Allina Health EMS

Allina Health paramedic works magic in the back of his ambulance

[KSTP-TV, August 28, 2019] Allina Health Paramedic Ivan Mazurkiewicz runs on emergencies all over the north metro. And, in many cases, the most potent medicine might be in a little black bag he carries. “I have lots of decks of cards, coins, balls,” Mazurkiewicz said. A professional paramedic and an amateur magician, Mazurkiewicz finds a way […]

Quick response by first responders saves airport heart attack victim

[KMSP Fox 9, August 26, 2019] When a passenger keeled over with a sudden cardiac arrest at MSP International Airport recently, fast action by first responders and the use of sophisticated new equipment saved his life. Allina Health EMS medical director Dr. Charles Lick explained it was speed and teamwork that saved the man’s life.

Allina Health paramedic Ivan Mazurkiewicz uses magic tricks in the back of his ambulance to soothe his youngest patients. (Star Tribune photo)

Allina Health paramedic works magic — literally — when responding to emergencies involving kids

[Star Tribune, August 16, 2019] Ivan Mazurkiewicz knows there will never be a typical day on his job. As a paramedic for Allina Health, he might be called to assist an older adult who’s taken a bad fall, before rushing to the home of someone else going into cardiac arrest. But it’s children whose medical […]

Allina Health Paramedic Ivan Mazurkiewicz received the Allina Health Commitment to Care Award for his efforts to calm pediatric patients with his magic.

Ambulance Magic: Connecting with pediatric patients

[Epoch Times, August 12, 2019] Riding in the back of an ambulance can be a traumatic experience, especially for children. It can also be hard on the paramedics responsible for treating the patient on the way to the hospital. One first responder had a harrowing experience treating a child, and now he’s connecting with his […]

Learn how to save a life with CPR

[KARE 11, June 4, 2019] National CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1 to June 7. Dustin Hadley is an Allina Health EMS paramedic and cardiac arrest survivor who says he was saved by CPR. Dustin walked KARE 11 through the steps necessary to save a life with proper CPR techniques. The American Heart […]

Therapy dog helps Allina Health EMS workers deal with stress

[KMSP Fox 9, April 25, 2019] Therapy dogs are becoming more common in a variety of school and workplace settings. At Allina Health, they’re testing out a new program for their EMS division to help those first responders deal with the immense stress they see on a daily basis. Evie the goldendoodle may only be […]

New Minnesota-made CPR tool helps save lives by elevating patients’ torsos

[KMSP Fox 9, April 18, 2018] There’s a new CPR tool on the market for first responders that’s manufactured in Minnesota. Only a few places are using it as part of a research project, including two fire departments in the Twin Cities metro area. Doctors say the device will save more lives and help patients […]

New Allina Health 911 dispatcher training puts emphasis on mental health

[KMSP Fox 9, April 17, 2019] A first of its kind in Minnesota mental health training program for 911 dispatchers is trying to bring a more holistic approach to de-escalating people in crisis. Allina Health Emergency Medical Services is the first in the state to have all their employees certified. Traditional training for most 911 […]

A Q&A with Allina Health EMS’s Brian LaCroix, president of the National EMS Management Association

[Journal of Emergency Medical Services, April 17, 2019] Brian LaCroix is the president of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), an organization for leaders representing all service models. Brian recently retired from his role as president and EMS chief for Allina Health EMS, a hospital-based system with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving more than […]

EMT shortage prompts Allina Health to launch own training academy

[WCCO-TV, March 20, 2019] Both here and across the country, it’s getting harder for EMS services to fill the vacancies among its EMT and paramedics ranks brought on by retirements and a tight labor pool. “Across the country, we’re seeing not as many people taking on EMT jobs and paramedic jobs,” said Joan Mellor, director […]