Leading healthcare transformation, updating community health programs and responding to COVID-19 have kept Allina Health busy during the pandemic.
Kelly Spratt, president of Cambridge Medical Center and Buffalo Hospital, both part of Allina Health, provided an update on Cambridge Medical Center and how the medical center is improving its healthcare journey during the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce luncheon held on October 20.
“How can we just take better care of people to keep them healthier and then definitely have services available when people get sick?” Spratt said.
Spratt said that Allina Health is launching an ambitious and transformational initiative to challenge the health care status quo on multiple fronts, called “Our Path to Improvement,” which will focus on:
• New ways of delivering and financing care.
• Meet people where they are.
• Provide continuous and connected care.
• Make care more equitable and inclusive.
One of the ways the clinic has progressed is to use more telehealth, providing transparent and connected care as the number has grown with virtual visits.
“When COVID started, our virtual clinic visits dropped to around 50%. Right now in Cambridge we have about 15% or so, ”Spratt said. “We have challenges in this market with only the broadband and productivity a bit that you are familiar with, but overall the idea is about 25% or more primary care and follow-up visits to it. ‘future will probably end up in this great place. telehealth.
Spratt provided the total number of COVID-19 patients treated at Cambridge Medical Center through October 12:
• 3,134 patients tested or diagnosed with COVID-19 treated at Cambridge hospital, emergency department or clinic.
• 34,568 COVID-19 tests collected at Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge clinics.
• 525 patients received hospital care at Cambridge Medical Center.
• Over 6,218 COVID-19 vaccines administered.
Spratt also provided the total number of COVID-19 patients treated across Allina’s healthcare system through October 12:
• 50,472 patients tested or diagnosed with COVID-19 treated in hospitals, emergency departments or clinics.
• 624,183 COVID-19 tests administered by Allina Health.
• 12,862 patients received hospital care at Allina Health.
• Over 351,682 COVID-19 vaccines administered by Allina Health.
In order to improve and assist the current state of health care, Allina Health System has created new programs to meet patient health care needs by providing inpatient home care and telehealth .
Spratt mentioned that there are two positive benefits that came out of the pandemic in healthcare: who benefited from it, ”Spratt said.
As the pandemic has brought many challenges, it is clear that one challenge includes the loss of many healthcare workers. Spratt said there were around 90 positions open among the Cambridge medical center and clinics. Despite the struggles, Spratt mentions how proud he is of the medical center and clinic staff during this time.
“It has been an amazing trip, and they have been remarkable on this trip and took care of this community with their hard work and continue to show up every day in truly extreme circumstances, and I couldn’t be more proud of ‘them,’ Spratt said. .
Over lunch, PrimeLending’s Rebekah Becker asked Spratt about the availability of rapid COVID-19 testing.
“Regarding the COVID tests here in Allina, aren’t there any rapid tests? Is it still the three-day test and why? Why don’t we have rapid tests? The sooner we can find out, the sooner we can tell others when people have it, so that seems important to me, and I don’t understand why we don’t have it available. Becker said.
Spratt explained the difference between the rapid test and the three-day test.
“So the PCR test, this test lasting more than three days, is a more precise test. Saliva tests show significant variations and false negatives. So we believe that the PCR test is the most accurate way to do it. We have increased our capacity in Cambridge to help make those turnaround times faster, ”said Spratt.