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Allina Hospitals and Clinics

Allina actually owns Mercy Hospital where Ray Sandford is receiving involuntary electroshock. In other words, this enormous entity, Allina, is profiting from the forced electroshock administered to Ray.


Allina Hospitals and Clinics

Richard R. Pettingill is CEO of AllinaCity/State: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Connection to Ray's case: Allina owns Mercy Hospital, where Ray Sandford receives his forced electroshock.

Description: Allina is an enormous hospital system.

Coverage about Allina on the MindFreedom web site:

Many individuals have, at MindFreedom's request, reached out to Allina to engage in dialogue on this topic.

The results?

Public position on Ray Sandford's forced outpatient electroshock: Fully support and engage in forced electroshock of Ray Sandford.

Public position in general on outpatient involuntary electroshock over expressed wishes of subject: Fully support and engage in involuntary outpatient electroshock.

IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Even if an individual or agency opposes Ray's human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is the opinion of the author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let MindFreedom know.


Protest to Richard Pettingill, Chief executive officer (CEO) of Allina Hospital and Clinics (pictured above).

Ask that your civil verbal protest be placed in Ray Sandford's medical record using their online web form:

Sample message (your own words are best):

"Dear Mr. Richard Pettingill:

"I request that my message be placed in the permanent medical record of your patient Ray Sandford, who states that he is receiving ongoing involuntary electroshock at Mercy Hospital administered by Allina psychiatrist Bernard M Coelho, MD.

"While you cannot violate the privacy of a patient, I ask that you respond in general about your policy of allowing involuntary electroshock over the expressed wishes of the subject.

"Whether or not you feel this is legal, it is unethical, immoral and traumatic to everyone in mental health care.

"The reason(s) I protest this forced electroshock are:

"My name and contact information: _______"

You may also try to phone Mr. Richard Pettingill's office at 612-262-0601 or 612-262-5000.

IMPORTANT: Please note that MindFreedom International embraces the nonviolent guidelines of Gandhi and MLK. We ask that any communication with this organization be civil.

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Paula Caplan, PhD: Psychologist, author, playwright and activist who is challenging the harm caused by psychiatric labeling. Paula is a long-time member of MindFreedom International. Author of 12 nonfiction books. Her latest book, "When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans," uncovers the way too many people traumatized by war are told that that makes them “mentally ill.” Her book won the 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the Psychology category.
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