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June

Woodbury Bulletin: TRIA Orthopaedic Center arrives; construction gets under way
TRIA Orthopaedic Center began construction on the new building with a groundbreaking ceremony.

StarTribune: Prince died from accidental overdose of fentanyl
Anne Pylkas, MD, a HealthPartners addiction medicine specialist, commented on Prince’s overdose on fentanyl, an addictive and more potent drug than oxycodone.

AHIP: A care model to achieve the Triple Aim
HealthPartners is featured for our organization’s Total Cost of Care, a population-based model that accounts for all of the care provided to a patient, how much the care costs, where the patient received care and which types of providers delivered it.

KARE11: Beauty standards since Marilyn Monroe
Heather Gallivan, Clinical Director at Melrose Center, was interviewed on beauty standards in honor of Marilyn Monroe’s birthday.

KARE11: Facts and information from the Struther's Parkinson's Center
Martha Nance, MD, a Neurology Physician at Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson’s Center, spoke about Parkinson’s disease after Muhammad Ali passed away.

Managed Healthcare Executive: Apply consumer insights to drive high-value care
Kevin Ronneberg, MD, Vice President and Associate Medical Director of Health Initiatives at HealthPartners wrote an article about our Total Cost of Care measurement tool that helps our network providers identify and measure the impact of opportunities for affordability in their systems.

Health Data Management: Most powerful women in health care IT
Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners, is featured as one of the most powerful women in health care IT.

Sustainable Brands: 3M, Aveda, Target among members of new coalition aimed at advancing circular economy in U.S.
HealthPartners is one of the members of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, a business-led public-private partnership harnessing their collective expertise to advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability.

New York Times: Birth control via app finds footing under political radar
virtuwell was featured as being one website women can get birth control through.

StarTribune: Gallery: Survivors celebrate by releasing butterflies
Frauenshuh Cancer Center welcomed cancer survivors to celebrate their perseverance by releasing butterflies.

Fox9: Doctors writing prescriptions for fruits, veggies for kids
Andrew Dorwart, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, is one of the doctors at HealthPartners and Park Nicollet clinics who write prescriptions redeemable for fresh produce at various grocery stores.

Annals of Internal Medicine: Aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer
Steven Dehmer, PhD, Research Investigator, Michael Maciosek, PhD, Senior Research Investigator, and Amy LaFrance, MPH, Principal Research Project Manager, found that lifetime aspirin use for primary prevention initiated at younger ages and in people with higher CVD risk shows the greatest potential for positive benefit.

Twin Cities medical Society: A conversation with Joshua O. Zimmerman, MD
Joshua Zimmerman, MD, Chief of Behavioral Health at Park Nicollet comments on health and nutrition and the programs Melrose Center offers.

Twin Cities Business Magazine: Four MN medical centers recognized as best hospitals in U.S.
Methodist Hospital was graded highly for meeting national high performing standards, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Bloomberg: Diabetes breakthrough nears with Medtronic's artificial pancreas
Richard Bergenstal, MD, Executive Director of Park Nicollet’s International Diabetes Center, commented on the MiniMed 670G that can produce insulin for diabetes patients.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: 2016 Eureka! awards winner: Preston Kelly
Regions Hospital won an award for their campaign, Make It Ok, which aims to combat mental illness.

KARE11: Expert talks to Julie nelson about Pat Summit and early onset dementia
William Frey, MD, Senior Director of Alzheimer’s Research, discusses early onset dementia after Pat Summitt’s death.

StarTribune: Ackerberg, Kin Solutions, HealthPartners are winners of Business Ethics Awards
HealthPartners was a winner of the 2016 Business Ethics Awards.

StarTribune: Light it and run: Fireworks injuries rose in Minnesota last year
William Mohr, MD, Director of the Burn Center at Regions Hospital, comments on the increase of firework injuries this year.

May

Becker’s Hospital Review: 10 healthcare CEO's best advice, career tips for the class of 2016
Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners, offers healthcare advice to graduates and rookies to the healthcare field.

Twin Cities Business: HealthPartners awarded $6M to advance telemonitoring study
HealthPartners Institute received $6 million to support a groundbreaking high blood pressure study that will expand the scope of their study to a wider pool of patients.

StarTribune: HealthPartners says bigger size hasn't meant bigger costs
HealthPartners was mentioned for its expansion and that it hasn’t used its size to make health care less affordable.

Pioneer Press: CHS Field's new food: real Pronto Pups (we checked)
HealthPartners dietitians teamed up with PSC catering to create healthy ballpark options at CHS Field.

WCCO: Saturday Night with Esme Murphy, May 7
Brenda Guyer, MD, a physician at the Park Nicollet St. Louis Park Clinic spoke with Esme Murphy on allergies.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: Be Heart Smart
Aimee Johnson, MD, a cardiologist at Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center, comments on heart disease and being proactive about health.

StarTribune: Threat of Zika cases in Minnesota draw calls for prevention
William Stauffer, MD, a physician at the HealthPartners Travel Clinic, was part of a panel discussing Zika and how to respond to the threat.

StarTribune: Obituary: Pediatric cardiologist Dr. George Lund was pioneer, innovator
George Lund, one of the founders or Park Nicollet Clinic, passed away in May after a career of being one of the first board-certified pediatric cardiologists.

myTalk: The Waiting Room, May 15
William Frey, MD, Senior Director of Alzheimer’s Research at Regions Hospital, discusses treatments, foods that prevent the disease and more.

Fox9: Minnesota motorcyclist rides again after amputation, helps others
Peter Cole, MD, Chief of Orthopedics at Regions Hospital, talks about a Minnesotan motorcyclist who still rides after a life threatening accident.

WCCO: Regions Hospital celebrates Nurse's Week with bed races
Regions Hospital celebrated National Nurse’s Week with nurse bed races.

KSTP: Boy reunited with life-saving firefighters
Regions Hospital’s yearly Rig Wash featured a boy who was reunited with the firefighters who helped rescue him after an accident.

Pioneer Press: Stillwater rescue crew honored for saving boy impaled on fence
At its annual Rig Wash event, Regions Hospital honored Stillwater firefighters with the “Outstanding Achievement Award” for saving a boy after an accident.

MinnPost: MN Trauma Project aims to increase understanding of how past experiences shape our lives today
Ryan Van Wyk, PhD, a psychologist at Park Nicollet Melrose Center, is featured for his research on understanding the larger impact trauma can have on mental health and addiction issues.

White Bear Press: BearPower: Eat well and be active
Elsa Nisswandt Keeler, MD, a pediatrician at HealthPartners describes how BearPower can help people live healthier lives.

Health Data Management: Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT
Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners, is recognized as one of the most powerful women in healthcare IT.

April

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Minneapolis/St. Paul women share the best advice they've received
Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners, along with other business women, recalls the best advice she has ever received.

Business Wire: J.D. Power: HealthPartners is the highest ranked plan in region
Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners, and Scott Aebischer, senior vice president of customer service and product innovation at HealthPartners, comment on HealthPartners being the highest ranked plan in member satisfaction in the Minnesota/Wisconsin region.

Doctors Lounge: Distress still high after chemo completion in childhood ALL
Alicia S. Kunin-Batson, Ph.D. from HealthPartners Institute is featured for assessing anxiety and depression symptoms in children and families after treatment for childhood ALL.

Pioneer Press: Ruben Rosario: Another drug abuse scourge - but a much smarter response
Adrianne Richardson, a gynecologist and medical director of Healthy Beginnings, comments on how Healthy Beginnings is helping pregnant women receive treatment and helping babies be born drug-free and healthier.

StarTribune: HealthPartners data helped shape new aspirin guidelines
Steven Dehmer, a research associate with HealthPartners Institute, and Rae Ann Williams, an internal medicine specialist at HealthPartners’ Como clinic are featured for their analysis of a daily aspirin use.

