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[Skilled Nursing News, April 16, 2020]   Allina Health has built on its existing partnership with Presbyterian Homes & Services, a St. Paul-based provider of senior living and care, to create a COVID-19 cohort in its co-owned Interlude Suites , a 50-bed skilled nursing facility connected to an Allina hospital. The plan provides benefits to both the hospital and the senior care provider, Downing explained, as the entities look to fight back the COVID-19 tide in the Twin Cities and beyond.
April 16, 2020
[The Commonwealth Fund, March 31, 2020]   Toby Freier is president of New Ulm Medical Center , a 25-bed critical access hospital 90 miles southwest of Minneapolis and two hours from its nearest tertiary care referral center. Part of Allina Health, a nonprofit system, New Ulm has been preparing for the emergence of COVID-19 cases at the same as time it’s been expanding capacity to provide care to patients with chronic conditions and other acute care needs.
March 31, 2020
[Xtelligent Healthcare Media, February 19, 2020]   The GPS system isn’t just a way of the road anymore. Increasingly, these tools – known in healthcare as digital wayfinding systems – are being implemented in hospitals, where patients have to navigate winding hallways, multiple departments, and different admission and visitation protocol.
February 19, 2020
[Epic, January 27, 2020]   Six hundred doctors at Allina Health in Minnesota are using a price transparency tool embedded in Epic, its electronic patient health record, to have meaningful discussions with patients about what they’ll pay out of pocket for medications. A patient’s estimated out-of-pocket cost appears in Epic when a provider is ordering a prescription.
January 27, 2020
[MarketWatch, December 27, 2019]   In this article, Abbott Northwestern Hospital hospitalist Dr. Craig Bowron discusses the value of Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) screening using CT scans to determine whether coronary arteries are blocked. Dr. Michael Miedema , a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute , who specializes in heart disease prevention, is a fan of CAC scoring.
December 27, 2019
[Star Tribune, November 29, 2019]   St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee is spending about $44 million to build a free-standing surgery center while also expanding the hospital’s emergency room and cancer center. The projects, which were disclosed in a financial statement this month, were approved by the hospital’s board of directors earlier this year and are scheduled for completion by autumn 2021.
November 29, 2019
[Becker's Hospital Review, November 21, 2019]   Penny Wheeler, MD President and CEO of Allina Health The disruption taking place in healthcare affirms what I know to be true in this time of Thanksgiving — the work each of you do to relieve suffering and improve the lives of those served and the support you give each other has me giving great thanks. When faced with challenges that may seem insurmountable, gratitude is the greatest antidote.  The need for caring is something that never changes and is always deeply felt.
November 21, 2019
[Healthline, November 11, 2019]   At 43 years old, Sara has been dealing with depression for two decades. Over the years, she told Healthline she’s been prescribed many different medications.
November 05, 2019
[Healthline, October 07, 2019]   The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has announced it’s giving a coalition of 15 universities and research organizations up to $130 million over 7 years to develop a universal flu inoculation. The hope is the longer the research goes, the longer the initial vaccines would last.
October 07, 2019
[RevCycleIntelligence, September 06, 2019]   Healthcare CFOs need to be strategic partners, not just financial gatekeepers, for their organizations to succeed under value-based care and other new ways of doing business. “Value-based care is the right thing to be doing from all perspectives.
September 06, 2019