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partners for pregnancyBaby talk: expecting moms prepare for childbirth

Expecting parents can take part in group prenatal visits, offering education and social support.

Nico PronkWorking to improve workplace health

HealthPartners works to improve workplace health.

free bags of veggiesFree veggies for all!

Five HealthPartners/RiverWay Clinics will be giving away free vegetables to the community from August 20-22.

pat courneyaHealthPartners endorses a better way to pay for care

At the request of leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, HealthPartners Medical Director Pat Courneya, MD, testified in favor of a new, bi-partisan approach to Medicare’s physician payment policy.

video still of man runningRunning: learn to put your best foot forward

Are you a runner or thinking about starting? Check out the Run Injury-Free Seminar for tips and tricks to keep your running strong and injury-free.

new mental health facilityNew mental health facility leads to more compassionate care

Regions Hospital opened a new mental health building in December 2012 that is designed to provide more dignified and effective care for patients.

yumpower school assemblyyumPower School Challenge makes a 16 ton difference

HealthPartners yumPower encourages kids to eat healthier by tracking the number of fruits and veggies they eat each week.

Mental health tour with Representative KennedyPatrick Kennedy tours new mental health facility

Former U.S. Representative gave accolades to Regions Hospital’s new facility and care model.

compost binsBringing sustainability to the hospital cafeteria

HealthPartners Hudson Hospital is serving locally grown, fresh produce to patients, visitors and staff as part of a commitment to a healthier environment.

regions surgeonsRegions Hospital’s patient safety earns top marks

HealthPartners Regions Hospital took home an "A" in the recent hospital safety report card put out by The Leapfrog Group.

senior man and doctorDIAMOND program receives innovation award

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will provide funding to expand this collaborative care model for patients with depression.

Garden in a BoxyumPower vegetable gardens sprout across Minnesota

This summer, hundreds of families will get to try their hand at gardening—many for the first time— thanks to HealthPartners yumPower and Garden-in-a-Box.

Dr. FreyPromising treatment for Alzheimer’s discovered

In the 14 years since Dr. William Frey received a patent for the intranasal treatment of brain disorders, interest in his discoveries has grown dramatically.

friends bikingHealthPartners sponsors biking campaign

HealthPartners and PedalMN are teaming up to make Minnesota the best state for biking.

lisa smithNurse, wife, mother finds healing for depression

After struggling with depression for many years, Lisa Smith finally got the help she needed at Regions Hospital.

oven fries photographFive tips for curbing your cravings

Cravings for sweet or salty foods can make eating better tough, but with these tips, you can satisfy your taste buds without the guilt.

logoA year in, anti-stigma work is making a difference

A community campaign to reduce stigma is spreading a powerful message about how we talk about mental illnesses.

treadmill runningRunning Injuries: what you (k)need to know

Knee injuries are the most common form of running pain or injury and are often the result of over striding, uneven hip alignment or poor form.

vegetable quinoaLove your vegetables

Celebrity chef and yumPower spokesperson Andrew Zimmern says that veggies aren’t really that scary after all.

Man experiencing back painNine tips to help you say goodbye to back pain

Nearly 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives—if you’re one of them, here are some tips to get you back on track.

PNBC Challenge CrewBuilding a healthy lifestyle one point at a time

Weight loss goals often go unmet, but a group of PNBC employees (and their trusty coach) are trying to make sure that doesn't happen.

Running away from injuries

Running is one of the fastest growing recreational activities, but more than half of runners will run into injury in the upcoming year.

Getting to the heart of patient-centered care

Feeling frustrated and out of options, one St. Cloud family took a leap of faith with Regions Hospital and found just the care they were looking for.

hanging IVWiping out hospital-acquired bloodstream infections

Regions Hospital began its mission to eliminate CLABSIs in 2005. The rate quickly dropped by 50 percent, and that was just the beginning.

Resident at Regions HospitalRegions program helps prevent deadly infections

A pilot program, which began in the Regions Hospital ER, is being implemented hospital-wide to further increase the number of lived saved.

cardiac rehab patient Paul PecilunasLearning to live healthy with heart disease

Regions Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program changed Paul Peciluna’s life. Now he is encouraging others to follow his example.

yumPower school challenge assemblyyumPower challenges kids to eat right

In January, HealthPartners launched a school challenge pilot program to get kids to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Living Well promoNew workbook gives strategies to fight memory loss

Although there are no known treatments to slow or reverse Alzheimer’s, there are therapies that can reduce its impact on daily life.

