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[New Ulm Journal, April 09, 2020]   Allina Health is calling for more donated personal protection equipment , money to help caregivers pay their own bills, and food. The initial request for equipment was to have expired on April 5.
April 09, 2020
[Pioneer press, April 05, 2020]   With the coronavirus showing up in congregate living facilities more frequently now, it’s a question increasingly on the minds of those with loved ones living in a nursing home, assisted living center, or similar facility where older residents live together and use common spaces — and where the coronavirus can potentially wreak havoc: Are they safer at home, with me? Maybe, experts, including Dr. Emily Downing , vice president of medical operations, home care and senior care for Allina Health, say — but you need to ask yourself some important questions before deciding that.
April 05, 2020
[Star Tribune, March 31, 2020]   Bachman's Floral, Home & Garden donated 1,500 flowering plants to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in appreciation of the efforts of health care workers responding to the Coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The Star Tribune captured the event in photos.
March 31, 2020
[Star Tribune, March 26, 2020]   Allina Health team members from across the organization volunteered to assemble much-needed face shields to protect health care workers working directly with COVID-19 patients and in the emergency department. The goal is to assemble 10,000 face shields over a two-day period.
March 26, 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
[Pioneer press, March 23, 2020]   In addition to new rules for labor and delivery, pregnant women face changes to clinic visits, in-person access to their doctors and midwives, baby shower cancellations due to social-distancing, and rigid guidelines for keeping themselves and their newborns safe after birth. The changes, and the awareness that more restrictions could be coming, have brought anxiety, disappointment and sadness for many new parents as they lose even more control over a situation where already have little control to begin with, according to local ob-gyns, midwives and other medical professionals.
March 23, 2020
[Pioneer press, March 21, 2020]   Wondering what you can do to help during the COVID-19 crisis? Allina Health has two ideas for you.
March 21, 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
[City Pages, March 18, 2020]   In the Minnesota-Dakotas region, 80 Red Cross blood drives—the equivalent of 2,500 donations—have been canceled. Yet the need for blood is constant .
March 18, 2020
[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.
March 17, 2020