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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 […]

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 social distancing can bring people together

[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020] There is good that’s coming from the current state of isolation. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Cheryl Bemel says tools video conferencing are good for mental health. When you talk with someone on the phone it’s not the same as when you can see them in person; you can’t see their expressions. […]

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 […]