StarTribune: Minnesota researcher brainstorms a new approach to treating Alzheimer's
William H. Frey II, senior research director at HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, is featured for his groundbreaking research in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

PR Newswire: TRIA Orthopedic Center surgeon develops expedited ankle surgery recovery process
Fernando Peña, orthopedic surgeon and foot and ankle specialist, is featured for his study on ankle fracture operation recovery.

StarTribune: Health care and addiction: Instead of opioids, prevent chronic pain
James Friction, a professor and specialist at HealthPartners Institute, and Alfred Clavel, a department chair in pain management at HealthPartners wrote an article discussing opioid abuse and the need to treat chronic pain.

StarTribune: Can an aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay?
Rae Ann Williams, MD, a specialist in internal medicine at HealthPartners’ Como clinic talks about the new federal health advice on a daily dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

MSP Magazine: Charting the Future: From clinics to classrooms to communities, up-and-coming medical professionals are helping define what’s possible for patients
Amy Fox, MD, a surgeon at Regions Hospital, is featured for her dedication to her patients.

KARE 11: Cancer patient makes a party out of chemotherapy
Rachel Jones, a medical receptionist at Methodist Hospital, and Mary Strand, a doctor at Methodist Hospital describe how the hospital supports the movie-themed parties a cancer patients throws during chemotherapy.

March

KSTP: Interview: Colon cancer is second-leading cancer
Mark Wilkowske, MD, from Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center was interviewed about colon cancer and how to prevent it.

Sun Current: TRIA repeats as winner of association award
TRIA Orthopedic Center was featured for winning the Outstanding Building of the Year Award in the medical category at the Best of Building Owners Management Association gala.

StarTribune: Drug price inflation slows, but pharmacy costs are still in the fast lane
Rick Bruzek, vice president of pharmacy services for HealthPartners discusses the increase in medication costs and how rebates helped moderate drug cost trends at HealthPartners.

Twin Cities Business: Park Nicollet's new service aims to curb health care costs
SmartCare, a program started by Park Nicollet, was featured for helping patients save time and money.

StarTribune: Coon Rapids clinic is innovative in helping opioid-addicted patients
Alfred Clavel, MD, a neurologist, Scott Darling, a physical therapist, and Georgia Panopoulos, a clinic psychologist, were featured for the therapy they provide to help patients with physical pain at HealthPartners RiverWay Pain Clinic in Coon Rapids, a practice that is helping reduce the nation’s dependency on prescription opioids.

St. Cloud Times: With early spring, so come allergies
Sarah Groen, a clinical pharmacist with HealthPartners, talks about how you get allergies, what you can do about them and what medication works best.

St. Cloud Times: Report shows area clinics meet or surpass standards
Julie Johnson, MD, the regional medical director at the HealthPartners Central Minnesota clinic commented on the Sartell clinic receiving an above average rating for quality of care.

February

Stillwater Current: Lakeview EMS are leading the state with new pediatric technology
Matt Milder, Lakeview Hospital EMS Supervisor, talks about the new technology used by Lakeview Hospital is using to offer the highest level of care for their pediatric patients.

StarTribune: Minnesota political and business leaders say, 'Don't be #UnMinnesotan'
In a full-page ad, HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd and other leaders across the state took a firm stance on inclusion and against hatred based on religious beliefs and ethnicity.

Sun Sailor: Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Pak wins nationwide award
Roxanna Gapstur, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital chief operating officer, talks about Methodist Hospital winning the Top Urban Hospital Award from The Leapfrog Group.

MPR: Richfield High opens health center offering free care
Libby Lincoln, Park Nicollet Foundation program officer, discusses the opening of a free health center at Richfield High School. The center is funded by the Park Nicollet Foundation.

StarTribune: Zika risks are low in Minnesota, but surveillance high, officials say
Patricia Walker, MD, a medical director of the HealthPartners Travel and Tropical Medicine Center, comments on Zika and the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

Pioneer Press: Minneapolis doctor says ER prepared him for 'Survivor'
Peter Baggenstos, MD, an emergency room physician at Methodist Hospital, is interviewed for his appearance on the latest season of “Survivor.”

KSTP: Volunteers make red hats for Regions Hospital newborns during 'American Heat Month'
Regions Hospital was featured for being the first hospital in Minnesota to provide the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program.

Press & News: Maple Grove doctor gets kids moving
Karen Elhai, MD, a doctor at the Maplewood HealthPartners Clinic, is writing kids “Sweat Rx” prescriptions to encourage kids and their families to be active.

KSTP: Pediatric dentist offers tips for keeping your kids teeth healthy
Angela Veire, MD, a HealthPartners pediatric dentist, talks about how to keep your kids teeth healthy and why it is important to begin teaching these habits early.

January

StarTribune: Families haunted by opioid deaths seek answers, change
Chris Johnson, MD, an emergency department physician at Methodist Hospital, talks about reducing opioid prescribing to limit the risk of addiction when possible.

KSTP: New Program to Assist Minn., Wis. Law Enforcement with Health and Well-being
Lisabeth Mackall, manager of rehabilitation therapy at Regions Hospital and co-founder of the Blue Watch program, discusses the first-of-its-kind program and how it connects police officers with health experts and support resources when needed.

KSTP: New Regions Hospital Cafeteria Open to Public Tuesday
Megan Remark, president and chief executive officer of Regions Hospital, discusses the hospital’s new cafeteria, Café 640, and its incorporation of better-for-you options.

The Wall Street Journal: Is an Annual Physical Necessary?
Beth Averbeck, MD, senior medical director at HealthPartners, comments on the importance of annual physicals and how HealthPartners is trying to engage patients during every clinic visit to assess their needs for preventative care.

KSTP: WHO: Zika Virus Likely to Spread Across Americas
Bo Malmin, MD, a Park Nicollet physician, comments about the recent Zika virus outbreak, its symptoms and steps to take if traveling to an affected country.

StarTribune: Counterpoint: Teamwork is the best medicine, not ‘autonomy’
Thomas Kottke, MD, cardiologist at HealthPartners, and Arthur Wineman, MD, family physician at HealthPartners, coauthored an article about doctor burnout, and what the key solutions are to address this growing concern.

The Wall Street Journal: Drugmakers Raise Prices Despite Criticisms
Mary Brainerd, chief executive officer of HealthPartners, and Rick Bruzek, vice president of pharmacy services at HealthPartners, comment on prescription price hikes.

St. Cloud Times: Resistant live can pose problem
Azhar Iqbal, MD, pediatrician at HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinic, weighs in on certain insecticides that may not work for the more resistant populations of lice following a study released by the American Chemical Society.

StarTribune: Wisconsin grant takes aim at shortage of doctors
Deb Rudquist, president and chief executive of Amery Medical Center, Andrew Dorwart, MD, medical director for HealthPartners St. Croix Valley, and Shannon Kojasoy, consultant at HealthPartners, discuss a new residency program, Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program Rural Training Track, which is set to begin in 2018 at Methodist Hospital and will eventually expand to HealthPartners hospitals in western Wisconsin.

December

StarTribune: My Job: Georgina Hankerson, Medical Interpreter
Georgina Hankerson, medical interpreter, and Sydney Van Dyke, director of health equity and language access at Regions Hospital, discuss the importance and high demand of Georgina’s job as a medical interpreter.

KSTP: New Program Helps Patients Leave Hospital Faster, Save Money
Experts from Regions Hospital discuss the Move It Program, a program that helps patients get moving and out of the hospital quicker.

StarTribune: ‘Make It OK’ campaign works to reduce stigma of mental illness
Mary Brainerd, chief executive officer of HealthPartners, comments on the Make It OK campaign, an effort to reduce the stigma around mental illness, and its focus on targeting minority communities.

