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  • What guides the work of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing?

    In this video, leaders of the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing describe what guides their work as they use a holistic approach focused on the mind, body and spirit.

  • A national leader

    Founded in 2003, the Penny George Institute is the largest integrative health center embedded in a health system in the country.

    We are a national leader in holistic care, and we are part of Allina Health, the largest health system in Minnesota.

    We have helped tens of thousands of individuals on their path to health or healing through our clinics, fitness center and services for hospitalized patients.

    Our mission and approach

    The Penny George Institute's mission is combining leading medical practice with ancient healing wisdom to optimize health and wellness in the whole person—mind, body and spirit.

    Our programs and services are grounded in a holistic, integrative health approach. This means our providers:

    • focus on the mind, body and spirit
    • promote health through education, coaching, self-care and wellness practices
    • tap into the body's natural healing capabilities
    • involve individuals as empowered partners

    Our name

    We were founded at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as the "Institute for Health and Healing" by the George Family Foundation and the Ted and Roberta Mann Foundation.

    In 2008, we were renamed the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing to honor integrative health philanthropist Penny George.

    George is a national leader in advocating for integrative health. Her passion in this area stems from her own recovery from breast cancer, and she credits integrative health as providing a foundation for her recovery. Through her experience, she discovered the power of integrative health and the need for a more holistic approach in conventional medicine.

    She has said, "Integrative health has the potential to fundamentally change the face of health care today. The institute is a philosophical and clinical manifestation of that promise."

  • Community program


    Healthy Communities Partnership

    Learn about this three-year program to screen, assess and improve the health of 13 communities with 150,000 residents in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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