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Enewsletter of the Penny George Institute Foundation
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This is the first edition of the Penny George Institute Foundation's enewsletter. You are receiving it because you have supported our efforts to bring integrative medicine and whole person care - focused on the mind, body and spirit - to Allina Health's patients and communities. We want to keep you well-versed on the work of the Penny Georgeâ„¢ Institute for Health and Healing and the impact your gifts have on the lives of the people we serve.

Research brief: Acupuncture in the Emergency Room

Early results from a pilot study conducted by the Penny George Institute’s Integrative Health Research Center suggest that the use of acupuncture in the Emergency Department can be as effective as conventional pharmaceuticals — including opioids — for reducing pain.
 
Additional research will be required to determine if results from the pilot study can be repeated in larger trials. If so, the research could lead to reduced reliance on potentially addictive drugs while reducing side effects and lowering treatment costs. Read more about this important work in this recent Star Tribune article.
 
Want to stay up to date on research findings like these? Sign up to be included in our annual, in-person research briefing. The next event, presented by Research Director Jeffery Dusek, PhD, will be held in the fall of 2016. To reserve your space, email pennygeorgeresearch@allina.com.

Your donation matters

Allina Health is transforming the way health care is practiced — both inside and outside the conventional health care system. The Penny George Institute is playing a central role in that work.
 
We deliver holistic, integrative care designed to help individuals be their healthiest whether they have a disease, a chronic condition, or simply want to improve their well-being.
 
We are raising patient and provider awareness about both emerging and long-proven holistic approaches, from integrative nutrition, stress-management and Resiliency Training to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
 
Your philanthropic gifts can help make a dramatic difference in the speed and scope of our progress. Here’s just some of what we’ve accomplished to date, thanks to the dedication and the generosity of our donors:
  • Embedded integrative approaches within conventional hospitals. Patients at six Allina Health hospitals now receive a variety of previously unavailable integrative-care services, such as acupuncture, aromatherapy and massage, to help them decrease stress and pain, recover more quickly, and reduce their need for pharmaceutical drugs. In 2015, our practitioners delivered nearly 13,000 sessions to hospitalized patients who otherwise would not have received them.
  • Extended the reach, exposure and acceptance of integrative whole-person care. We have established three new Penny George Institute clinics outside the metro area, bringing integrative health services to New Ulm, Shakopee and Owatonna — places where such services were previously disconnected from established care centers and difficult for patients to access.
  • Proven the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of integrative care services. Our dedicated research team has conducted and published a number of important clinical studies that demonstrate how integrative health interventions enhance care, improve outcomes, and reduce costs.
What’s next?
In addition to further evolving and scaling all of the initiatives above, we are now focused on exciting new priorities that will require bold philanthropic support:
  • Transforming primary care. Allina Health is overhauling the current conventional health care model by preparing conventionally trained primary-care teams to deliver whole-person health care across our the health system. Funding is needed to train physicians, nurses and other staff, and to redesign care protocols.
  • Advancing better chronic disease care models. The Penny George Institute is conducting research, providing professional education and building support for promising new care models that address the root causes of disease. We are exploring new treatment approaches for common, hard-to-treat chronic conditions — like pain, digestive ailments, type 2 diabetes, asthma, migraines, and high cholesterol. Funding is needed for professional education and support, the development of new clinical protocols, conducting researching and sharing results to influence care models nationally.
  • Empowering people to take better care of themselves. We are expanding the definition of health care to include the proactive improvement of individual, family and community well-being through health-education, self-care and peer-support strategies. Funding is needed for program development and delivery, and to establish strategic partnerships with non-health care collaborators who will help us build healthy motivation, skills, and support into places where people live, work, study, play, shop, and connect.
We recognize that these goals are revolutionary. And for us to make them happen will require significant support from generous, inspired donors like you.
 
Want to become part of a positive health revolution?

MAKE A GIFT today to support whole-person care, or contact Laurie Hennen at 612-775-2590 to make a gift by phone or to learn more.
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Events/Webinars
March 22 - Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Nutrition

April 6 -
Sleep (better) on this: How sleep affects your health and ways to get a good night's rest

April 26 - The Sitting Disease

Penny George Institute in the news
The Game Changer - Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

Mind + Body Revolution - Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

The Evolution of Medicine - On Being with Krista Tippett

Minnesota conference tackles problem of pain pill abuse - Star Tribune
 

Wellness tips from Penny George Institute experts

Six ways to boost your immunity before you get sick

Natural remedies for every day illnesses


The Foundation
The Penny George Institute Foundation was created to support the expanding work of the Penny Georgeâ„¢ Institute for Health and Healing, which improves the health and wellness of patients and communities using a holistic approach focused on the mind, body and spirit.
 
Copyright © 2016 Penny George Institute Foundation, All rights reserved.



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