KARE 11: Local hospital conducting study on concussion severity
Michael Swank, MD, emergency medicine physician at Regions Hospital, weighs in on a new study being conducted at Regions Hospital to determine the severity of a concussion.

St. Louis Park Sun Sailor: Park Nicollet reports savings for taxpayers
Park Nicollet is featured for saving taxpayers $2.9 million in 2014 for meeting their goals in quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction as a Pioneer ACO.

KSTP: More Local Hospitals Accepting Donor Breast Milk
Emily LaBadie, recreation therapist, and Jessica Altman, nurse and lactation consultant at Hudson Hospital, discuss Hudson Hospital’s growing breast milk depot and their future plans to open a milk bank in the Twin Cities.

KSTP: Study: Exercise Can Help Parkinson’s Patients with Memory and Retention
Julia Johnson, MD, neurologist and clinical director of HealthPartners Parkinson’s Center, and John Stella, patient at Regions Hospital, talk about a new study underway at Regions Hospital researching whether exercise has an effect on memory loss and cognitive thinking in Parkinson’s patients.

StarTribune: Health beat: Delirium prevention at Methodist Hospital succeeds
Mary Brainerd, chief executive officer of HealthPartners, comments on Methodist Hospital’s delirium prevention program, which is designed to prevent elderly patients from suffering intense mood changes and confusion while in the Hospital.

November

StarTribune: Opioid overuse kills more Minnesotans than homicide
Al Clavel, MD, neurologist and pain management specialist for HealthPartners, discusses the dangers of opioid use and how HealthPartners new pain clinic in Anoka County can be an alternative route for individuals battling chronic pain.
November 28, 2015

MPR News: Hospitals finding ways to fight delirium in elderly patients
Paula Duncan, coordinator for the HELP program at Park Nicollet, and Olufemi Banjoko, MD, senior health physician for Park Nicollet, discuss Methodist Hospital’s Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) and how it’s improving delirium prevention.
November 11, 2015

StarTribune: HealthPartners creating new health plan in Iowa
Andrea Walsh, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for HealthPartners, discusses a new partnership between HealthPartners and UnityPoint Health to form a new health plan in Iowa.
November 17, 2015

Pioneer Press: Breast milk depot for new moms opens in Hudson
Jessica Altman, lactation consultant, and Stacy Lenzen, senior communications generalist at Hudson Hospital, comment on the Hospital’s new Milk Depot program.
November 16, 2015

CNN: Americans’ blood pressure control improving, but what else can be done?
Karen Margolis, MD, director of clinical research at HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, weighs in on the different ways to lower and improve blood pressure.
November 12, 2015

BuzzFeed News: Your DNA Could Soon Be Used In Your Work’s Wellness Program
Nico Pronk, PhD, vice president for health management and chief science officer for HealthPartners, comments on Newtopia’s DNA collection process for employee wellness programs.
November 9, 2015

KARE 11: Free car seat clinics in Twin Cities
Kim Brawk, emergency department nurse and car seat technician at Regions Hospital, discusses Regions free car seat clinics and the dangers that come with improper installation.
November 7, 2015

MPR News: HealthPartners Mary Brainerd in conversation with Chris Farrell
Mary Brainerd, chief executive officer of HealthPartners, sits down with Chris Farrell from MPR to discuss a variety of topics including the affordable care act and HealthPartners vision of a top-quality health system that can offer affordability and improve accessibility.
November 4, 2015

October

KSTP: INTERVIEW: Best Practices for Putting Babies to Bed
Judy Jacobson, RN, registered nurse at Methodist Hospital’s Family Birth Center, weighs in on the best practices for putting babies to bed to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
October 31, 2015

MinnPost: Heather Gallivan: An obsession with healthy food throws bodies—and lives—out of balance
Heather Gallivan, PsyD LP, clinical director at Park Nicollet Melrose Center, discusses the growing number of patients being treated for orthorexia nervosa, an eating disorder limiting individuals to a small number of foods they consider to be healthy.
October 30, 2015

StarTribune: HealthPartners to build three-story orthopedic clinic in Woodbury
Mary Brainerd, president and chief executive officer for HealthPartners, and Ed Craig, MD, MPH, chief executive for TRIA Orthopaedic Center, discuss plans for a new TRIA Orthopaedic Clinic in Woodbury.
October 29, 2015

StarTribune: Mediterranean Diet may protect against age-related brain atrophy, dementia, new study shows
Michael Rosenbloom, MD, clinical director of HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, weighs in on new research showing that eating a Mediterranean Diet may protect aging brains from dementia.
October 28, 2015

StarTribune: Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis in spotlight after Saunders’ death
Daniel Anderson, MD, oncologist at Regions Hospital, weighs in on Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the possible side effects of chemotherapy, following the death of Flip Saunders.
October 26, 2015

Hudson Star-Observer: Hudson Hospital Birth Center offers nursing moms a breast milk depot
Emily LaBadie, recreation therapist at Hudson Hospital, discusses her experience being the first milk donor for Hudson Hospital’s new breast milk depot. The breast milk depot supplies breast milk to new mothers who can’t produce milk on their own.
October 18, 2015

PBS Duluth: Breaking Free From an Eating Disorder
Andrea Zuellig, PhD, psychologist at Park Nicollet Melrose Center, discusses how recovery from an eating disorder is possible when individuals seek proper treatment.
October 15, 2015

KARE: Find out your "heart" age
Paul Sarcia, MD, cardiologist at Methodist Hospital, discusses calculating your "heart age" following new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows 69 million Americans between ages 30 and 74 have a "heart age" older than their actual age.
October 14, 2015

Gopher Sports: TRIA Named North Star College Cup Title Sponsor
Edward Craig, MD, MPH, chief executive officer for TRIA Orthopaedic Center, comments on TRIA signing a two-year agreement to serve as the North Star College Cup title sponsor.
October 13, 2015

StarTribune: Insurers pulling some offerings from MNsure
HealthPartners comments on the organization’s decision to switch select health plans from the MNsure market to the off-exchange market.
October 12, 2015

StarTribune: UCare dropping lawsuit over Minnesota state health insurance contract
HealthPartners comments on its expected membership gain in 2016 following UCare being dropped as a managed care option for some Minnesotans next year.
October 9, 2015

StarTribune: Small business health insurance premiums will see only small bumps
Doug Smith, senior vice president of health solutions, sales and account service at HealthPartners, weighs in on health insurance premium trends for 2016.
October 7, 2015

StarTribune: Hospital CEOs target unhealthy housing
Mary Brainerd, president and chief executive officer for HealthPartners, and Vince Rivard, senior director of public relations at HealthPartners, discuss the effect housing has on individual’s health.
October 6, 2015

Wayzata Sun Sailor: Wayzata’s Be Pink fundraiser kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Jane Brattain, the Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center’s namesake, spoke at the Be Pink Breakfast about her family’s history of involvement with Park Nicollet, her battle with breast cancer and the importance of detection.
October 5, 2015

WCCO: BUZ’N Kicks Off MammoJam For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Christian Loger, manager for Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center, talks about Mammo a-go-go, a mobile mammography unit offering mammograms to women on-the-go. Loger and Paul Koffy, BUZ’N radio host, also discuss MammoJam, a music festival dedicated to Breast Cancer awareness.
October 5, 2015

September

Brooklyn Center Sun Post: Brooklyn Center HealthPartners to join 'fruit prescription' program
Anne Edwards, MD, pediatrics chair for Park Nicollet, discusses the roll out of our Veggie Rx program in HealthPartners Brooklyn Center clinic. Edwards comments on the importance of providing encouragement to children and their families in a medical setting to better their nutrition habits.
September 14, 2015

StarTribune: Ramsey County Board poised to further restrict e-cigarettes
Thomas Kottke, MD, a HealthPartners cardiologist, weighs in on the dangers of e-cigarettes following possible new restrictions in Ramsey County.
September 13, 2015

WCCO: Veggie Rx Program
Brian Cress, MD, a pediatrician at Stillwater Medical Group, discusses the Veggie Rx program. Through the program, HealthPartners and Park Nicollet physicians prescribe fruit and veggie vouchers that are redeemable at participating grocery stores to encourage healthier eating habits.

