HealthPartners has been making headlines in several local and national media outlets.
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
KSTP: Regions Hospital Announces 2013’s Top Baby Names
Isabella and Jayden were the most popular names for baby girls and boys born at the Regions Hospital Birth Center in 2013 according to nurses.
December 31, 2013
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
KSTP: Dietician stops by the studio to give holiday eating tips
Ashley Oswald, a dietician at Regions Hospital, stopped by the studio to give some tips on how to maintain a healthy diet over the holiday season.
December 8, 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
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
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
KARE 11: Survey compares Twin Cities grocery and eyewear stores
HealthPartners Optical shops are featured in a new consumer report that says HealthPartners offers the best deals for eyeglasses in the Twin Cities.
October 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
KSTP: 3 women who work at Regions Hospital gave birth on same day
While a baby’s birth doesn’t usually make the news, their mothers’ connection is the reason the story is unique.
Oct. 23, 2013
KARE 11: New CPR device helps save lives
R.J. Frascone, MD, medical director for Regions Hospital emergency medical services, and Johannes Brechtken, MD, a HealthPartners interventional cardiologist at Regions, talk about the LUCAS mechanical CPR device.
October 17, 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
KARE 11: Patient of lesser-known form of dementia raises awareness
Michael Rosenbloom, MD, behavioral neurologist with HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging discusses Frontotemporal Degeneration and how it affects behavior.
October 8, 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
KARE 11: Thousands walk to draw attention to mental illness
The seventh annual 5K NAMIWalks at Minnehaha Falls Park drew 4,000 walkers and 200 teams including teams from HealthPartners, Park Nicollet and Regions Hospital.
September 29, 2013
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
KARE 11: Regions, Red Cross reducing blood transfusions
Regions Hospital in Saint Paul and the American Red Cross are partnering to prevent unnecessary blood transfusions while keeping patient safety a top priority.
Sept. 17, 2013
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
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
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
Kare 11: St. Paul jump roping program even healthier
HealthPartners sponsors the Jump Jam Double Dutch program, a ten-week challenge that teaches children and adults about jump roping and how it’s good for their cardiovascular health.
June 19, 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Hudsonpatch.com: Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway gets warm reception in Packer country
Chad Greenway visited Hudson Hospital to launch his “Chad’s Locker” program which provides computers, video games and iPads to patients and families.
March 21, 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
Hudson Star Observer: St. Croix EMS, a pacesetter in heart attack response
Patients get to the hospital sooner with St. Croix EMS’s Advanced Life Support service. EMS personnel diagnose heart attacks with this program, which allows the ambulance to go straight to the hospital.
March 8, 2013
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
Twin Cities Live: Be Well with TCL — pet therapy
Patients at Regions Hospital are healing with the help of man’s best friend. Chili, a pet therapy dog at Regions Hospital, visits his friend and patient, Ashlea.
February 25, 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
WSBT-TV: Hey Michigan! Virtuwell is in the building
WSBT-TV’s Kristin Bien discusses how virtuwell can help patients in Michigan.
January 25, 2013
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.
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
KSTP-TV: Students return to dorm life and flu risks
Dr. Ian Kenning from HealthPartners says dorm rooms are ideal for transmission of the flu virus.
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
KARE 11: Flu season on track to be highest since H1N1 outbreak
Judy Kuczenski, a family practice nurse practitioner with HealthPartners says in recent weeks nearly half of the people she treats had symptoms of the flu.
January 2, 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