Patient in hospital bedNew prevention program reduces hospital bed sores

At Regions Hospital, bedsores are becoming significantly less common thanks to an aggressive prevention program and a team approach.

healthy fruit thumbNew Year’s Resolutions made easy

Skip the gym, eat more yogurt and other helpful tips from HealthPartners to feel your best in 2012.

outdoor activityWalking in a winter wonderland

Don’t let a little snow and cold foil your fitness routine. Walking is a great way to stay active—even in the winter.

girl with snowballDebate continues over vitamin D

Winter days are short and gray, which can make vitamin D, an essential nutrient for bone health, hard to come by.

ER resident trainingResidency program fills a need in a growing field

Regions Hospital is creating a residency program that’s not only the first of its kind in Minnesota; it’s also a reflection of the current economic climate.

person shoveling snowAvoid the aches and pains of shoveling snow

The rehabilitation specialists at Physicians Neck & Back Clinics share tips to reduce your risk for injury this winter.

acute care service Dr. CollinsAcute Care Service eases the pain of an ER visit

Regions recently instituted Acute Care Service, meaning that every day there are surgeons dedicated to serve patients with non-traumatic, unexpected problems.

LogoBattling Biases

A hospital campaign takes aim at the stigma of mental illnesses
By Michael Trangle, MD

surgi bearsStuffed bears comfort kids at Hudson Hospital

Surgery and recovery can be difficult, but a special gift for young patients at Hudson Hospital is helping ease their anxiety and light up their faces.

chiropractic careIntegrated care has a big impact on patients

Not only does the HealthPartners system deliver quality care, but the efficiency makes the healing process less stressful.

Eagan clinicMore privacy, less time waiting at Eagan Clinic

The Eagan clinic, which opened Oct. 17, showcases HealthPartners work to redesign primary care.

wine bottlesWine auction to benefit new mental health program

Each year, more than 1,000 members of the community raise their glasses to support new or improved health care options.

yumPower bags filled with vegetablesyumPower movement is all about eating better

Eating more fruits and vegetables, getting regular exercise, drinking in moderation and quitting smoking all play a big role in health and health care costs.

Dr. Michael Trangle providing consultationImproving lifespan for people with mental illnesses

In Minnesota, the lifespan for adults living with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is 24 years shorter than the general population.

same day mammograph appointment cardSame-day mammograms are saving lives

In the four years since the same-day mammography program at HealthPartners clinics began, thousands of eligible women have been screened for breast cancer.

EBAN logoImproving care for diverse communities

More than one-third of people in the U.S. identify themselves as racial and ethnic minorities.

Leah Hanson, codirector of the Alzheimer's Research CenterProject tracks memory changes in aging adults

The Minnesota Memory Project is a first of its kind registry to track and collect information on memory changes in aging adults.

diabetes monitorTeam approach to diabetes care puts patients first

Feeling down after his recent diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, one patient found that the simple act of being heard made all the difference.

HealthPartners travel clinic interior showing a map of the worldHealthPartners Travel Clinic has a global reach

There are six billion people in the world and 700 million of them are traveling every year.

Regions Hospital music therapy participantsHaitian patient gives and receives musical gift

When 19-year-old Schneider Chery came to Regions Hospital from Haiti for a crucial operation, he was anxious, depressed and had been fighting pneumonia for four years.

Petey wears a military helmetCommitment to the community extends overseas

Sandy Holien, a medical lab technician at HealthPartners Bloomington Clinic demonstrates that HealthPartners commitment to the health of our community can be extended overseas.

senior couple engaged in advanced care planningAdvanced care planning is about honoring choices

Talking about our preferences and values for what health care treatments we want or don’t want before a serious health crisis can be a difficult conversation to have with family.

watermelonSteps to avoid tipping the scale at the State Fair

With deep fried cuisine on every corner and endless variations of food on a stick, eating healthy at the State Fair is no easy task.