WCCO: Back-To-School Is A Great Time To Get Back To Health
Brian Cress, MD, a pediatrician at Stillwater Medical Group, talks about the importance of back-to-school physicals and shares tips on how to keep your kids healthy throughout the school year.
September 9, 2015

WCCO: Regions first aid stations at the State Fair
Aaron Burnett, MD, emergency medicine physician at Regions Hospital, shares the most common health issues treated at the first aid stations at the Minnesota State Fair. During the 12-day stretch, Regions is the busiest emergency department in the state, seeing over 400 patients a day.

KSTP: Brooklyn Center Health Resource Center
Amy Bonifas, MD, family practice physician for Park Nicollet, discusses the Health Resource Center located in Brooklyn Center high school. The clinic provides medical, vision, mental health and dental services to children and teens in the community.

August

KSTP: Doctors, Firefighters Warn Fairgoers to Prepare for the Heat
Kari Haley, MD, an emergency room physician at Regions Hospital, discusses tips to beat the heat at the Minnesota State Fair. Haley suggests staying hydrated and utilizing the two first aid stations located on the Fair grounds.
August 31, 2015

Pioneer Press: Take it from the Fair’s first aid stations: Forgo the flip-flops
Kent Griffith, EMS clinical supervisor and registered nurse at Regions Hospital, discusses the most common health issues treated every year at the State Fair’s first aid stations. Most commonly, fairgoers stop in to ask for bandages to treat blisters as well as medicine for headaches and upset stomachs.
August 30, 2015

StarTribune: ReWalk machine helps paralyzed patients walk again
Steven Jackson, MD, a spinal cord injury specialist at Regions Hospital, weighs in on the physical and psychological benefits of the ReWalk machine following another success story for patient Isaac Schreurs.
August 21, 2015

WCCO: Officials Stepping Up DWI Enforcement Through Labor Day
Michael McGonigal, MD, trauma surgeon at Regions Hospital, discusses the severity of drinking and driving and the current efforts to educate community members. A pedal cart course set up at the Maplewood Mall asked participants to wear “drunk goggles” to imitate what it’s like to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
August 20, 2015

St. Cloud Times: HealthPartners nixes sugary beverages to boost health
Dani Berg, a certified health and well-being coach at HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinic, discusses HPCMC’s plan to be completely free of sugary beverages by Jan. 1, 2016.
August 14, 2015

St. Cloud Times: HealthPartners hands out free veggies
Dani Berg, a certified health and well-being coach at HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinic, talks about a recent veggie giveaway hosted by HPCMC to promote increased consumption of fresh vegetables in the community.
August 13, 2015

Pioneer Press: Vadnais Heights nonprofit takes on hospital plastic waste recycling
Dana Slade, HealthPartners sustainability program manager, discusses how Regions Hospital and other HealthPartners hospitals have implemented a recycling program to eliminate landfill waste from blue wrap, a spongy plastic fabric used in hospitals and other care facilities.
August 12, 2015

Fox 9: Flip Saunders undergoing cancer treatment
Mark Wilkowske, MD, chief of oncology services for Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center, weighs in on Hodgkin’s lymphoma following the Timberwolves’ announcement that their head coach was recently diagnosed with the disease and is currently undergoing treatment.

Star Tribune: Minnesota health care providers urge universal screening for HIV
Beth Averbeck, MD, HealthPartners associate medical director for primary care, comments on universal screening for HIV, and HealthPartners involvement in testing broader groups of patients to reduce the number of deaths related to AIDS and other infections.
August 10, 2015

Star Tribune: Resilient 93-year-old determined to compete again after Senior Games injury
Earl Blassingame, a 93-year-old veteran, is heading home after spending a month at Regions Hospital recovering from serious injuries after falling while competing in the Senior Games. Christine Dawson, a HeroCare advocate at Regions Hospital, comments on HeroCare’s involvement in assisting his family during the recovery process.
August 8, 2015

Star Tribune: Minnesota’s largest hospital system saw big jump in 2014 income
Dave Dzuik, HealthPartners chief financial officer, discusses 2014 financial outcomes for Regions Hospital and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. Dzuik mentions a spike in flu related hospital visits and the HealthPartners/Park Nicollet combination as factors contributing to the increase.
August 8, 2015

July

Maple Grove Press: Helping families to ‘Reach Out and Read’
Terri Harrer, RN, clinic manager at Park Nicollet Maple Grove Clinic, discusses HealthPartners Reach Out and Read program, which will soon be starting at the Maple Grove Clinic. Harrer weighs in on the program’s evidence-based benefits for children and their parents.
July 30, 2015

Minnesota Parent: Running after having babies
Dawn Altstatt, physical therapist and co-founder of Regions Hospital Running Program, wrote an article highlighting tips and takeaways on getting back to running for mothers who recently gave birth.
July 28, 2015

Star Tribune: Minnesota tallies $2 billion in wasted hospital spending
Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners president and CEO, and Dr. Bjorn Westgard, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Regions Hospital, discuss preventable emergency visits, as well the steps being taken to minimize emergency department misuse.
July 23, 2015

MPR News: Why medical marijuana is off to a slow start in MN
Arthur Wineman, MD, department head of family medicine at HealthPartners and regional medical director, talks about Minnesota’s cautious approach to the legalization of medical marijuana.
July 17, 2015

KARE 11: Exoskeleton gives paralyzed patients hope to walk again
Steven Jackson, MD, spinal cord specialist at Regions Hospital, and Lindsay Olson, physical therapist at Regions, discuss the first ever robotic exoskeleton suit made for patients who are paralyzed from spinal cord injuries, giving them a chance to walk again. Angelique Lele is featured as one of the first patients to try the new exoskeleton.
July 15, 2015

Star Tribune: HealthPartners launches online therapy for the blues
Karen Lloyd, HealthPartners senior director of behavioral health, discusses HealthPartners new online tool for patients and members, Beating the Blues, which uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to combat anxiety, stress, or mild depression.
July 10, 2015

Rochester Post Bulletin: Should Mayo Clinic get rid of sugary sodas?
Karla Rosenman, MD, dermatologist and a member of the Better Eating Collaborative at Park Nicollet, weighs in on the health risks linked to sugar sweetened beverages and HealthPartners decision to minimize access of sugary drinks organization-wide.
July 10, 2015

Pioneer Press: HealthPartners breaks ground on neurosciences center
HealthPartners broke ground on a new neuroscience center located near Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The center will be the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest, featuring state-of-the-art Neuro care.
July 8, 2015

KARE 11: Safety first for the 4thof July
William Mohr, MD, co-director of The Burn Center at Regions Hospital, discusses safety tips and ways to avoid firework-related injuries during Fourth of July celebrations.
July 3, 2015

Pioneer Press: New St. Paul CPR device is ‘cutting edge’ – and inspired by toilet plunger
A new CPR device is being installed in 50 St. Paul fire trucks and ambulances this month as a three year trial run for first responders. R.J. Frascone, MD, EMS medical director at Regions Hospital discusses the benefits of the new ResQCPR system.
July 3, 2015

WCCO: Burn Victim Heading Home After 263 Days In The Hospital
After suffering burns on 70 percent of his body, numerous surgeries, and 263 days at Regions Hospital, burn victim Sheyan Chen is finally ready to head home.
July 2, 2015

