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Fiscal year 2016 was a very good year for Community Memorial Hospital. “That represented the strongest year from a financial perspective that we’ve had in our history,” said Rick Breuer, CEO of the nonprofit hospital in Cloquet. Community Memorial had just over $3 million in operating margin in fiscal 2016, for a positive operating margin of 5.4 percent, according to a Minnesota Hospital Association report released on Tuesday.
Location matters when it comes to health insurance costs in Wisconsin. Combining premiums and deductibles, Superior residents paid, on average, 11.4 percent more for health insurance last year than people living in Madison, according to an annual report from Citizen Action of Wisconsin. It could be worse: Green Bay residents paid 17.6 percent more than those in Madison and people in Eau Claire just under 20 percent more.
Barely more than half of Minnesotans got a flu shot during the fall and winter of 2016-17, said a report released on Tuesday. But the state's 51.7 percent flu vaccination rate was the seventh-highest in the country, according to "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism," a report from the nonprofit Trust for America's Health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a goal of 70 percent vaccination, noted John Auerbach, president and CEO of the trust, during a telephone news conference.
This story eventually will move to the potential benefits of float therapy: how it has seemed to help some people with pain management, in coping with anxiety; how it might even be used to help people quit smoking. But first, the naked truth: In spite of what you may see in any photos on this page, float therapy normally is done in the altogether. Even in buttoned-up northern Minnesota. "I think people would be afraid to be naked, but it would feel really weird to have clothes on in there," Amy McClellan said.
Grant extends home visits Carlton and St. Louis counties received almost three quarters of a million dollars to extend home visits to at-risk families. The $745,802 grant is part of $4.87 million awarded to 19 counties and two tribal nations in greater Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health announced in a news release. The Nurse Family Partnership program in St. Louis and Carlton counties will be able to serve an additional 55 families because of the grant, according to the news release.
Essentia Health plans to make its largest investment ever in its Duluth campus over the next few years. "We've made important investments in many other locations, and it's now time to do it here," said Jeff Korsmo, the health system's vice president for operations and administration, during an interview on Wednesday.
We've all been there. The bloated feeling in the stomach that doesn't go away, and gets worse instead. The growing pressure. The coppery feel in your mouth, and then something inexorable rushing up your esophagus. Suddenly, you're rushing to the nearest bathroom. Your correspondent was undergoing these events a few weeks back when questions occurred: What's going on here? What causes a person to vomit? What would happen if we couldn't? At what point should one seek medical attention?
Three Duluth residents were cited for trespassing on Friday after occupying Enbridge's downtown office to demand that the company abandon its Line 3 replacement project. Donna Howard, Mark Daniel Hakes and Michele Naar-Obed delivered a letter to Paul Eberth, director for the project intended to replace the existing pipeline crossing northern Minnesota from Alberta to Superior. They then refused to leave for almost two hours.
No one is surprised when the Upper Peninsula is hit by heavy snow in December. But thunder, lightning and rain? "Buckets and buckets of rain," said Sue Mizell, publisher of the Ironwood Daily Globe, about the rare 12th-month thunderstorm that hit the Gogebic County city on Monday evening.
Kacie McMillan, her hands joined, presses steadily and firmly into the man's chest. The hospital patient has gone into cardiac arrest, and it's McMillan's job to mimic the heart's operation, pumping oxygen-rich blood through his body and sustaining his life. She's getting constant encouragement and advice from a somewhat metallic-sounding female voice. "Just a little faster." "You're doing well." "That's right." "You can press a little faster." "Good." "Compress a little deeper."