Sanford Health

Catching up with RN Melanie Allen on a COVID unit

Sanford Medical Center, a 284-bed hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, has been very transparent about its battle to keep COVID-19 patients alive. The medical center gave access to the Grand Forks Herald for video segments of what the COVID ward is like for the doctors and nurses who work there.

A nurse featured in this three-piece series is someone known to many North Shore residents, Melanie Allen. Melanie lived in Cook County for many years and earned her nursing degree through the Cook County Higher Education program.

To see the video shared on the Grand Forks Herald, click here: The trials and triumphs of health care workers on Sanford Health’s COVID-19 unit

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Melanie about this experience and what she would say to someone who isn’t worried about getting the virus. Here’s their conversation.