coronavirus

Should I pull my parents out of the retirement home?

Should I pull my parents out of the retirement home?

[Pioneer Press, April 5, 2020] With the coronavirus showing up in congregate living facilities more frequently now, it’s a question increasingly on the minds of those with loved ones living in a nursing home, assisted living center, or similar facility where older residents live together and use common spaces — and where the coronavirus can […]

Muslim Foundation donates masks

[WCCO-TV, April 3, 2020] A Muslim women’s foundation donated 1500 hand sewn face masks to Allina Health on Friday. WCCO-TV and KARE 11 News were on hand to witness the donation. See the KARE 11 coverage here.

Managing the limited number of COVID-19 testing supplies

[WCCO-TV, April 2, 2020] The limited supply of COVID-19 test kits is keeping Minnesota health care systems from testing as many people as they’d like. Allina Health Vice President of Laboratory Services, Heather Dawson, talked with WCCO-TV about how the smaller than desired supply is being managed.

Advice to make staying at home more tolerable

[KMSP Fox 9, April, 1, 2020] As the days mount with the stay-at-home directive, tensions in the house may mount. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel talked with Fox 9 News about how to make that time more bearable.

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.” […]

Bachman’s donates 1500 flowing plants to boost staff at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[KSTP-TV, March 31, 2020] Bachman’s Floral, Home & Garden donated 1,500 flowering spring plants to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in appreciation of the efforts of health care workers responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. KSTP-TV was there to capture thew delivery. WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio also covered the Bachman donation.

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 […]

Preserving precious PPE supplies

[WCCO-TV, March 30, 2020] As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, hospitals are working to stretch their short supply of personal protective equipment, mainly masks, for their healthcare workers. Allina Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Sielaff talked with WCCO News about that effort.

Community surprises Allina Health cancer patient with bell ringing send-off

[KARE 11, March 30, 2020] Surprise parties are nearly impossible to achieve in these times of social distancing, but a Northfield community found a way to pull off an unforgettable send-off on Tuesday, for a beloved neighbor battling brain cancer. Barb Barlau, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in January.  Several […]