist, United Hospital

Sleep disorders: Andrew Stiehm, MD, United Hospital, Regina Hospital, Owatonna Hospital, New Ulm Medical Center; Ann Long, manager of operations and clinical programs, United Hospital Lung and Sleep

Stroke and spine care: Timothy Hehr, RN, MA, SCRN, Stroke Program coordinator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital; Lana Stein RN, BSN, SCRN, Stroke Program coordinator, United Hospital 

Tobacco: Gabrielle Coleman, tobacco intervention coordinator, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing; Karina DiLuzio, tobacco intervention coordinator, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing; Julee Moorlag, tobacco intervention coordinator, health improvement and wellness, Mercy Hospital

Weight management: Deborah Vanderhall BS, RN, CBN, program manager, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center

Women's health: Patricia (Trish) Huberty, MD, Allina Health Eagan Women's Health Clinic