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Thu Jun 23, 2016, 10:04 PM

2. It should be noted that 3 of the other large healthcare systems in the area,

Fairview, Healtheast, and Park Nicollet all settled with their nurses and not cut their health insurance benefits. There has been a lot of speculation about what the real agenda is.

Nice column in today's Start Tribune about a 90 year old doctor who worked at one of Allina's hospitals joining the nurses on the picket line last Sunday. I got an additional kick out of this as my friend's family went to Dr. Scallen for years and I knew someone who had him as her supervisor when she did her residency. Never heard anything but good things about him.


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On a sultry Sunday, the 90-year-old with the stellar résumé took time away from a weekend with family to occupy a lawn chair at E. 28th Street and Chicago Avenue and watch the parade of nurses on strike against Allina Health.

As they passed, nurses called out to Dr. Ray Scallen, and he recognized many of them. Sixty years in the trenches with teams of nurses at Abbott Northwestern Hospital creates a bond you cannot forget.

Scallen is officially retired, but he goes into his office nearly every day and still admits patients for treatment and sees long-term patients who trusted him, literally, with their lives.

“I have a stake in what happens to the nurses,” said Scallen, who has participated in three strikes while working as a cardiologist at Abbott. “When I was on the picket line I saw hundreds of nurses I have worked with over the years, and I know their competency.”

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