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 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.

Families figuring out coping techniques during social distancing

[KARE 11, March, 20, 2020] Hunkering down at home – the idea of more family time seems pretty great. But in reality, all of this togetherness – while staying apart from everyone else – is going to be hard. Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal, Allina Health’s Medical Director Child and Adolescent Psychiatry talked with KARE 11 […]

Stuck at home takes a toll on mental health

[KARE 11, March 19, 2020] Social distancing, school and work places closing, spending more time at home are all creating new stress. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel talked to KARE 11 about how to manage those stresses.

Seniors particularly at risk from COVID-19

[KARE 11, March 13, 2020] Americans 60 and older, some living in retirement communities or long term care facilities, are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Dr. Emily Downing, a geriatric physician and leader of Allina Health’s Seniorcare program, talked with KARE 11 about why seniors are more at risk and how to […]

Allina Health psychologist offers tips to calm COVID-19 anxiety

[KARE 11, March 11, 2020] The number of confirmed cases in the U-S is now above 1,000. That growing number is making a lot of people nervous. So what can you do to deal with that anxiety? Psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel with Allina Health says worry is the thief of joy and a set up […]

KARE 11 viewers ask about COVID-19

[KARE 11, March 9, 2020] As the COVID-19 outbreak goes on, people continue to ask questions about how to protect themselves. United Hospital Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dr. Alison Peterson, answered some of those questions for KARE 11.

What to know about COVID-19

[KARE 11, March 7, 2020] With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Minnesota, what do you need to know about the virus? Helen Strike, President of Allina Health’s River Falls Area and Regina Hospitals, and leader of Allina Health’s COVID-19 response team talked with KARE 11 about those questions? Helen Strike answered additional questions […]

Telemedicine is growing

[KARE 11, Feb. 19, 2020] You’re sick. You don’t have time to go to the doctor, or maybe you don’t feel like going to the doctor. Now there’s an app for that. Telemedicine is a growing field. One study found a whopping 82% of millennials would rather use telemedicine than see a doctor in person. […]