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[Star Tribune, November 04, 2014]   So-called integrative therapies reduced self-reported pain levels by 47 percent and cut anxiety levels by 56 percent for cancer patients at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital . The Abbott study is the largest of its kind for cancer patients and was set for publication Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs .
November 04, 2014
[Pioneer Press, July 14, 2014]   A program to lower health costs through new payment contracts with doctors and hospitals generated about $10.5 million in savings during its first year, according to state officials. The new contracts let health care providers share in the savings when quality care is provided more efficiently.
July 17, 2014
[Star Tribune, February 01, 2014]   David Norlund went home with nine separate medications when he left the hospital after treatment for pulmonary disease last month. With so much to keep track of, it’s no wonder that roughly one in five older patients winds up back in the hospital within a month of being discharged — a number that is costly for the health care system and hard on the patients.
February 05, 2014
[Star Tribune, January 23, 2014]   While acknowledging that one error is too many, hospital officials said patients are safer than they were 10 years ago when Minnesota first started publicly listing hospitals that committed any of 28 adverse events, also known as “never events” because they are considered preventable. Surgeries to the wrong body part, for example, declined from 31 three years ago to 17 last year.
January 23, 2014
[Star Tribune, September 19, 2013]   When Dr. Michael Mooney of Allina Health threads a catheter inside the arteries of a heart-attack patient, he often finds an obstruction beyond the big blockage that is his main target. But, as tempting as it would be to remove the obstruction and prevent it from causing the next heart attack, Mooney follows advice from leading medical authorities to leave it and exit his patient’s circulatory system as quickly as possible.
September 23, 2013
[Star Tribune, August 07, 2013]   Two major players in Minnesota health care have teamed up on a new insurance plan they say removes obstacles that keep people from ­getting the best care. The plan that Allina Health and insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota unveiled Tuesday offers a handful of free office visits plus full coverage of many prescription drugs and lab screenings.
August 07, 2013
[Minnesota Public Radio, January 01, 0001]   Two Minnesota giants in medical rehabilitation officially merge on Saturday and will adopt a new name. The Golden Valley-based Courage Center and the Minneapolis-based Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute are now the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of the Allina Health .
June 01, 2013
[Star Tribune, May 30, 2013]   Courage Center and Sister Kenny will officially come together on Saturday in a merger that brings together two powerhouses in caring for people with disabilities. The partnership marks a deliberate move by Allina Health , which operates the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute , to strengthen its position in the new world of health care reform.
May 30, 2013
[Star Tribune, May 06, 2013]   Dr. Richard Adair insisted that they spell it out clearly when the jobs were first posted: No experience required. The idea was to hire people with no medical background, give them two weeks of training, and send them off to clinics to start seeing patients.
May 06, 2013
[Star Tribune, December 09, 2012]   Minnesota's hospitals and clinics are on a hiring spree, and they're not just looking for the usual MDs and RNs. Penny Wheeler, chief clinical officer for Allina Health , said this approach to health care, forming a team around a patient and giving them someone to make sure nothing is lost in the shuffle, means a few positions are in high demand. Primary care doctors, for one.
December 09, 2012