St. Cloud Times: Doctors uncertain as medical cannabis dispensaries open
Arthur Wineman, MD, department head of family medicine at HealthPartners and Regional Medical Director, discusses the legalization of medical cannabis in Minnesota. Dr. Wineman touches on why HealthPartners providers are holding off on becoming registered to certify a patient for a prescription.
July 1, 2015

June

Star Tribune: HealthPartners to cut back on sugary drinks at clinics, hospitals
Come Jan. 1, 2016, at least 80 percent of sugary beverages will be removed from HealthPartners network of hospitals and clinics, as well as its corporate offices in Bloomington. Karla Rosenman, MD, a physician at Park Nicollet, discusses the decision to minimize sugary beverages.
June 30, 2015

Star Tribune: HealthPartners CEO Brainerd says individual market needs help
Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners president and CEO, weighs in on health care affordability as well as challenges facing the health care industry during HealthPartners 2015 Annual Meeting.
June 24, 2015

KARE 11: Belly button challenge promotes unhealthy body image
The belly button challenge is making its way to the United States. Heather Gallivan, PsyD, Clinical Director of the Melrose Center, discusses concerns involving the unhealthy trend circulating on social media.
June 23, 2015

MinnPost: A ‘deeper dive:’ Make it OK Interactive increases understanding of mental illness
Donna Zimmerman, HealthPartners senior vice president for government and community relations, discusses the Make It OK campaign, which encourages thoughtful, open conversations regarding mental illnesses. Beth Hoeppner, a freelance multimedia producer, explains the new features of Make It OK Interactive.
June 19, 2015

Hudson Star Observer: Saving Hudson man earns Lakeview crew Regions award
Regions Hospital recognized Chadd Gaither and Tim Hoelzel, Lakeview Hospital EMS crew members, with the Outstanding Achievement Award during National EMS Week for their response that saved a man’s life.
June 9, 2015

May

KSTP: ER Doctor from Regions Spends Valuable Time on the East Metro Streets
Bjorn Peterson, MD, an emergency room doctor at Regions Hospital and the assistant medical director for Regions Hospital EMS, talks about his decision to devote a day or two a month in the field responding to ambulance and fire calls in the East Metro.
May 18, 2015

Pioneer Press: Burn victim shares story to raise fire safety awareness
Burn victim Jessica Patterson shares her personal story to raise awareness of fire safety. William Mohr, MD, co–director of the Burn Center at Regions Hospital, weighs in on fire safety and the dangers of fire even after it appears to be out.
May 11, 2015

KARE 11: TRIA helping people run healthy
Ben Maschke, a Physical Therapist at TRIA Orthopaedic Center puts KARE 11 reporters Rena Sarigianopoulos and Sven Sundgaard to test using TRIA’s running program. The program helps provide patients with ways to avoid poor performance and injury while running.
May 9, 2015

Star Tribune: Methodist Hospital rethinks the gap-in-the-back hospital gown
Christa Getchell, president of the Park Nicollet Foundation, discusses Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital’s involvement in a six-month study to gauge whether high-end hospital gowns have an effect on patient satisfaction.
May 2, 2015

April

WCCO: Emojis, Exercise & Eating: Tips For Teaching Kids A Healthy Lifestyle
Betsy Schwartz, MD, Park Nicollet Clinic, explains the concept behind Camp 5210, which is designed to get kids on a healthy eating and lifestyle track.
April 29, 2015

Star Tribune Their messages change, but posters get enlisted in fight vs. STDs
A year after HealthPartners started a social media campaign to encourage young sexually active people to seek regular STD screenings, the Minnesota Department of Health reports screening numbers are still down. Andrew Zinkel, MD, HealthPartners, talks about the declining rates of screenings and the rise of disease in the state.
April 24, 2015

Pioneer Press Lakeview Hospital chief to head health system
Ted Wegleitner, president of Lakeview Hospital, will succeed Jeff Robertson to become chief executive officer of Lakeview Health System in June 2015.
April 21, 2015

KARE 11: Safe pitching practices to prevent pain
It’s baseball season! Heather Bergeson, MD, TRIA Orthopaedic Center, provides tips on preventing injuries in youth baseball.
April 14, 2015

March

Study: Vitamin D ineffective in lowering blood pressure
Cardiologist Tom Kottke, MD, discusses the effects of Vitamin D on high blood pressure – or lack thereof.
March 17, 2015

New Device Could Make CPR Easier, More Effective
R.J. Frascone, MD, explains the technique of a new CPR device designed and tested in the Twin Cities: The ResQ System.
March 15, 2015

February

St. Cloud Times: Program dares kids to give veggies, fruits a try
Dani Berg, a health and wellness coach at HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinic, shares more about how the yumPower program is encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.
February 20, 2015

KARE 11: BearPower boosts healthy choices in White Bear Lake Schools
Get an inside look at an elementary school using BearPower to inspire kids to eat well and be active.
February 19, 2015

Pioneer Press: Editorial: A frame on which to build health care debate
Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners, weighs in on a Minnesota Business Partnership report about Minnesota’s health care performances.
February 18, 2015

Star Tribune: Opinion: A paradox of well-being
Charlie Fazio, MD, and Tom Kottke, MD, from HealthPartners discuss the challenge between rising health care costs and the investments into individuals’ well-being.
February 16, 2015

Star Tribune: Twin Cities hospitals are front line in treating Bakken burn victims
William Mohr, MD, Regions Hospital Burn Center, discusses oil burns and the increased number of patients they are treating since the North Dakota oil boom.
February 15, 2015

SmartBlogs: Leading through change: Fostering collaboration to promote innovation
Shaun Frost, MD, discusses HealthPartners work to improve health, the patient experience and affordability.
February 12, 2015

Pioneer Press: Minnesota: The big problem with MNsure? Hint: It's not website glitches
HealthPartners CEO and President, Mary Brainerd, discusses MNsure challenges and its future.
February 7, 2015

January

Star Tribune: Hospitals across the U.S. join exodus from sugary pop
Jean Weiler, of Hudson Hospital, discusses the hospital’s decision to stop selling sugar sweetened beverages.
January 31, 2015

Fox 9: INVESTIGATORS: Why rush hour air can hurt your health
Steve Smalley, MD, cardiologist from Regions Hospital, weighs in on recent research that shows heart health isn’t just affected by diet and exercise; the air you breathe may be cause for concern.
January 29, 2015

KARE 11: Regions offers free clinics on car.
seat use

With seven of 10 car seats used incorrectly, Regions Hospital’s Shonette Doggett discusses car seat safety and clinics that help educate parents.
January 26, 2015

Pioneer Press: Cottage Grove native’s medical career took him to war and to the White House
Joe Upzen, a physician assistant at Regions Hospital’s Emergency Department, discusses his career at Regions – and at the White House.
January 23, 2015

WCCO: Regions: Isabella & Aiden Top List of Popular Baby Names of 2014
Regions Hospital’s Birth Center announces its most popular baby names in 2014
January 5, 2015

December

KARE 11: Norovirus outbreaks hitting MN hard
Erik Haltson, physician assistant at HealthPartners West Clinic’s Urgent Care, was interview about the norovirus and tips to prevent the illness.
December 22, 2014

Minnesota Philantropy Partners: HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd Will Lead MN Partners Board
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners announce that Mary Brainerd was elected chair of its board of directors.
December 15, 2014

Pioneer Press: HealthPartners to extend enrollment period
With a 30 percent increase in calls for insurance coverage, HealthPartners extends the enrollment deadline to Dec. 31.
December 12, 2014

November

MPR: HealthPartners to build neuroscience care center in St. Paul
Bret Haake, MD, assistant medical director of neurosciences, was interviewed about plans for a new neuroscience center in St. Paul.
November 21, 2014