Doctors perform Alzheimer's researchAlzheimer’s Research Center looks for a cure

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.4 million Americans. The typical Alzheimer's patient lives about four to eight years after diagnosis, and there is no treatment or cure for the disease.

veggies on a cutting boardGrow your farmers market knowledge

Minnesota is lucky to be home to more than 140 farmers markets around the state and 25 markets within 10 miles of the metro area.

a young child and an adult select books

Midway Clinic makes a promise to the neighborhood

Improving the health of the community is part of HealthPartners mission, and a few staff members at the Midway Clinic in Saint Paul have been working toward that right in their backyard.

Habitat for Humanity participants

Employees link housing and health at Habitat build

From veterans and victims of domestic violence to young workers earning minimum wage and retirees living on fixed incomes, homelessness can affect anyone at any given time.

athlete drinking water

Athletes: Be wary of heat exhaustion warning signs

This August marks the 10-year anniversary of the death of Minnesota Vikings football player Korey Stringer, who died of complications caused by heat stroke.

football concussion

New concussion law aims to protect young athletes

This fall, Minnesota will join a growing number of states that are treating concussions more seriously.

Visa Championship Participants

Sports Medicine is all about being flexible

Flexibility is imperative in Sports Medicine, and Heather Cichanowski, MD, bends over backward for her patients.

Woman gardening

Calcium: Too much of a good thing could be bad

Everyone knows the importance of calcium to women’s health. In fact the National Institutes of Health recommend that women over 50 consume 1,200 mg daily.

Woman Sleeping

Sleep tight and don’t let the tomales bite

Do you get a good night’s sleep? If you don’t, you might wonder why.

Physicians Neck and Back Clinics interior

PNBC patient gets back in the swing of things

Andy Rollwagen, 56, had an active lifestyle. He enjoyed golf, tennis and skiing, and he wasn’t about to let some random bouts of lower back pain get in his way.

Depression Care

HealthPartners makes depression care a priority

Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and affects more than 15 million adults every year.

regions mental health facility

Building a new future for mental health

In Minnesota, one in five people experience mental illness directly and countless others feel the effects. Regions Hospital is one of the largest providers of mental health care in Minnesota and recently broke ground on a new state-of-the-art, inpatient mental health facility.

Soldiers' Health

Caring for our returning military

Amid the joyous celebrations of a military homecoming, many soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face challenges integrating back to life at home.

Mary Brainerd

MN Business Hall of Fame inducts HealthPartners CEO

Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners president and CEO, will be joining the ranks of Minnesota greats Elmer L. Andersen and Carl Pohlad when she’s inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame this July.

Canoe Safety

Fourth of July safety tips from ER docs

Every year the emergency room doctors at Regions Hospital see a spike in injuries around this summer holiday, but they have a few simple tips to help you stay safe over the holiday weekend.

Burger and Fries

Avoid the extra pounds this Fourth of July

Although it’s no surprise that some barbecue favorites are not the best for your waistline, HealthPartners health coach Heidi Schmidt has easy and tasty tips for a healthier holiday weekend.

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Regions Hospital taking steps to fight stigma

Mental illnesses are diseases that can be treated and often times cured, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek help from a health professional.

recovering burn victim at birthday party

Burn Center staff brings birthday party to Regions

Elaina Dupris' family and friends couldn't be at her 17th birthday party June 10, so staff at the Regions Hospital Burn Center stepped in. They threw a party that included pizza, cupcakes and, of course, presents.

my green plate site logo

The USDA Food Guide Pyramid is ancient history

The USDA Food Guide Pyramid has officially been retired and replaced with MyPlate. Many people, including Regions Hospital dietitian Sina Teskey, are excited and are encouraging others to embrace this dietary makeover.

virtuwell.com homepage screenshot

Web service offers treatment for summer ailments

Nothing can ruin a weekend at the cabin or a family vacation faster than an unexpected illness, but a new website is giving sick while away from home a dose of convenience.

HealthPartners Employees Walking

Walking the talk on health

Studies show that employees who are active and healthy are more productive at work, have fewer sick days and feel less stress.

