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Allina calls for more donations

Allina calls for more donations

[New Ulm Journal, April 9, 2020] Allina Health is calling for more donated personal protection equipment, money to help caregivers pay their own bills, and food. The initial request for equipment was to have expired on April 5. “As we prepare for the anticipated surge of coronavirus patients, we are doing everything we can to […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Pregnant women in the Twin Cities face fear, uncertainty and strict regulations amid COVID-19

Pregnant women in the Twin Cities face fear, uncertainty and strict regulations amid COVID-19

[Pioneer Press, March 23, 2020] In addition to new rules for labor and delivery, pregnant women face changes to clinic visits, in-person access to their doctors and midwives, baby shower cancellations due to social-distancing, and rigid guidelines for keeping themselves and their newborns safe after birth. The changes, and the awareness that more restrictions could […]

Allina asking for donations of medical masks, even homemade

Allina asking for donations of medical masks, even homemade

[Pioneer Press, March 21, 2020] Wondering what you can do to help during the COVID-19 crisis? Allina Health has two ideas for you. First, they could use more masks. The health care system will be setting up collection sites at many of its facilities to receive donations of factory-made N95 and ear loop masks, as […]

Coronavirus concern halts elective health care

[Pioneer Press, March 20, 2020] Dr. Monte Johnson, Vice President of Medical Affairs for St. Francis Hospital in the Allina system, said in a statement: “We know that COVID-19 is not the only illness out in our community, and other health concerns continue to require care and we are committed to providing the right care […]

Minnesota hospitals need your blood

[City Pages, March 18, 2020] In the Minnesota-Dakotas region, 80 Red Cross blood drives—the equivalent of 2,500 donations—have been canceled. Yet the need for blood is constant. Every community has cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who can’t make their own platelets and require regular transfusions to avoid life-threatening hemorrhages, such as bleeding in the brain. Dr. […]

A patient surge is coming, and then maybe another. Health officials just don’t know when.

A patient surge is coming, and then maybe another. Health officials just don’t know when.

[Pioneer Press, March 17, 2020] When is surge one, and are we doing enough to “flatten the curve” and avoid, or at least lessen the impact of, surge two? “We don’t know at this point,” said Dr. Alison Peterson, a vice president of medical affairs at United Hospital in St. Paul. “We just don’t know.” […]