Star Tribune: Study finds pertussis vaccine OK for pregnant women
Elyse Kharbanda, MD, was interviewed about a new study by the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research on pertussis vaccination safety for pregnant women.
November 11, 2014

October

The Business Journals: Health care executive asks: Is your company culture a ‘pump’ or a ‘drain’?
HealthPartners Senior Executive Calvin Allen explains how you can either pump your workplace with hope and energy, or drain the life out of the room.
October 23, 2014

Star Tribune: Genetic testing for Alzheimer’s chances carries risks of its own
Clinical director of HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, Michael Rosenbloom, MD, weighs in on genetic testing for Alzheimer’s and how accurate those tests are.
October 21, 2014

Sun This Week: HealthPartners celebrates 40 years of midwifery services
HealthPartners started midwifery services in 1974, and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Julie Manthe, a former patient, shares her experience with HealthPartners midwives.
October 16, 2014

September

Star Tribune: In reform effort, state hospital will give families a seat at the table
The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter is forming its first-ever family-advisory council, which was inspired by a similar program used at Regions Hospital. Gretchen Prohofsky, an allied health manager at Regions, discusses how the council helped design the new mental health facility in 2012.
September 29, 2014

TMC: HealthPartners private, Medicare plans ranked highest in Minnesota
According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, HealthPartners in the number one health plan in Minnesota, and ranks 26 out of 507 plans nationally.
September 19, 2014

Star Tribune: New Minnesota law pushes mental health system to a crisis point
A law known as the “48-hour rule,” requires inmates to be admitted into a psychiatric facility within 48 hours after being committed by a state judge. HealthPartners physician Michael Trangle, MD, discusses how the law affects both jails and emergency rooms.
September 14, 2014

Digital Journal: HealthPartners Launches Benefits for Me Private Exchange Solution With bswift Technology
Benefits for Me is new private exchange solution which allows employers to offer different health insurance plan options to their employees, who can now compare and choose the best plan for them.
September 11, 2014

TPT Almanac: Concussions report. Twin Cities schools, business panel
A new study shows that more than 3,000 high school students suffered sports-related concussions last year. HealthPartners physician Matthew Hofkens, MD, talks about what a concussion is, how it affects the brain and how to prevent it.
September 5, 2014

August

Minnesota Monthly: Pedal Minnesota and HealthPartners Bring Bike Tune-up Stations to the Twin Cities and St. Cloud
Minnesota is one of the country’s most bike–friendly states. HealthPartners teamed up with Pedal Minnesota to bring 10 permanent bike tune-up stations around popular trails.
August 27, 2014

KARE 11: How to keep cool at the fair
HealthPartners physician Bjorn Peterson, MD, offers tips on how to keep cool at the Minnesota State Fair this year.
August 21, 2014

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Best Places to Work: HealthPartners No. 1 large company
HealthPartners topped the list of Minneapolis St. Paul Businesses Journal’s Best Places to work for a large company.
August 15, 2014

Star Tribune: Regions Hospital launches new mental health program for veterans
Regions Hospital launched HeroCare – a mental health program offered to current and former service members and their families. HealthPartners physician John Kuzma, MD, was interviewed about the program and who it serves.
August 12, 2014

MinnPost: Local Emmy Award-winning TPT series aims to de-stigmatize mental illness
In partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and the Minnesota chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), HealthPartners won the 2014 Upper Midwest Chapter Board of Governor’s regional Emmy Award for the five-part documentary, “Make It OK: Facing Mental Illness.”
August 3, 2014

July

The Washington Post: Online medical clinic virtuwell now available in Virginia
Virginia residents with the flu — or about 50 other common ailments — can now receive their care online through virtuwell. Kevin Palattao, vice president of virtuwell, shares more about the online clinic and how it works.
July 13, 2014

WCCO: New Brain Injury Medication to be tested in Minn.
Regions Hospital will be participating in a national study to determine if a medication can improve outcomes for patients who experience a traumatic brain injury. Dr. Aaron Burnett, a HealthPartners physician at Regions Hospital, shares more about the study and what it hopes to accomplish.
July 8, 2014

Fox 9: Caffeine powder: Teen’s death triggers public concern
After a caffeine overdose caused the death of an 18-year-old boy, HealthPartners Toxicologist Dr. J.J. Rasimas is interviewed about the harmful effects of too much caffeine.
July 1, 2014

June

KARE 11: Keeping kids safe with car seats
A mother credits a car seat clinic with saving her daughter’s life. Regions Hospital injury prevention manager Shoneete Doggett, shares more about the free car seat clinics offered at Regions.
June 25, 2014

KARE 11: Minn. Woman contracts moquito virus in Haiti
A Minnesota woman visiting Haiti contracts chikungunya – a mosquito-borne virus that causes severe join pain. Dr. Pat Walker, director of HealthPartners travel medicine program, shares more about the virus and its symptoms.
June 17, 2014

Fox 9: The Father Factor: Children face more challenges without dad
With Fathers Day around the corner, Quanah Walker, a HealthPartners wellness coach, shares more about the impact fathers can have in the development of their kids.
June 12, 2014

May

KARE 11: Health officials offer tips for bicycling season
As people bring out their bikes for the summer, physical therapists from Regions hospital offer tips to prevent common bike injuries.
May 18, 2014

KARE 11: New procedures claim to freeze and melt fat
HealthPartners Cosmetics and Plastic Surgeons discuss a new non-invasive fat removal procedure called Vanquish.
May 16, 2014

Star Tribune: A new prescription: Eat your veggies
HealthPartners medical director Dr. Thomas Kottke discusses a pilot program that prescribes vegetables to kids in an effort to prevent childhood obesity.
May 12, 2014

April

Pioneer Press: St. Paul father, son rescued from burning apartment fire, treated by onsite ER team
Dr. Bjorn Peterson, medical director at Regions Hospital, talks about a training program that allowed him to save a little boys before an ambulance crew arrived.
April 25, 2014

Star Tribune: Sexually Transmitted diseases rose 10 percent in Minnesota last year
HealthPartners physician at Regions Hospital Dr. Andrew Zinkel discusses the growing trend in chlamydia and a public awareness campaign to encourage more testing.
April 16, 2014

St.Cloud Times: For Lommel, hospitals staffers no like family
Alyssa Lommel, former patient at the Regions Hospital Burn Center, shares her story of recovery after suggering from severe frostbite
April 12, 2014

March

Star Tribune: Quick test could spot Alzheimer’s, dementia earlier
A new tool being piloted at four HealthPartners Clinics could help detect cognitive problems in thousands of older patients who may have undetected Alzheimer’s disease or other neurological disorders.
March 16, 2014

MPR: New blood test predicts Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Michael Rosenbloom, director of HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, discussed what this test means for patients, families and future medical research.
March 13, 2014

KARE 11: Deadly and dangerous designer drugs
Regions Hospital toxicologist JoAn Laes sat down with KARE to explain what makes designer drugs like 2-C so dangerous.
March 12, 2014

Star Tribune: Does daylight saving time hurt your health?
HealthPartners sleep medicine physician Charlene McEvoy makes safety recommendations while people are adjusting to daylight savings time.
March 6, 2014

February

KARE 11: Tips to beat winter blues
HealthPartners Behavioral Health Wellness Coach John Birkland talks about tips to keep your spirits up during the winter months in Minnesota.
February 28, 2014

KARE 11: Lavender oil helps those with dementia sleep longer
Leah Hanson, director of research for HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, discusses a new study that shows lavender oil helps people with dementia sleep longer.
February 25, 2014

Anoka County Union: Old medical equipment finds new life at Anoka Tech
HealthPartners RiverWay Clinic donated used medical materials and equipment to Anoka Technical College when they moved into their new facility.
February 25, 2014

