The People Behind Possible
The People Behind Possible is a series we’ll be rolling out over the next few months to tell the stories of the people who work at Allina Health. Just as our patients are individuals with unique hopes, goals and backgrounds, so, too, are our colleagues.
The People Behind Possible gives us an inside look at the real lives and stories that make Allina Health employees the people they are and how they make Whole Person Care possible.
Gio spent the first eight years of his life in war-torn El Salvador. Today, he brings his gratitude and sense of family with him every day.
Here are a few more stories of people delivering Whole Person Care.
Take a moment to watch their stories.
Cyndy Bayer, RN
Quality and Risk Manager
River Falls Area Hospital
Driven by her own personal experience raising a daughter with developmental disabilities, Cyndy partnered with hospital leadership and community organizations to implement Project SEARCH—an international program that gives local young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to gain real-life, transferrable job skills.
Information Services Infrastructure
A longtime Allina Health employee, Dwight often tells colleagues his real title is “all duties as assigned.” “Dwight takes this responsibility to heart,” said John Hinrichs, director, Information Services Integrated Systems and Data. “He’s the quintessential example of a humble leader who constantly gives back to his team.”
John Halstrom, RN
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
John Halstrom is admired by his colleagues for his natural ability to view patients’ experiences through their own eyes and provide customized, goal-driven care. “John appreciates people from all walks of life and cultures,” said Laura Gardner, patient care supervisor. “He shows genuine interest in patients’ lives, stories and backgrounds.”
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – New Ulm
Known as a passionate advocate for patients, Eileen played a key role in the planning and construction of one of the first inclusive playgrounds in southern Minnesota. “For kids with disabilities, navigating a playground can be quite difficult,” Eileen said. “We wanted to create a unique and accessible place all kids could enjoy.”