Stories of Gratitude

Read the inspiring stories from the people who tell it best – patients.

Jack Henrich: Hypertension

Jack Henrich: Hypertension

Jack participated in a clinical study evaluating an investigational procedure that could potentially reduce his need for blood pressure medications.

Robin Asbell: Congenital Heart Defect

Robin Asbell: Congenital Heart Defect

Robin learned she had a fairly rare congenital heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, which impacts the heart’s electrical signals.

Deb Jellinger: Hypertension

Deb Jellinger: Hypertension

Deb participated in a new blood pressure treatment study to see if she could reduce the need to take medication.

Bob Webster: COPD

Bob Webster: COPD

Robert (Bob) Webster of Lafayette, Minn., doesn’t remember the helicopter ride from Allina Health’s New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) to Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital (ANW) in Minneapolis, about 90 miles away. In fact, he really doesn’t remember anything at all...

Betsy Kinkead:  SCAD

Betsy Kinkead: SCAD

At 43, healthy and active Betsy experienced spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD); nearly 90 percent of SCAD patients are women.

Dave Durenberger: Aortic Valve

Dave Durenberger: Aortic Valve

Dave Durenberger: From health policy expert to grateful patient As a U.S. Senator from Minnesota for 16 years and then a senior health policy Fellow at the University of St. Thomas, Dave Durenberger spent much of his career working on health care reform and health...

Lisa Koenecke: COOL-IT

Lisa Koenecke: COOL-IT

After experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, Lisa was treated with the MHIF-developed COOL-IT protocol to reduce risk of permanent brain damage.

R.T. Rybak – Heart Attack

R.T. Rybak – Heart Attack

R.T. Rybak suffered a heart attack and thanks fast-acting physicians and clinical research for helping his heart avoid long-term damage.

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