Star Tribune: Heavy snow taking its toll with injuries
HealthPartners physician at Regions Hospital Dr. Sean Boley discusses the injuries the hospital is seeing related to the latest snow storm.
February 21, 2014

KARE 11: Milk with more fat may help you stay thin
HealthPartners cardiologist Dr. Thomas Kottke talks about the health benefits of drinking skim milk as opposed to whole milk.
February 18, 2014

Brainerd Daily Dispatch: HealthPartners and Essentia Health collaborate to promote use of virtuwell.com
Essentia Health will encourage its employees and patients to consider using HealthPartners virtuwell when seeking treatment for everyday illnesses.
February 17, 2014

Star Tribune: Sports culture fuels orthopedics boom
Mayo’s latest venture into the Twin Cities market will intensify competition in a community where TRIA, Twin Cities Orthopedics, Summit Orthopedics, the University of Minnesota and St. Croix are among the major players.
February 9, 2014

Star Tribune: Twin Cities light-rail Green Line will connect college students to health care jobs
HealthPartners joins college fellowship program that was inspired by the expansion of the light-rail Green line allowing Twin Cities students to have job opportunities at the cities large healthcare companies.
February 6, 2014

January

Star Tribune: The skinny on three fast fitness workouts
HealthPartners cardiologist Dr. Thomas Kottke warns that high-intensity exercise has been linked to sudden death. He recommends having a supervised exercise test before attempting such a short, intense workout.
January 8, 2014

WCCO: Frostbite expert offers tips for dealing with ‘Polar Vortex’
Dr. Bill Mohr, co-director of the burn center at Regions Hospital, offers tips for dealing with the extreme winter temperatures in Minnesota.
January 6, 2014

The Washington Post: Amid the brutal cold, ‘just another day’ in Minnesota
All eight intensive-care beds in Regions Hospital’s Burn Center were filled with patients who had suffered severe frostbite-related injuries during recent cold spells.
January 6, 2014

Star Tribune: A medical-testing lesson from Minnesota: Less can be more
HealthPartners medical director Dr. Pat Courneya comments on Minnesota’s “decision support” strategy, which created a single set of standards for doctors to follow in deciding when patients need costly medical-imaging scans.
January 6, 2014

Star Tribune: The Drive: How to get around during the polar plunge
Dr. Bjorn Peterson, a HealthPartners physician at Regions Hospital, discusses the proper clothing to wear on the morning drive when temperatures are below zero.
January 4, 2014

Methodist Hospital’s $11M birth center renovation adds water-delivery suites and amenities to boost traffic
Park Nicollet Health Services’ Methodist Hospital is close to wrapping up an $11 million renovation of its birth center.
January 2, 2014

Star Tribune: Wis. snowboarder meets heroes who saved his life at Afton Alps
After going into cardiac arrest at Afton Alps while in line for a ski lift, 17-year-old Dan Mannon was saved by the quick actions of three men.
January 1, 2014

December

Business Journal: HealthPartners affiliates with another Wis. medical group
HealthPartners resumed its expansion into western Wisconsin Monday, announcing it will affiliate with Amery Regional Medical Center effective Jan. 1.
December 30, 2013

Stillwater Gazette: 'Big and Loud' gets Parkinson's patients moving
An outpatient program at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater aims to help patients with Parkinson’s disease reach their goals and get back to doing what they love after their diagnosis.
December 29, 2013

Plymouth Sun Sailor: Plymouth’s leading ladies of music therapy
Three women from Plymouth, with decades of experience between them, have become leaders in a fast-growing and intriguing field of music therapy.
December 24, 2013

Stillwater Gazette: Lakeview Hospital EMS honored
The 39 members of Lakeview Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service team recently received the HealthPartners President’s Award for going above and beyond to improve the health of members, patients and the community.
December 19, 2013

The Hugo Citizen: Avoid dreaded holiday weight gain
Food and fitness seem to be top of mind this time of year, whether you’re trying to avoid holiday weight gain or are looking ahead to your New Year’s resolutions.
December 20, 2013

KARE 11: FDA approves magnetic device to treat migraines
HealthPartners neurologist Dr. Bret Haake talks about a new, drug-free treatment for migraines with auras.
December 17, 2013

Med City News: Iowa + Nebraska co-op brings more competition to insurance market with few options
CoOportunity Health, a nonprofit health insurance cooperative based in Des Moines, Iowa, has had a front-row seat to the ups and downs of healthcare.gov.
December 7, 2013

WCCO: What is frostbite and how do we treat it?
Cold temperatures and freezing wind chills are marking an early arrival for winter.
December 5, 2013

November

Star Tribune: The housing-health connection
At a fundraising luncheon for Hearth & Hope: Women of Habitat, HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd explained that housing and health are powerfully linked. November 22, 2013

Pioneer Press: Regions Burn Center celebrates 50 years and improved care of victims
Opened 50 years ago in 1963, the Burn Center at what's now known as Regions Hospital has led the way in developing new treatments and practices.
November 13, 2013

Star Tribune: Program sheds light on mental illness issues
News that insurance coverage of mental illnesses must be equal to coverage of any other health care challenge is heartening, wise and a long time coming. Now the real work begins.
November 13, 2013

MPR: Minn. MDs, researchers favor new statin guidelines
Tom Kottke, MD, HealthPartners medical director for population health talks about the new guidelines regarding cholesterol treatment.
November 14, 2013

Star Tribune: Tekne Awards go to 15 Minnesota organizations
The Minnesota High Tech Association honored 15 organizations—including virtuwell by HealthPartners—for their innovation and technological breakthroughs.
November 6, 2013

MinnPost: Will we ever 'Make it OK'? Mental-health providers and advocates are giving it a shot
HealthPartners, Regions Hospital, NAMI MN, Twin Cities Public Television and others have launched a public-awareness campaign aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illnesses.
November 6, 2013

Star Tribune: Responders recognized in rescue of St. Paul boy after train accident
Regions Hospital recognized the St. Paul police officer and Fire Department medics who help save the life of a St. Paul boy involved in a train accident.
November 1, 2013

October

Fox 9: Thank you, goodbye to canine comfort squad
Former patients and family members thank HealthPartners Pet Therapy volunteers Dave Kettering and his dog Sasha for their years comforting the sick and dying in Minnesota.
October 31, 2013

WCCO: Doctor addresses childhood obesity and Halloween candy
Dr. Nancy Sherwood, research investigator for Health Partners and the University of Minnesota, gives advice on how to talk to your kids about weight issues.
Oct. 30, 2013

Star Tribune: An old-fashioned treatment worth its salt?
Charlene McEvoy, MD, pulmonologist and head of the Asthma Center at HealthPartners comments on salt therapy, a homeopathic remedy meant to help respiratory problems.
October 24, 2013

Fox 9: New research points to cure for Alzheimer’s
Michael Rosenbloom, MD, part of HealthPartners Center for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care, discusses a major turning point in Alzheimer’s research with a new drug that may stop the progressive death of neurons in the brain.
October 15, 2013

MSP Business Journal: Regions Hospital buys St. Paul motel next door
Regions Hospital has bought the 51-room Economy Inn that sits next to one of its parking ramps, a deal that could lay the groundwork for a future hospital expansion.
October 3, 2013

September

Star Tribune: Affordable Care Act is already slowing cost increases
Andrea Walsh, the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of HealthPartners, comments on what is happening to health care costs.
September 21, 2013

Star Tribune: 11 tests and procedures you don’t want...
Tom Kottke, MD, cardiologist and HealthPartners executive, helped select the 11 tests and procedures that American medical associations have concluded are wasting money and putting patients at risk.
September 19, 2013

August

Pioneer Press: As heat wave hovers, Twin Cities prepares
Aaron Burnett, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Regions Hospital, discusses the heat risks and medical aid stations at the Fair.
August 24, 2013

