“When the first patient came in, it felt very good,” said Carmen Ylitalo of Allina Health.
Buffalo, Minnesota — After a mass shooting in Buffalo nearly eight months ago, Allina Health reopened its newly renovated clinic in Buffalo on Monday.
“This is a very exciting day for her and everyone involved,” David Simonson said. His wife worked in the clinic and was inside during the fatal shooting on February 9.
On Monday morning, Simonson and his son brought flowers and doughnuts to her staff.
“She was really nervous. She took a few days off, went to Duluth to see her daughter, and took some time to wake her up,” Simonson said.
Gregory Ulrich was accused of shooting five people in the clinic as early as February. He was charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder and detonating device.
Although some people questioned his mental state and opiate addiction, Ulrich was found to be able to stand trial in August.
One of the victims-37-year-old medical assistant Lindsay Overbay-died from his injuries.
Employees at Allina Health Clinic – Buffalo Crossroads will be able to visit the site before it reopens on Monday. They have been working in four different locations since the shooting.
“When the first patient came in, it felt really good,” said Carmen Ylitalo, regional director for the Northwest region of the Allina Primary Care Service Line.
According to Illitalo, there was an emotional support dog and two counselors at the scene on Monday.
The renovation project includes improved safety measures. Although Ylitalo said she could not elaborate for safety reasons, she added, “Just this morning, one of our doctors told me that he feels very good about returning to this space and the changes he made. . So it’s true, it’s really comforting.”
The clinic is now brighter and brighter inside. The entire building features local art, including hundreds of golden origami cranes. The buffalo statue outside the clinic represents “the buffalo is strong.” The staff named the buffalo “Phoenix”.
Ilitalo said: “My feeling is that people come here with a lot of determination and hope.”
The parties raised more than $284,000, of which $113,000 was donated to Allina Health’s Caregiver Care Fund, which is dedicated to Allina Health Clinic-Buffalo Crossroads victims and their families.
Anyone who wishes to extend good wishes to the clinic staff can email them to BuffaloCrossroads@Allina.com.