Night Read (Minnesota): Emergency treatment center to compete with Woodwinds hospital in Woodbury

The group practice has been planning a standalone treatment center for three years, but targeted the east metro suburb after failing to negotiate a contract to staff the Woodwinds ER.

Here are some news/notes from a day in MedCity, Minnesota:

A group of Twin Cities emergency physicians plans to open a standalone emergency treatment center in Woodbury — hoping to provide faster, cheaper care than the Woodwinds hospital ER a mile away, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. While patients with severe trauma or acute strokes would still need traditional emergency rooms, Minnetonka-based Emergency Physicians PA estimates that its facility could handle 80 percent of typical ER visits.

Some leading hospitals are reporting failure rates for Medtronic Inc.’s fracture-prone defibrillator wires—including among young people—that are significantly higher than what the company has publicly disclosed, according to the Wall Street Journal. Medtronic, based in Fridley, pulled the Sprint Fidelis defibrillator wires off the market in 2007 and substituted another type of wire with a lower failure rate. But an estimated 150,000 Sprint Fidelis wires, which are known as leads, remain implanted in U.S. patients.

Mayo Clinic Florida estimates the annual economic impact generated from its 400-acre research, clinical practice and education powerhouse in Jacksonville is $1.21 billion, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. of Minnetonka has invested $14.3 million in a Los Angeles charity that helps vulnerable children, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. The beneficiary, a nonprofit called Children’s Institute Inc., plans to use the capital to help finance construction and renovation of a 45,000-square-foot campus in downtown L.A.