Archives for March 2020

[KSTP TV, March 31, 2020]   Bachman’s Floral donated 1,500 flowering plants to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in appreciation of health care workers. KSTP-TV captured the delivery.
March 31, 2020
[KARE 11, March 26, 2020]   Allina Health is hand-assembling face shields to supplement its dwindling supply of manufactured shields that are part the personal protective equipment.
March 26, 2020
[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.
March 25, 2020
[New York Times, March 25, 2020]   Many of the finished masks are going into the Allina Health network of hospitals and clinics in Minnesota, said Helen Strike, who is in charge of Allina’s coronavirus response. She said she worried that the hospital network’s mask supplies could be depleted as the virus spread in Minnesota.
March 25, 2020
[Bloomberg Radio, March 24, 2020]   Allina Health president and CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler talked with Bloomberg Radio about the status of COVID-19 in our service area and what healthcare systems need to wage a successful battle against the virus.
March 24, 2020
[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.
March 23, 2020
[US News & World Report, March 20, 2020]   Young people appear to be at greater risk of serious illness from the coronavirus than initially realized in the U.S. Early reports from China and other countries indicated that older and sicker adults were most at risk for serious complications tied to the virus, which experts believe may have led younger and healthier people to think they had little to personally worry about. But preliminary data out this week shows that among a sample of 508 patients who were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the U.S., fully 38% were between 20 and 54 years old.
March 20, 2020
[Pioneer Press, March 20, 2020]   Dr. Monte Johnson , Vice President of Medical Affairs for St. Francis Hospital in the Allina system, said in a statement: “We know that COVID-19 is not the only illness out in our community, and other health concerns continue to require care and we are committed to providing the right care to those who need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have instituted processes to be sure patients who need our help during this time can access care in a variety of ways, including online and in-person visits.” Read the whole story online here .
March 20, 2020
[NBC News, March 19, 2020]   A Facebook post by resident doctors at Allina Health's Abbott Northwestern Hospital has blown up across the internet. It urges folks to stay and observe social distancing to keep everyone safe.
March 19, 2020
[WCCO Radio, March 14, 2020]   Allina Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Sielaff joined WCCO Radio to provide an update on the latest COVID-19 news. He discussed the availability of testing in Minnesota and when you should ask about getting tested.
March 14, 2020