In The News – Aug. 14, 2013

Today in health news headlines from around the state:

  • Patient experience survey results to be released
  • Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger visits Isanti County to discuss and brainstorm health issues
  • ER department at United Hospitals gets investigated


Minnesota to release results of statewide patient experience survey (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Minnesota officials plan to announce results Wednesday from what they’re billing as the nation’s largest statewide patient experience survey.

It’s a joint project of the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Community Measurement.   Read More…


Commissioner of Health visits with Isanti County officials (Isanti County News)

Minnesota’s reputation for being one of the healthiest states in the nation is slipping. With obesity and binge drinking standing out as two of the most obvious reasons it fell from third to sixth place nationally in terms of health standards, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger has set out on a mission of discussion, brainstorming and horseshoe pitching in an attempt to reverse this downward trend.   Read More…


United Hospital’s ER investigated for “Unnecessary Deaths” (

Minnesota Department of Health officials are taking a closer look at what’s happening inside the emergency room at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Two months ago, we first reported on allegations of patients dying at United because protocol in the emergency room were “reckless” and lead to “improper care.”   Read More…