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.

Allina Health fast-tracks telemental heath appointments due to coronavirus

[KSTP-TV, March 25, 2020] From her home office, Dr. Cheryl Bemel, a psychologist with Allina Health, is continuing to see patients, just in a different way now. “I use a headset when I’m speaking to them so it’s actually like a virtual TV show where they see me in real time, and I see them […]

How effective are handmade face masks?

[KSTP-TV, March 23, 2020] Health systems including Allina Health have asked the public to make and donate handmade face masks because of a shortage of manufactured face masks. But some have questioned whether handmade face masks are effective. Allina Health COVID-19 System Commander Helen Strike explained how these masks would be used.

Blood donations needed now

[KSTP-TV March, 19, 2020] At Abbott Northwestern blood bank, the work never stops, especially during a public health emergency. Red blood cells donated a couple of weeks ago are still being used. Typically, red blood cells last three to six weeks in storage. But platelets only last a few days. “They are necessary to sustain […]

Talking to kids about COVID-19

[KSTP-TV, March 19, 2020] Adults aren’t the only ones worried about the COVID-19 outbreak. Kids are, too. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel talked with KSTP News about how to talk to kids about it.

FDA approves drug to combat peanut allergy

KARE 11, February 3, 2020] In a groundbreaking development in the fight against food allergies, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment for children with peanut allergies. Dr. Pramod Kelkar with Allina Health says the latest FDA approved drug adds an extra layer of protection for people with peanut allergies. “It will […]

Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers wayfinding app to help patients navigate inside hospital

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 13, 2020] Abbott Northwestern Hospital now has an app to help patients and people visiting the hospital find their way around. The hospital’s new technology is accessed through the free Allina Health app. Once the app is downloaded, click on “find your way around Abbott Northwestern.” The app will detect exactly where you […]

Christmas babies at United Hospital get special gift

[WCCO-TV, December 25, 2019] A newborn baby on Christmas Day is a pretty special gift, but at Allina Health’s United Hospital Mother Baby Center in St. Paul babies born on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve received a handmade stocking and elf cap made my a hospital volunteer who passed away at the age of 103. […]

Flu season looking like early peak this year

[KSTP-TV, December 12, 2019] Minnesota health officials say the state can expect an early peak flu season that may be especially tough on children. New numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show influenza is spiking. Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, also said it’s not too late for the shot […]

Change to Chill at the U of M YMCA

[KSTP-TV, Oct, 29, 2019] Change to Chill, Allina Health’s program to help teens manage stress in their life, is now at the University of Minnesota’s YMCA. The U YMCA is using Change to Chill techniques to help U students cope with college life.