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Preserving precious PPE supplies

[WCCO-TV, March 30, 2020] As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, hospitals are working to stretch their short supply of personal protective equipment, mainly masks, for their healthcare workers. Allina Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Sielaff talked with WCCO News about that effort.

Community surprises Allina Health cancer patient with bell ringing send-off

[KARE 11, March 30, 2020] Surprise parties are nearly impossible to achieve in these times of social distancing, but a Northfield community found a way to pull off an unforgettable send-off on Tuesday, for a beloved neighbor battling brain cancer. Barb Barlau, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in January.  Several […]

Senior citizens feeling ‘blamed’ for coronavirus

{KARE 11, March 30, 2020] Larry Struck knows he’s not your typical 71-year-old with extra active lifestyle, but as a citizen of the senior-sort, he knows he’s kind of in the bullseye right now. There’s been no shortage of news stories talking about how COVID-19 is affecting our older population more adversely. That, Larry worries, […]

Allina Health doctor answers WCCO-TV viewer questions

[WCCO-TV, March 29, 2020] Dr. Ryan Else, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital, joined WCCO-TV Sunday night to answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

Allina Health volunteers work to assemble 10,000 face shields during coronavirus crisis

[KARE 11, March 26, 2020] Allina Health is assembling face shields by hand to supplement its dwindling supply of manufactured shields that are part the personal protective equipment that helps protect nurses and doctors while treating suspected and diagnosed COVID-19 patients. The Pioneer Press and Star Tribune also reported on this work.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital builds capacity for expected COVID-19 surge

[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020] Hospitals are concerned about their ability to handle the expected surge in COVID-19 patients that everyone fears is coming. At Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital, they have, in a matter of days, quadrupled the number of intensive care beds that could accept those patients. Fox 9 News also reported on this […]

Allina Health fast-tracks telemental heath appointments due to coronavirus

[KSTP-TV, March 25, 2020] From her home office, Dr. Cheryl Bemel, a psychologist with Allina Health, is continuing to see patients, just in a different way now. “I use a headset when I’m speaking to them so it’s actually like a virtual TV show where they see me in real time, and I see them […]

How social distancing can bring people together

[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020] There is good that’s coming from the current state of isolation. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Cheryl Bemel says tools video conferencing are good for mental health. When you talk with someone on the phone it’s not the same as when you can see them in person; you can’t see their expressions. […]

How effective are handmade face masks?

[KSTP-TV, March 23, 2020] Health systems including Allina Health have asked the public to make and donate handmade face masks because of a shortage of manufactured face masks. But some have questioned whether handmade face masks are effective. Allina Health COVID-19 System Commander Helen Strike explained how these masks would be used.

Allina Health chief medical officer provides COVID-19 update

[KMSP Fox 9, March 23, 2020] The information about the COVID-19 virus is rapidly changing. This morning Allina Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Sielaff talked to Fox 9 News about the latest.