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Bachman’s delivers 1500 flower plants to Abbott Northwestern Hospital workers

Bachman’s delivers 1500 flower plants to Abbott Northwestern Hospital workers

[Star Tribune, March 31, 2020] Bachman’s Floral, Home & Garden donated 1,500 flowering plants to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in appreciation of the efforts of health care workers responding to the Coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The Star Tribune captured the event in photos. See them online here.

Allina Health’s tablet stands could help preserve PPE supplies

[WCCO-TV, March 31, 2020] Minnesota hospitals and clinics continue to find new, creative ways to protect health care workers and patients, while preserving personal protective equipment. Allina Health is now taking a virtual approach to limit exposure to COVID-19. On a mostly deserted floor in an Allina Health building, you’ll find a “sea of stands.” […]

How New Ulm Medical Center is working to transform care delivery in the midst of COVID-19

How New Ulm Medical Center is working to transform care delivery in the midst of COVID-19

[The Commonwealth Fund, March 31, 2020] Toby Freier is president of New Ulm Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital 90 miles southwest of Minneapolis and two hours from its nearest tertiary care referral center. Part of Allina Health, a nonprofit system, New Ulm has been preparing for the emergence of COVID-19 cases at the […]

Allina Health doctor answers WCCO-TV viewer questions

[WCCO-TV, March 29, 2020] Dr. Ryan Else, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital, joined WCCO-TV Sunday night to answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

Allina Health volunteers work to assemble 10,000 face shields during coronavirus crisis

[KARE 11, March 26, 2020] Allina Health is assembling face shields by hand to supplement its dwindling supply of manufactured shields that are part the personal protective equipment that helps protect nurses and doctors while treating suspected and diagnosed COVID-19 patients. The Pioneer Press and Star Tribune also reported on this work.

Making face shields for Allina Health providers

Making face shields for Allina Health providers

[Star Tribune, March 26, 2020] Allina Health team members from across the organization volunteered to assemble much-needed face shields to protect health care workers working directly with COVID-19 patients and in the emergency department. The goal is to assemble 10,000 face shields over a two-day period. Volunteers will work in varying room locations with varying […]

Abbott Northwestern Hospital builds capacity for expected COVID-19 surge

[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020] Hospitals are concerned about their ability to handle the expected surge in COVID-19 patients that everyone fears is coming. At Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital, they have, in a matter of days, quadrupled the number of intensive care beds that could accept those patients. Fox 9 News also reported on this […]

Allina Health fast-tracks telemental heath appointments due to coronavirus

[KSTP-TV, March 25, 2020] From her home office, Dr. Cheryl Bemel, a psychologist with Allina Health, is continuing to see patients, just in a different way now. “I use a headset when I’m speaking to them so it’s actually like a virtual TV show where they see me in real time, and I see them […]

How social distancing can bring people together

[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020] There is good that’s coming from the current state of isolation. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Cheryl Bemel says tools video conferencing are good for mental health. When you talk with someone on the phone it’s not the same as when you can see them in person; you can’t see their expressions. […]

An army of sewers, making masks for America

An army of sewers, making masks for America

[New York Times, March 25, 2020] Many of the finished masks are going into the Allina Health network of hospitals and clinics in Minnesota, said Helen Strike, who is in charge of Allina’s coronavirus response. She said she worried that the hospital network’s mask supplies could be depleted as the virus spread in Minnesota. Allina […]