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Health notes: Learn about St. Luke's campus expansion

St. Luke's to share its plans

The public is invited to an open house on Wednesday to learn about the St. Luke's campus expansion.

Attendees will see the space where the new emergency department will be located and learn about the plans for the new emergency department, cardiac cath labs, imaging suites, ambulance garage, helistop and parking, according to a St. Luke's announcement.

Project leaders will speak, and renderings of the $37.5 million expansion will be available.

The event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Level 3 of St. Luke's Building A, 1012 E. Second St.

No RSVP is needed, but anyone with questions can call (218) 249-2449.

Flags raised for organ donations

Both Duluth health systems conduct flag-raising ceremonies in April to attract attention to the need for organ donation.

Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center announced its "Donate Life" flag-raising will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday outside the main lobby, 407 E. Third St. The event will include a brief service and readings.

St. Luke's was host to a similar event last Wednesday.

An Essentia news release noted that more than 114,000 Americans are awaiting organ transplants, citing LifeSource, a nonprofit that facilitates organ transplants in the Upper Midwest.

You can register to be a donor when you apply for or renew your driver's license or state ID, or by visiting DonateLifeMN.org. You also can visit organdonor.gov.

For more information:

• In Minnesota: life-source.org

• In Wisconsin: yesIwillwisconsin.com

Help with Medicare

Answers and education for Medicare beneficiaries and pre-retirees will be offered by Senior LinkAge Line on May 2 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church 4831 Grand Ave., and on May 8 and 24 at the Missabe Building, 227 W. First St., Suite 103.

To schedule an appointment, call the Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433.

Flu scoreboard

The influenza season isn't over, but it seems to continue waning in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health has reduced its ranking of geographic spread of the disease from regional to local. Based on preliminary numbers, it reported 62 hospitalizations for influenza during the week ending April 13, compared with 140 the week before.

Two hospitalizations occurred in Northeastern Minnesota, bringing the total for the season to 186.

For the season to date, 73 deaths have been attributed to the flu in Minnesota, including one pediatric death.