Allina Hospitals & Clinics


From 13 hips to 2: How one hospital is cutting costs now

Payers can take it slow with payment reform and wellness programs, but hospitals need cost-saving changes now. Comments from Ken Paulus of Allina Health stood out in a crowd of payers earlier this month during a panel discussion at the Medtech Investing conference in Minneapolis earlier this month. Lisa Suennen and John Stenson moderated a […]


A little help here! Ideas from payers about clinical areas ripe for innovation

What payer problem really needs fixing? The men representing UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota had quick answers to moderator Lisa Suennen‘s question. The group was discussing reimbursement and how the current drive to cut costs is affecting treatment decisions and business strategy. Each panelist named a clinical area ripe for innovation […]

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Cleveland Clinic pilots iPad app for concussion diagnosis

Cleveland Clinic is conducting a pilot study of a concussion-diagnosis application created by its researchers for Apple’s iPad 2. The new mobile medical app uses the iPad 2’s built-in accelerometer and gyroscope to measure post-injury changes in an athlete’s balance, which is an indicator of brain function, The Plain Dealer reported. The app works by […]


Allina, meet Allianz: Hospital taps annuity CEO for board seat

If Allina Hospitals & Clinics ever finds itself at the center of  multiple state investigations or lawsuits, or in economic free-fall, the hospital chain now knows where to seek advice. Allina this week named Allianz North America CEO Gary Bhojwani to its board of directors, addingthe crisis-tested executive to its ranks. Allianz North America, based […]


Minnesota nurses officially ratify new three year contract with hospitals

Minnesota nurses approved a new three year contract with Twin Cities hospitals, averting a costly strike that could have  indefinitely forced thousands of patients to seek care elsewhere. The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), which represents about 12,000 nurses throughout the metro area, said members “overwhelmingly” ratified the contract, which grants nurses a three percent pay […]


Efforts to break hospital/nurses stalemate fail; Strike imminent

Twin Cities hospitals late Tuesday offered a revised contract proposal to the nurses union, which promptly rejected it, setting the stage for a protracted strike set for next week. In an e-mail, spokeswoman Maureen Schriner said the hospitals, which include Allina, Children’s Hospital, Park Nicollet, Fairview, North Memorial and HealthEast, offered to drop cuts to […]


High on ambition, low on cash, Twin Cities hospitals face choices

Second only to nurses claiming they will strike solely to save patients’ lives, the most repeated talking point in the Twin Cities these days is: Hospitals are besieged institutions that are at the mercy of a poor economy and uncertain healthcare reform laws. Well … not exactly. True, hospitals face a great deal of financial […]


Thousands of Minnesota nurses strike Twin Cities hospitals

Donning bright red, union T-shirts and waving “We care for you” signs, 12,000 Minnesota nurses walked off the job Thursday. Unable to reach a contract with six metro hospital chains, the Minnesota Nurses Association launched a 24-hour strike, the largest in the history of the United States. Nurses are seeking a 3 percent annual pay […]


Excelen to raise $12 million for orthopedic incubator-seed fund

Excelen, a nonprofit orthopedic research and education foundation, will raise $12 million over three years to establish a downtown Minneapolis incubator and early-stage seed fund to back promising orthopedic start-ups. The incubator will be located at Excelen’s headquarters near Hennepin County Medical Center and the Metrodome, where it already operates laboratories and research facilities. Prominent […]