Allina Health EMS

EMT shortage prompts Allina Health to launch own training academy

[WCCO-TV, March 20, 2019] Both here and across the country, it’s getting harder for EMS services to fill the vacancies among its EMT and paramedics ranks brought on by retirements and a tight labor pool. “Across the country, we’re seeing not as many people taking on EMT jobs and paramedic jobs,” said Joan Mellor, director […]

Big snows mean narrower city streets

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 21, 2019] If you’ve driven in city streets recently you’ve noticed streets narrowing as plow don’t get close to the curbs. That’s making tough for drivers, especially ambulances and fire trucks, to get through. Fox 9 News talked to Allina Health EMS operations manager Jeff Lanenberg about how they’re managing.

Father-daughter EMS duo makes saving lives a family business

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20, 2019] For a father-daughter duo in the north Twin Cities metro area, helping others and saving lives is something of a family business. The remarkable pair, Bill Griep and Alycia Simons, are members of Allina’s Emergency Medical Service based in Cambridge. They have more than 50 combined years of experience […]

Mark Reina and family.

Allina Health paramedic uses military experience to save lives

[Isanti County News, Nov. 7, 2018] For veteran and Allina Health paramedic Mark Reina, a career in emergency medical services wasn’t something he anticipated while growing up, but it has become something he’s grown to love. After spending his childhood in a rural area of upstate New York, Reina knew he wanted to escape the […]

Allina Health EMS ready for 4th of July

[KSTP-TV, July 4, 2018] On a holiday like the 4th of July, most folks are spending time with family and enjoying the celebrations. But for Allina Health EMS paramedics and EMTs it’s another work day that can bring some special concerns. KSTP News rode along on this 4th to see what happens.

Teaming up to save a life

[Sun ThisWeek, May 25, 2018] Lakeville Police, Allina Health, Lakeville Fire and Life Time Fitness representatives were awarded life saver certificates and pins at the May 21 City Council meeting. In March, a man was playing pickleball at Lakeville Life Time Fitness when he had a heart attack. Staff at Life Time called an ambulance […]

Cambridge celebrates EMS Week

Allina Health EMS dispatcher meets baby he helped deliver

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 18, 2018] Two months after Hannah and Taylor Lindeman welcomed their third daughter, Poppy Noel, into the world, the proud parents finally got a chance to introduce her to the man who helped coach them through the roadside delivery. It was Christmas day on the side of Highway 8 in Chisago […]

Allina paramedic’s stray from routine leads to evacuation of burning home

[KARE 11, Dec. 29, 2017] Sometimes the most simple decisions have profound impacts in life. You could say that was the case on Thursday for Kathy Reitan, a paramedic for Allina Health EMS. Leaving their base in Anoka, she and her partner Bruce Anderson took a right on 7th avenue. “Generally we go out and […]

Allina dispatcher walks couple, officer through roadside birth

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 25, 2017] As most people unwrapped presents Christmas morning, Hannah Lindeman and her husband Taylor were headed to United Hospital in St. Paul with a daughter on the way. The birth was four weeks ahead of schedule, a holiday surprise that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “roadside delivery.” Unable to […]