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Dr. Robert Quickel answers your COVID-19 questions

[WCCO-TV, May 17, 2020] Are cloth face masks really effective? What are we learning from the increased COVID testing in Minnesota? Allina Health Vice President for Medical Operations, Dr. Robert Quickel, joined WCCO News to answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

Elective surgeries resume

[KMSP Fox 9, May 12, 2020] Gov. Walz executive order has allowed elective surgeries to resume in Minnesota. At Allina Health an estimated 8,000 surgeries have been put on hold since the freeze on elective surgeries began in March. Allina Health Vice President for Medical Operations, Dr. Robert Quickel, says careful precautions have been taken […]

Allina Health provides mental health resources online for COVID-19 stress

[WCCO-TV, May 10, 2020] There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding stress to our daily live. But how we deal with it depends on each individual. Susan Nygaard, manager of community health improvement at Allina Health, talked with WCCO-TV News about stress and the free tools Allina Health provides online to help manage […]

Making it easier for moms on Mother’s Day

[KARE 11, May 9, 2020] Mother’s Day is coming at the perfect time to remind us of all the extra work moms are doing during the pandemic. KARE 11 News talked with Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso about what we can do for our moms.

Allina Health President Dr. Penny Wheeler on Bloomberg Radio

[Bloomberg Radio, May 8, 2020] Allina Health president and CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler talked with Bloomberg Radio about the status of COVID-19 in our service area and about the planning healthcare systems are doing to prepare for the expected COVID-19 surge.

How to make Mother’s Day special amid the pandemic

[WCCO-TV, May 7, 2020] This Mother’s Day will be like no other. No big family gatherings or dinners out. And on top of that, the extra pressures of having kids at home makes it extra challenging for moms. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso about how to make mom feel special this year.

Ready to safely resume elective surgeries at Allina Health

[KSTP-TV, May 6, 2020] An executive order from Gov. Tim Walz will allow elective surgeries to resume in Minnesota next Monday, May 11. Allina Health chief medical officer Dr. Tim Sielaff says Allina Health is carefully preparing for that work to begin.

Elective surgeries to resume Monday

[KMSP Fox 9, May 5, 2020] Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order Tuesday allowing elective surgeries to restart on May 11. The executive order provides a roadmap for safely restarting elective surgeries. Starting next week, doctors, dentists, and veterinarians who create a plan to keep patients and healthcare professionals safe may begin offering these procedures […]

Allina Health, Free Bikes 4 Kidz donate bikes to Isanti County foster kids

[KSTP-TV, May 4, 2020] More than 30 foster kids in Isanti County now have bikes to ride to ride this spring thanks to a donation of bikes and helmets to the Isanti County Family Service. Allina Health and Free Bikes 4 Kidz collected donated bikes last fall and refurbished them for kids in need.

Use of Allina Health mental health and wellness tools to help kids at home jumps 160%

Use of Allina Health mental health and wellness tools to help kids at home jumps 160%

[Owatonna People’s Press, May 1, 2020] The use of Allina Health’s Change to Chill and Health Powered Kids websites has increased dramatically since Minnesota schools were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free sites provide tools for teens to manage stress and lessons for younger children on nutrition, physical fitness and mind-body balance. […]