Archives for 2010

[ABC News, December 22, 2010]   Many hospital patients are being turned away for potentially life-saving injection treatments in what may be the largest U.S. hospital drug shortage in over two decades including chemotherapy drugs like doxorubicin. Mark McKee's doctors have spent 15 years managing his rare abdominal tumor.
December 23, 2010
[Allina Newsroom, December 21, 2010]   Allina's Mercy Hospital has been verified as a Level Two Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. Level Two accreditation means that the emergency department and other areas of Mercy are capable of caring for complex trauma patients.
December 21, 2010
[River Falls Journal, December 20, 2010]   Allina Hospitals & Clinics, which includes the River Falls Area Hospital, helped host a community health dialogue this fall. The talks focused on healthful eating, active living, maintaining a balanced life and barriers to good health.
December 21, 2010
[Pioneer Press, December 19, 2010]   When Bob Sherman puts two fingers to his wrist, the pulse he feels isn't normal. Rather than sensing the singular beat he's known for most of his life, Sherman now detects a longer surge of blood that occasionally feels like a double beat.
December 20, 2010
[Pioneer Press, December 19, 2010]   The ultimate cure for heart failure is a new heart. And in Minnesota, the sleepiest of the state's three heart transplant centers is making a big investment to get back in the game.
December 20, 2010
[Star Tribune, December 10, 2010]   Allina Hospitals & Clinics is among the health care organizations calling on Experienced Resources LLC, a metro area business which recruits experienced, semiretired health care executives for short-term projects or interim management positions at Minnesota hospitals and clinics. Cheryl Hermann, vice president of operations for Allina Medical Clinic, offers a reason why Experienced Resources not only has attracted major clients, but has won repeat business from them.
December 17, 2010
[New Ulm Journal, December 17, 2010]   As Lori Wightman packed up her office on Thursday, her last day as president of Allina's New Ulm Medical Center, she looked back on eight years of some big changes and accomplishments. "It's been a great ride.
December 17, 2010
[Owatonna People's Press, December 17, 2010]   Owatonna nurses will not have a new contract before Christmas, putting a little something different on their list this year. Local nurses have been in contract negotiations with representatives from Owatonna Hospital since Aug.
December 17, 2010
[Informatics Playbook, December 16, 2010]   When most of us think of compliance in healthcare we think of HIPAA. But, over the past few years, PCI-DSS ( Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard ) has been giving HIPAA a run for its money.
December 16, 2010
[Modern Healthcare, December 14, 2010]   Allina Hospitals & Clinics is among a group of large hospital systems that has sent a letter to the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (PDF) disputing the findings of a recent study put out by the organization. The study, released this past October, concluded that group purchasing organizations' contracting practices drive up the cost of medical products and, ultimately, the costs of care to consumers and payers.
December 16, 2010