Care Delivery Research


Allina Health’s Care Delivery Research department is dedicated to advancing practice-based research for Allina patients, their families and providers, as well as broader communities served by Allina Health facilities. Through partnerships with clinical service lines and provider teams across the Allina Health system, we are able to create, design, evaluate, implement and disseminate research focused on improving care delivery.

Critical Care, Hospitalist and Medical Education Research Programs at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

The critical care and hospitalist clinical research programs at Allina Health are in partnership with Abbott Northwestern Hospital and strive to improve outcomes for hospitalized patients. Results of our research studies provide important evidence that is used to develop optimized patient care and reduce complications during hospital admissions. Ultimately, the impact of this research benefits our community by decreasing the overall length of stay and cost of care for inpatients. Collectively, over 100 physicians staff the critical care and hospitalist services, many of whom are actively engaged in research.  The Critical Care/Hospitalist Research Council reviews and approves all studies before initiation.

Clinical research studies led by physicians and the critical care/hospitalist research team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital often involve physicians-in-training from the Internal Medicine Residency Program. This integrated approach to medical care, training and clinical research promotes exceptional care for the patients and families that Abbott Northwestern Hospital serves.


View publications from this team on PubMed. 

Critical Care/Hospitalist Research Team

Love Patel, MD
Hospitalist, Lead of Hospitalist Research 

Roman Melamed, MD
Intensivist, Lead of Critical Care Research

Dave Tierney, MD
Hospitalist, Director Internal Medicine Residency Program

Natalie Ha, MPH Research Specialist

 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Research

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) research agenda at Allina Health aims to improve the delivery and outcomes of the pre-hospital care provided by our ambulance service. Since 2011, a small but active group of core investigators has been conducting research in support of Allina paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers who deliver life-saving and compassionate care in the pre-hospital setting to patients and families facing acute and often life-threatening events in the out-of-hospital setting.

With over 600 care providers and approximately 130,000 responses for service annually across 100+ communities, Allina Health EMS is one of the largest ambulance services in the upper Midwest. The research we conduct in this large applied setting is aimed at advancing new treatments and approaches in the field of pre-hospital care delivery and studying their impact on patient outcomes. Research focus areas include management of cardiac arrest, provider well-being, response vehicle design and safety, sepsis recognition, and administration of opioids and naloxone.

Emergency Medical Services Research Team

Andrew Stevens, MD

Charles Lick, MD

Lori Boland, MPH
Principal Research Scientist

Christie Traczyk, MS, FP-C, EMT-P


Mother Baby Research

The Mother Baby research agenda at Allina Health seeks to improve models of care and outcomes during prenatal care, labor and delivery for both low-high-risk pregnancies and neonatal care. Our research is also focused on identifying disparities and inequalities to create opportunities to improve equity in both access to care and outcomes. Ultimately, we aim to partner with providers to generate evidence-based practice within the Mother Baby Service Line.

Allina Health’s Mother Baby Clinical Service Line brings together obstetrics (OB), perinatology, midwifery, newborn care/neonatology and women’s health to provide world-class care. Allina Health is the largest OB delivery system in the state with over 15,500 annual deliveries. Research conducted by the Mother Baby team is guided by the Mother Baby Research Council, comprised of care across the Mother Baby Clinical Service Line, which provides scientific, strategic and practical guidance to the development and implementation of research.

Mother Baby Research Team

Abbey Sidebottom, PhD, MPH
Principal Research Scientist, Co–Chair Mother Baby Research Council

Marc Vacquier, MS

Whitney Wunderlich, MA
Project Manager – Clinical Research

Anna Schulte, MPH 
Senior Research Specialist

Laura Colicchia, MD
Perinatologist, Co–Chair Mother Baby Research Council


You can view publications from the Mother Baby team at PubMed