A patient surge is coming, and then maybe another. Health officials just don’t know when.

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Dr. Alison Peterson, V.P. Medical Affairs, United Hospital

[Pioneer press, March 17, 2020] When is surge one, and are we doing enough to “flatten the curve” and avoid, or at least lessen the impact of, surge two?

“We don’t know at this point,” said Dr. Alison Peterson, a vice president of medical affairs at United Hospital in St. Paul. “We just don’t know.”

But Allina Health—United’s parent company—isn’t taking chances.

Since late February, Peterson has assumed the position of operations chief within the health network’s new incident command center in Minneapolis, where executive decisions are being made to free up hospital beds and prepare for the worst.

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