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Tips for navigating mental health in quarantine

[WCCO-TV, April 25, 2020] There’s no question that dealing with the stresses of the COVID-19 quarantine are taking a toll on everybody. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal talked with WCCO News about the best ways to handle that stress.

Nurse and photographer, she captures her co-workers during the pandemic

[WCCO, April 24, 2020] Emily Koivisto is a critical care nurse at Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. It’s tough work during the coronavirus pandemic. But in her spare times she’s been photographing her colleagues at hospitals around the area, letting them know their work is appreciated.

More COVID-19 testing sites being added

[WCCO-TV, April 24, 2020] With a push to increase COVID-19 testing, more and more sites are becoming available to get testing. Most anyone with a virtus symptom can now get tested, though you’ll need to call ahead to make an appointment. Allina Health Laboratory vice president Heather Dawson talked to WCCO News about the increased […]

Allina Health, Minnesota United blood drive draws hundreds

[WCCO-TV, April 24, 2020] A two day blood drive sponsored by Allina Health and Minnesota United soccer team wrapped up Friday. Hundreds turned out to donate blood that is in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic. Red Cross technicians were on hand to take the donations at the team’s home Allianz Field.

Pulse oximeters are a COVID-19 must have

Pulse oximeters are a COVID-19 must have

[Star Tribune, April 23, 2020] Subtle shifts in the color of blood as it moves through a dense network of blood vessels can be a potent clue that a person has COVID-19, even if other signs of physical problems are absent. That realization has set off a national buying spree for optical medical devices called […]

Getting free bikes to essential workers

[WCCO-TV, April 23, 2020] Allina Health and several other Minnesota organizations are working together to donate bicycles to workers performing essential jobs in the Twin Cities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tia Martinson, of Free Bikes For Kids, told WCCO that her organization has partnered with Allina Health, Quality Bike Products and Slow Roll Twin Cities […]

How Allina Health, Presbyterian Homes created a skilled nursing COVID-19 facility

How Allina Health, Presbyterian Homes created a skilled nursing COVID-19 facility

[Skilled Nursing News, April 16, 2020] Allina Health has built on its existing partnership with Presbyterian Homes & Services, a St. Paul-based provider of senior living and care, to create a COVID-19 cohort in its co-owned Interlude Suites, a 50-bed skilled nursing facility connected to an Allina hospital. The plan provides benefits to both the […]

Mercy Vice President: Hospital ahead of surge planning for COVID-19

Mercy Vice President: Hospital ahead of surge planning for COVID-19

[ABC Newspapers, April 16, 2020] Mercy Hospital is a quiet place these days. “It depends on where you are in the hospital, but for the most part, in the hospital it’s very empty,” said Daniel Steffen, Mercy’s vice president of operations. Like hospitals around the state, Mercy’s Coon Rapids location and its Unity campus in […]

Unsung heroes of COVID-19: Hospital housekeepers

[KSTP-TV, April 15, 2020] Doctors and nurses are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. But right behind them are hospital workers you might never think about—the environmental service aides, housekeepers, who keep everything nice and clean and sterile for providers and patients. KSTP News talked to Jackie Davis, one of those housekeepers at […]

Ambulance providers say they have enough PPE for now; it’s lack of calls that worries them

[MPR News, April 15, 2020] Calls for ambulances have dropped 10 to 40 percent statewide. While sheltering in place has reduced common types of emergency calls across the country, Bruce Hildebrandt, ambulance operations manager for Allina Health EMS and president of the Minnesota Ambulance Association, said he’s worried the decrease in calls means people are […]