Allina Health EMS

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 […]

Big snows mean narrower city streets

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 21, 2019] If you’ve driven in city streets recently you’ve noticed streets narrowing as plow don’t get close to the curbs. That’s making tough for drivers, especially ambulances and fire trucks, to get through. Fox 9 News talked to Allina Health EMS operations manager Jeff Lanenberg about how they’re managing.

Father-daughter EMS duo makes saving lives a family business

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20, 2019] For a father-daughter duo in the north Twin Cities metro area, helping others and saving lives is something of a family business. The remarkable pair, Bill Griep and Alycia Simons, are members of Allina’s Emergency Medical Service based in Cambridge. They have more than 50 combined years of experience […]

Mark Reina and family.

Allina Health paramedic uses military experience to save lives

[Isanti County News, Nov. 7, 2018] For veteran and Allina Health paramedic Mark Reina, a career in emergency medical services wasn’t something he anticipated while growing up, but it has become something he’s grown to love. After spending his childhood in a rural area of upstate New York, Reina knew he wanted to escape the […]

Allina Health EMS ready for 4th of July

[KSTP-TV, July 4, 2018] On a holiday like the 4th of July, most folks are spending time with family and enjoying the celebrations. But for Allina Health EMS paramedics and EMTs it’s another work day that can bring some special concerns. KSTP News rode along on this 4th to see what happens.