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 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.

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 […]

Minnesota patients anxiously waiting for surgery delayed by COVID-19

[Star Tribune, April 29, 2020] Delays of nonessential surgeries in Minnesota have caused anxious waits for patients needing treatments that sound a lot more serious than the word “elective” might imply. The good news, doctors say, is a delay in the surge of COVID patients combined with an increase in testing capabilities is creating a […]

How Minnesota is lessening the prevalence of COVID-19

[ KMSP Fox 9, April 13, 2020] Minnesota currently has the lowest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country. So why is Minnesota doing so well? Allina Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Sielaff talked to Fox 9 News about that.


[WCCO-TV, April 12, 2020] With COVID-19 infections and deaths still rising, people have many questions about what is ahead. Allina Health’s president of River Falls Area Hospital and Regina Hospital, Helen Strike, talked with WCCO-TV and answered viewer questions about the virus.

What kind of leadership does our nation need?

[CBS, April 12, 2020] “Sunday Morning” Special Contributor Ted Koppel asks three leaders from disparate fields , including Allina Health President and CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler, them about the most important elements of leadership, and what our nation seeks out in a time of crisis. Dr. Wheeler is a gynecologist and obstetrician who now runs […]

COVID-19 pandemic economic impact

[KMSP Fox 9, April 11, 2020] The order for hospitals to eliminate elective surgeries and other non-emergent care, hospital finances have been crippled causing health systems to furlough some employees. Allina Health Senior Vice President for Human Resources Christine Moore talked with Fox 9 News about what that means at her system. WCCO-TV News also […]