Star Tribune: State Fairgoers keep cool as heat wave approaches
Regions Hospital provides Minnesota State Fair with medical responders and ambulances on site in anticipation of a spike in heat-related medical incidents.
August 24, 2013

MSP Business Journal: HealthPartners expanding its largest clinic
HealthPartners began the expansion of its largest primary clinic in Woodbury. HealthPartners plans to offer additional urgent care and OB/GYN services at the clinic once construction wraps up next year.
August 23, 2013

MSP Business Journal: Park Nicollet expands to Maple Grove
Park Nicollet Health Services opened a specialty care center in Maple Grove. The new center will offer specialty care services such as oncology, cardiology and gastroenterology.
August 14, 2013

MSP Business Journal: HealthPartners to offer private health exchange for employers
HealthPartners will launch a private health-insurance exchange product for businesses. Employers who sign up for the private exchange, called Plan for Me, can decide how much money they want to give each employee to buy health insurance.
August 14, 2013

Star Tribune: HealthPartners program makes house calls to treat fractures in elderly
Julie Switzer, MD, director of HealthPartners Geriatric Orthopedic Trauma Program discusses the successful home-visit program that sends specialists to nursing homes to treat orthopedic injuries.
August 3, 2013

July

Fox 9: 5 Tips to beat the heat
Dr. Rob LeFevre from Regions Hospital in St. Paul gives M.A. Rosko tips to beat the heat as summer temperatures climb.
July 17, 2013

Pioneer Press: On high-risk July 4 holiday, steer clear of crashes and burns
Michael McGonigal, MD, director of trauma services at Regions Hospital, talks about firework injuries in the emergency room.
July 3, 2013

MPR: Study: Blood pressure management better with home, pharmacy intervention
Karen Margolis, MD, with HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, talks about her study on blood pressure management published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
July 2, 2013

Star Tribune: New blood pressure treatments emerging
A study conducted by HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research showed that telemonitoring and phone visits from a pharmacist helped patients control their high blood pressure.
July 2, 2013

June

Star Tribune: Chronic pain patients wary of pill changes
Patrick Courneya, medical director of HealthPartners health plans, discusses how prescribing painkillers for chronic pain can have negative effects for some individuals.
June 22, 2013

Star Tribune: Derek Boogaard’s death shows how easily patients can get addictive pain pills
Patrick Courneya, medical director of HealthPartners health plans, discusses HealthPartners’ approach to addressing the misuse of prescription drugs.
June 17, 2013

Star Tribune Editorial: Minnesota initiative is a model for mental illness dialogue
The Star Tribune thanked HealthPartners and NAMI Minnesota for their work on the ‘Make it OK’ campaign, helping to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses.
June 12, 2013

Angie’s List Magazine: Como Park doctors build long-lasting relationships
Teresa Kovarik, MD, of HealthPartners Como Clinic was selected as the ‘Featured Top Pediatrician’ by Angie’s List Magazine.
June 7, 2013

May

Star Tribune: Hospitals fight delirium with volunteer help
Park Nicollet’s Methodist Hospital was the first in Minnesota to adopt the Hospital Elder Life Program, which enlists volunteers to visit with elderly patients.
May 17, 2013

WCCO Good Question: Why do we remember some things and forget others?
HealthPartners Neurologist Michael Rosenbloom, MD, talks to Jason DeRusha about how our memory works.
May 7, 2013

Fox 9 News: Downing diabetes damage
President and CEO Mary Brainard talked about how her personal experience with breast cancer helped move HealthPartners toward a systematic, team-based approach to care.
May 6, 2013

Pioneer Press: Stillwater kindergartners get down! And get fit.
Students in Stillwater attempt to beat the Guinness World Record while doing the Cha Cha slide at Lakeview Health’s PowerUp the valley kickoff event.
May 1,2013

April

Fox 9 News: Solar-powered tune-up stations for cyclists debut in metro
HealthPartners and PedalMN partner to offer free bicycle tune-up stations throughout the Twin Cities this summer.
April 30,2013

Wall Street Journal: To motivate patients to change, doctors stop scolding
Nico Pronk, HealthPartners vice president of health management, discusses how employer incentives can help motivate individuals to make healthy lifestyle changes.
April 29,2013

March

MSP Business Journal: Q&A- Regions Hospital’s Brock Nelson
President and CEO of Regions Hospital, Brock Nelson, discusses hospital news with reporter Katharine Grayson.
March 29, 2013

Star Tribune: Minnesota dentist returns to Ugandan roots
HealthPartners pediatric dentist, Paul Musherure, has travelled to Uganda for ten years to help HIV-infected children with their dental health.
March 29, 2013

WCCO-TV: Test may help runners sidestep injury this spring
Regions Hospital physical therapist, Dawn Alstatt, discusses Regions Hospital’s Running Injury-Free program.
March 27, 2013

MSP Business Journal: Want workers to eat more veggies? Slash salad bar prices, HealthPartners finds
When HealthPartners discounted salad bar prices at their Bloomington building for one month, employees increased their consumption of leafy greens by 366 percent.
March 11, 2013

MSP Business Journal: Regions Hospital plans $4.2M expansion of cancer care center
HealthPartners will spend $4.2 million to remodel and expand its cancer care center at Regions Hospital. The new center will feature six additional infusion chairs, mostly in private areas.
March 11, 2013

Star Tribune: Mayo Clinic tests do-it-yourself prenatal care
Mayo Clinic is experimenting with a new form of prenatal care, one that utilizes technology and smart phone apps to connect patients and their doctors.
March 9, 2013

February

Pioneer Press: HealthPartners physicians rescue victim inside burning building
R.J. Frascone, MD, and Bjorn Peterson, MD, were honored by the St. Paul Fire Department for their selfless action and medical direction which helped save the life of a 17-year-old girl.
February 26, 2013

The New York Times: Visiting the Doctor, Virtually
The New York Times reports on the low costs and high levels of patient satisfaction with virtuwell, according to a recent case study.
February 13, 2013

Star Tribune: Clinic planned at Stillwater High could mean big savings for the district
HealthPartners will help manage the new clinic inside Stillwater High School which aims to battle increased insurance rates and create a convenient way to receive routine care.
February 8, 2013

WCCO: Vonn’s injury an example of women’s increased risk of ACL issues
Jonathan Cooper, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at HealthPartners, says women have an eight to ten times increased chance of tearing their ACL.
February 5, 2013

January

Minnesota Medicine: Have geriatric patients stay put
Minnesota Medicine discusses with HealthPartners' geriatrics division co-directors how keeping patients at their geriatric facilities for check-ups is the right thing to do.
January 2013

Detroit Free Press: New online medical service might save Michiganders time, money
Officials of Minnesota-based www.virtuwell.com say their online clinic can save time and money — not to mention a trip to a germy, crowded waiting room.
January 21, 2013

Star Tribune: Sneeze, cough and consult Dr. Google
Dr. Pat Courneya, medical director of Health Partners Health Plan, talks about how virtuwell was developed to meet online demand.
January 21, 2013

WCCO: Frostbite and hypothermia risk high as temperatures dip
Dr. Aaron Burnett, an emergency physician at HealthPartners, states how most people can detect the painful sensations associated with frostbite.
January 20, 2013

WCCO: Flu spreads when sick people go to work
Dr. Beth Averbeck, who practices internal medicine at HealthPartners, discusses how going to work while contagious is one of the major reasons why influenza spreads so fast.
January 11, 2013

WCCO Good Question: What are the most popular diets?
Dr. Tom Kottke, a cardiologist with HealthPartners, helped answer Jason DeRusha’s question about the most popular fad diets.
January 2, 2013

FOX9: Doc discusses BMI report
Dr. Tom Kottke, a cardiologist with HealthPartners, talks about a report claiming extra weight may not be unhealthy.
January 2, 2013

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