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HealthPartners has been making headlines in several local and national media outlets.


Pioneer Press: Q&A: HealthPartners’ CEO Mary Brainerd on medical costs, and community health
Mary Brainerd, president and chief executive officer for HealthPartners, sits down with the Pioneer Press to discuss topics ranging from the health care market to how she makes decisions as the leader of a large nonprofit corporation.
October 31, 2015

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


StarTribune: Women are the target of a new medical boom in Minnesota
Beth Averbeck, MD, associate medical director for primary care at HealthPartners, and Andrea Winter, senior director of women’s services at Park Nicollet, discuss HealthPartners Center for Women and the importance of offering primary care for women in one location.
September 27, 2015

StarTribune: With quick clinics, online care providers give convenience a try
HealthPartners is featured for its online convenience clinic,, in a story about trends in convenience care to provide patients with quicker access to care and treatment of simple conditions.
September 26, 2015

Pioneer Press: Regions Hospital auction nets $50K for bottle of queen’s whisky
Keevan Kosidowski, executive director of the Regions Hospital Foundation, and Sarah Bazey, co-chair for the Regions Hospital Foundation’s Wine Auction, announce that the first bottle of Queen Elizabeth’s whisky sold for $50,000, which will benefit the Regions Hospital Burn Center.
September 23, 2015

The Hill: How Screening for depression at doctor’s office might help save a life
Karen Lloyd, PhD, senior director of behavioral health and resilience at HealthPartners, co-authored an article discussing the importance of screening for depression, and how HealthPartners enforces screening in their clinics and hospitals.
September 15, 2015

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.


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


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

KARE11: 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

KARE11: 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


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


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


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


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


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


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

KSTP: ‘Pregorexia’ and ‘Mommyrexia’, a Real Problem
Andrea Zuellig, PhD, psychologist at Park Nicollet’s Melrose Center, was interviewed about eating disorders among pregnant women.
January 29, 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

KSTP: New Regions Hospital helipad moves to roof, accommodates two helicopters
Regions Hospital’s President and CEO Megan Remark shares more about the hospital’s new helipad—the first in the Twin Cities to accommodate two helicopters.
January 15, 2015

FOX: Minnesota Doctors Call Attention to Frostbite
William Mohr, MD, medical director of Regions Hospital’s Burn Center, was interviewed about preventing and treating frostbite.
January 9, 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