 

Sleep Apnea Consultation

Millions of people losing sleep over not sleeping

One study estimates the direct cost of sleep disorders in the United States to be almost $16 billion, with related accidents costing billions more.

ortho bike training

Pedal power—bike without injury this summer

With summer just around the corner, people are pulling their bikes out of storage and hitting the trails. But biking isn’t always a ride in the park.

the time out towel

Regions takes a Time Out for Secretary Sebelius

In a hospital filled with state-of-the-art equipment, it’s hard to imagine something as simple as a cloth towel saving lives.

a patient has his blood pressure checked

Diabetes program improves health and lowers costs

HealthPartners is a national leader in helping people deal with diabetes, a disease found in nearly one out of every 12 Americans, including more than 30,000 HealthPartners members.

ct scan

A hopeful pathway for lung cancer patients

People who have lung cancer want to have one focus: getting better. So the fewer side issues they have to deal with, the more they can concentrate on their health.

dentist and patient

HealthPartners dentists offer new approach to care

Most people don’t consider going to the dentist a life-changing experience, but for two recent patients, it was. Credit the HealthPartners Dental Group’s unique approach to looking at the overall health of our patients.

regions hospital

Medical education trains health care professionals

In Minnesota there are six major "teaching hospitals" or "academic medical centers" whose mission goes beyond patient care. They are training sites for the next generation of health care professionals. Regions Hospital is one of those six.

Peg Palmer and Matthew Palmer

Mother and son on a mission

There is a special bond that exists between a mother and her child. For Peg Palmer, a nurse in the Regions Hospital Special Care Nursery, the bond with her son was strengthened as they worked side-by-side in the Dominican Republic.

Sanga

Employee starts secondary school in Tanzania

Sanga is now a principal application developer at HealthPartners. He has a master’s degree in software engineering, a wife and two sons, but he wanted to give something back.

helments save lives

Trauma physicians urge bicycle helmet use

Warmer weather and the arrival of spring means children will be hopping on their bikes soon and saying goodbye to the hibernation winter often brings.

dementia sufferer

For many patients, antipsychotic drugs not needed

In 2010, the HealthPartners geriatrics team implemented a plan to reduce use of these drugs for patients in long term care with the principal diagnosis of dementia.

dr in haiti

Residents combine education and disaster relief

Two resident physicians at Regions Hospital traveled to Haiti and volunteered their services at small, overcrowded hospitals.

dr griffin with patient

Doctor travels to Nicaragua to help children

In February 2011, David Griffin, MD, an associate medical director with HealthPartners Medical Group, his wife, and a handful of pediatric residents and nurses returned from a mission trip to Nicaragua.

smoker butting out

Researcher finds one more strike against smoking

A new study has found breast cancer risk increased by nine to sixteen percent.

Nancy Sherwood with Children

Tackling childhood obesity before it takes hold

Most people agree that the rates of childhood obesity are overwhelming. In 2008, 19.6 percent of children ages 6 to 11 were considered obese, which is an increase from 6.5 percent in 1980. An additional 15 percent of children are considered overweight.

Dr Carl Patow Headshot

Carl Patow honored with Courage to Lead award

This award, given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, acknowledges the leadership and commitment of leaders who foster an excellent educational environment for resident education.

Mental health professional with patient

HealthPartners a leader in mental health services

Mental health affects everyone from every walk of life. About one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year.

Photograph of Nurse with Child

Sufferers of chronic back pain find relief

Nearly two-thirds of all adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. Those who experience chronic pain — pain that persists for more than six weeks — aren’t automatically headed for back surgery.

Reducing infections in the hospital

The last place you’d think about getting sick is in the hospital. However, patients can develop infections from certain therapies – especially those provided in intensive care units. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.7 million infections contribute to 99,000 deaths in hospitals each year.

Photograph of Exercise Facility

Regions equipped to handle most serious trauma

Regions Hospital is a designated Level 1 Trauma Center for Adults, and -- in partnership -- with Gillette Children’s Hospital, is the only Level I Trauma Center for Children in the Twin Cities.

Aging population means changing workforce needs

This year will be an especially significant one when it comes to health care and not just because of the federal reforms that take effect. In 2011, the first of the baby boomers turn 65.

Birth center gets mom and baby off to a great start

Every year, more than 2,300 babies begin their lives in the comfort of the Regions Hospital Birth Center. Of course those tiny bundles of joy have no idea that they’re already getting a head start because of the place their mother chose to give birth.