MHIF blog

Mark Pitzele: The technology saved my life

To say that Mark Pitzele’s heart failure came as a surprise would be an enormous understatement. At the age of 48, Mark was living a healthy, active life. He and his longtime partner, Cindy, lived happily with their four teenage and college-aged children. He had a job...

Move to better health

Take a few minutes and think about the amount of time in a single day that you spend sitting, both at work and at home. When you add it up, the total may surprise you. Physical inactivity has become a leading contributor to heart disease and other common causes of...

MHIF researchers named to Top Docs list

Congratulations to the 20 physicians from the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital who were recently named Top Doctors by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine!   The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) is proud to be affiliated with...

Spike Nehls: From 53 hospital visits to full recovery

Before Carroll “Spike” Nehls received a Tendyne mitral valve implant, he spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was wrong with his heart and how to fix it. He went to his local hospital exactly 53 times over the course of a year, trying to determine the cause...

Embracing winter

Betty Jo and Abby skijoring together! By Betty Jo Haggerty, MHIF Director of Compliance and Risk Management Let’s face it: winter in Minnesota can be long! The cold weather and lack of sun takes its toll on me, both physically and psychologically. I realized a few...

I Heart Hockey: Raising awareness in honor of a friend

By Melissa Hanson, MHIF Director of Marketing and Public Relations Working for a nonprofit is incredibly rewarding because of the impact it has on real people. What’s equally rewarding is getting to see how others believe in and support your efforts. Earlier this...

Beyond heart health at the workplace

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) Wellness Committee is a perfect example of how we practice what we preach at MHIF. Last fall, in response to an employee wellness survey, we started conducting bi-monthly cooking demonstrations. So far we have...

Raising money and awareness at Hudson Prairie Elementary

MHIF recently had a visit from Hudson Prairie Elementary School fifth graders Cres, Carter and Elijah. As part of the Hudson Heroes program, the boys decided to focus on cardiovascular disease, raising awareness and donations for MHIF. The boys chose MHIF because...

Start the day with heart-healthy oats

One of the best things about working at MHIF is our Wellness Committee. This creative and dedicated group plans events, shares information, and best of all, brings food! This morning, they set up an extensive oatmeal bar in our break room, complete with information on...