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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 […]

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.” […]

Allina steps in to operate southern Minnesota clinic being closed by Mayo

Allina steps in to operate southern Minnesota clinic being closed by Mayo

[Pioneer Press, Dec. 12, 2019] Allina Health will step in to provide health care at Springfield’s clinic once Mayo Clinic Health System vacates the southwestern Minnesota site in March. The city of Springfield and Allina unveiled the new partnership Thursday. Mayo Clinic Health System, based in Rochester, announced plans to close its Springfield hospital and […]

Baby girl born at 3:21 a.m. is among St. Paul’s first of 2019

[Pioneer Press, Jan. 1, 2019] Kaleena Chem-Rodriguez was among the first babies born on New Year’s Day in St. Paul, arriving at 3:21 a.m. at The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Minnesota. She weighed in at 5 pounds and 6 ounces. Her mother, 22-year-old Katherine Chem, said Kaleena has slept a lot since […]

Baby girl born at 11 p.m. on 11/11 in The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Minnesota

[Pioneer Press, Nov. 12, 2018] A baby girl was born in St. Paul at 11 p.m. on 11/11, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The baby, weighing 7 pounds and 12 ounces, was born to Erin and Mike Potts of Hugo at Allina Health’s Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Minnesota. “It’s our first […]

Allina Health’s Courage Kenny helps man recover from a bizarre paralysis

[Pioneer Press, Oct. 14, 2018] Almost two years ago Paul Auger’s foot went numb. Within days, Auger was totally paralyzed. He couldn’t breathe on his own. He couldn’t swallow. He couldn’t even close his eyes. He was rushed to a hospital. The diagnosis: Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks […]

United Hospital’s emergency center expansion is designed to cut wait times

[Pioneer Press, Sept. 13, 2017] New renovations to United Hospital revealed Tuesday are designed to curb wait times and promote patient safety. A ribbon cutting for the St. Paul hospital’s $1.4 million emergency care center expansion was held Tuesday morning. Improvements include: six new care spaces, a shared welcome desk for United and Children’s Hospital […]

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Minnesota reports four new measles cases as hospitals issue precautions

[KARE 11, May 8, 2017] Allina Health said Monday morning that it’s asking that children under age 5 not visit its hospitals unless they are seeking care. All children under age 11 are asked to wear a mask while visiting Allina clinics or hospitals. In addition, anyone with a cough or sore throat is asked […]