Allina Health EMS

Rare medical alliance boosts care in northwest metro

[Star Tribune, Nov. 7, 2017] Ann Losness didn’t want to go back to Mercy Hospital Unity Camps after a four-day stay for heart problems, and the hospital didn’t want her back either. They had gotten along fine — but return visits can be frustrating, expensive and ultimately preventable if hospitals adequately prep patients to go […]

Cambridge-Isanti teachers prepped to deal with medical emergencies

[KSTP-TV, Aug. 30, 2017] As their final week of summer vacation wraps up, teachers in the Cambridge-Isanti school district are getting an interactive lesson like they’ve never had before. Step by step, these teachers learn the process of what to do and how to do it — and what a real medical emergency at school […]

Paramedics stay on high alert over holiday weekend

[KSTP-TV, July 2, 2017] On a holiday weekend known for both fireworks and firewater, Allina Health EMS paramedics Crystal Gaughan and Mike Vander Heyden knew it could be a busy shift. “A lot of people probably have Monday off so they’re gonna party it up good today to celebrate the Fourth,” Vander Heyden said, accompanied […]

Allina Health EMS reports to Cambridge City Council

[Isanti-Chisago County Star, May 11, 2017] If for any reason, Cambridge area residents have the need to call upon emergency services, they have at their fingertips one Minnesota’s largest EMS operation in the state of Minnesota in Allina Health Services, which the Cambridge Medical Center is part of. And according to representatives of Allina, they […]

Violence against EMS personnel on the rise

[KARE 11, March 21, 2017] Violence against paramedics and EMTs on the job are increasing. Allina Health EMS manager of quality, safety and risk, Scott Tomek talked with KARE 11 News about how that is being handled.

When paramedics and EMTs are attacked by their patients

[KMSP Fox 9, Jan. 26, 2017] An attack on two EMS workers by a patient this week has highlighted the under-reported incidence of violence against paramedics and EMTs according the Allina Health EMS manager for quality, safety and risk, Scott Tomek.

New safer ambulance ready to hit road for Allina Health EMS

[KSTP-TV, Oct, 31, 2016] An ambulance crash on a snowy night in January 2014 inspired Allina Health EMS to build a safer ambulance, for its crews and for patients. Now, those new rigs are ready to hit the road around the Twin Cities. The Star Tribune also reported on the new Allina Health EMS ambulances.

Cardiac arrest victim meets responders who saved his life

[KMSP Fox 9, Sept. 21] A Kentucky man who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the MSP Airport last October, returned to meet the first responders and Allina Health EMS paramedics who saved his life almost a year earlier. He also learned about a new device that was used on him.

Saved from the brink of death

[Sun Thisweek, July 21, 2016] One year to the day after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest while teaching a dance class, Tona Dove was able to thank the first responders and Allina Health EMS crew that saved her life. Read the full story online at

4th of July is busy for EMS

[KSTP-TV, July 4, 2016] The 4th of July maybe a holiday for most of us, but for Allina Health EMS it’s another work day. KSTP-TV News rode along with Allina EMS operations manager Jeff Lanenberg to see what this 4th had in store.