TV News

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.

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.

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 […]

Senior citizens feeling ‘blamed’ for coronavirus

{KARE 11, March 30, 2020] Larry Struck knows he’s not your typical 71-year-old with extra active lifestyle, but as a citizen of the senior-sort, he knows he’s kind of in the bullseye right now. There’s been no shortage of news stories talking about how COVID-19 is affecting our older population more adversely. That, Larry worries, […]

Allina Health doctor answers WCCO-TV viewer questions

[WCCO-TV, March 29, 2020] Dr. Ryan Else, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital, joined WCCO-TV Sunday night to answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

Allina Health volunteers work to assemble 10,000 face shields during coronavirus crisis

[KARE 11, March 26, 2020] Allina Health is assembling face shields by hand to supplement its dwindling supply of manufactured shields that are part the personal protective equipment that helps protect nurses and doctors while treating suspected and diagnosed COVID-19 patients. The Pioneer Press and Star Tribune also reported on this work.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital builds capacity for expected COVID-19 surge

[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020] Hospitals are concerned about their ability to handle the expected surge in COVID-19 patients that everyone fears is coming. At Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital, they have, in a matter of days, quadrupled the number of intensive care beds that could accept those patients. Fox 9 News also reported on this […]