Allina Health Laboratory

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.

Allina Health lab handling donated blood, COVID tests

[KMSP Fox 9, march 22, 2020] Allina Health Lab pathologist Dr. Lauren Anthony updated Fox 9 News about COVID-19 testing, the need for homemade face masks and the blood shortage.

Minnesota hospitals need your blood

[City Pages, March 18, 2020] In the Minnesota-Dakotas region, 80 Red Cross blood drives—the equivalent of 2,500 donations—have been canceled. Yet the need for blood is constant. Every community has cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who can’t make their own platelets and require regular transfusions to avoid life-threatening hemorrhages, such as bleeding in the brain. Dr. […]

At year’s end, patients surge into hospitals and clinics for free care

[Minnesota Public Radio, December 27, 2016] Just like retailers, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and health plans see a jump in business around the holidays, and it’s due to policies actually designed to slow health spending. High-deductible health plans many Americans now have push people who’ve met their deductible to scramble for appointments of all kinds during […]

Gene Expression Test Can Lead to More Effective Treatment Decisions In Patients With Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) Breast Cancer

[Oncology Nurse Advisor, November 6] Most patients with invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) breast cancer could be treated with hormones alone and not with chemotherapy, according to a study published in Clinical Breast Cancer (2015; doi:10.1016/j.clbc.2015.08.001). This study analyzed the use of the Oncotype DX gene expression test to predict recurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma. Researchers […]

Employers tie lower health plan premiums to tobacco screening

[Pioneer Press, August 18, 2011] Chris Evans wants to qualify for a health plan with a lower deductible next year. So the St. Paul man spent five minutes this week with a toothbrush-shaped swab tucked between his cheek and gums as part of a tobacco-use screening test at United Hospital. This year, Allina joins a […]

Allina building new $29M medical lab in Mpls.

[Twin Cities Business, April 19, 2011] Allina Hospitals & Clinics has started work on a project that has been on its radar for about 10 years—a consolidated central medical laboratory. Construction began in March on the new $29 million lab for Allina Medical Laboratories, which will house 400 employees who are currently spread out among […]

Facility will consolidate 12 Allina labs

[Star Tribune, April 19, 2011] Allina Hospitals & Clinics has started building a $29 million medical laboratory space near its headquarters in south Minneapolis. The medical lab, scheduled to open in February, will house about 400 people who currently work in a dozen labs scattered around Abbott Northwestern Hospital in south Minneapolis. Abbott Northwestern is […]

Allina to consolidate 12 labs at former Sears site

[Finance & Commerce, April 15, 2011] As of next February, a former Sears warehouse in south Minneapolis will be home to one of the largest and most advanced medical labs in the Midwest. Two weeks ago, Allina Hospitals and Clinics quietly began construction of a 75,500-square-foot lab in the old warehouse. The $29 million project […]