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Shakespeare famously asked, “What’s in a name?” In today’s highly competitive healthcare market, names have become brands: powerful shorthand to communicate about reputation, competence and quality of care. This spring, a new name is going up over the facilities and services jointly operated by Fairview and University of Minnesota Physicians: University of Minnesota Health. What’s in the name? University physicians and hospital executives would tell you it is the strengthened affiliation behind the name that will make all the difference.
Interfering with work and life, chronic pain poses challenges for patients and their physicians.
Researching options for quality patient care is a daunting task; attempting to understand the cost of that care is even more difficult. 
Transform 2013, a multidisciplinary symposium hosted by the Mayo Clinic, united a diverse group of clinicians, executives and other leaders to reimagine the experience and delivery of health care — and propose innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Read on for highlights of just a few of the thought-provoking presentations at the Rochester, Minn., event.
When the call came in requesting a prosthetic evaluation, Robert “Bob” Tillges, CPO, FAAOP and founder of Tillges Certified Orthotic Prosthetic Inc. (TCOP), went to the hospital himself to meet with Aaron Holm, who had lost both legs above the knee in a roadside accident.
Lindsay Haugen, PA-C, a provider at Physicians’ Diagnostics & Rehabilitation Clinics (PDR), recently spoke to MD News about her experience moving from a surgery-based practice to PDR, which provides intensive, nonsurgical management of spinal disorders. Haugen received her physician assistant degree from the University of St. Francis and joined PDR in February 2012.  
The 64,000-square-foot Minnetonka Medical Center brings together expert providers in a state-of-the-art facility designed to streamline the practice of medicine in the era of healthcare reform.
Whether patients want to kneel and plant roses, run and throw a football, or squat and veer downhill on a pair of skis, when they experience hip or knee trouble, they need an experienced sports medicine physician.
St. Paul Radiology is the first practice in St. Paul to use the MEDRAD Intego Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Infusion System to achieve the highest-quality imaging while reducing the amount of radiation its patients receive by one-third.
Recent work by French and Israeli researchers revealed that congenitally blind individuals can activate the visual word form area (VWFA) — the portion of the brain used for reading — with the aid of specialized devices that convert visual information into sounds.
Hennepin County Medical Center’s network of comprehensive rehabilitation services is expanding to include innovative therapeutic delivery and accommodate the needs of patients in the Twin Cities area.
Burns are devastating injuries with risks that are distinct from those of traditional trauma injuries. For most trauma patients, survival is determined in the first few days following an injury. For burn patients, the mortality risk is unchanged until half of the burn is healed.
Until recently, medicine did not have much to offer cardiac patients such as Alice. At 83 years old, she suffered from aortic stenosis, complicated by severe Parkinson’s disease and other medical issues that made traditional surgery too dangerous. The slow failure of her aortic valve rendered her debilitated, breathless and confined to her room. Even the slowest walking pace left her gasping for breath.
Stroke can be devastating; it claims almost 130,000 American lives each year and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Among medical subspecialties, stroke has one of the most mature independent data systems for patient treatment evaluation.
No one plans a collision. Events could have taken a catastrophic turn when a Twin Cities mother driving to the store with her two young children crashed into a truck. Yet, this family was fortunate. They lived in a community offering one of the few combined Level I adult trauma and Level I pediatric trauma centers in the nation — at Regions Hospital and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (Gillette).
Leading the industry with technology, North Memorial is one of only two hospitals now offering prostate MRI due to its partnership with Minneapolis Radiology.
At Minneapolis Radiology, vascular surgeons offer a full spectrum of treatment options for peripheral artery disease (PAD).
HealthEast Care System’s Acute Pain Management program’s state-of-the-art protocols and approach to individualizing pain management have resulted in high patient satisfaction scores and unimpeachable standards of care.
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