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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Employees give generously to Abbott Northwestern

Abbott Northwestern Hospital employees at the Ice Cream Social kick-off event.

This year's Community Giving Campaign, chaired by Ben Bache-Wiig, MD, Abbott Northwestern's president, successfully raised more than $292,000—a 16 percent increase from 2010.

"This is an important sign to our community that those who work in our hospital, our employees who provide excellent patient care and staff support, are also willing to share their gifts with Abbott Northwestern and our community partners," said Richard Meyer, president of the Foundation.

At Abbott Northwestern, employee giving focused on two areas: the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and Mental Health Services, each receiving more than $25,000.

One employee, a registered nurse with Abbott Northwestern's Mental Health and Park House, gave at the gold level, which is equivalent to 1 to 1.49 hours of paid time off per pay period. "I am very proud of the work that Abbott Northwestern does for people with HIV/AIDS and mental health issues," he said. "I also recognize our quality of care depends on volunteers and donors, and I feel good being part of that. I believe in the power of the Community Giving Campaign and if employees just give whatever is comfortable for them, it can add up to have a tremendous impact."

Across Allina Hospitals & Clinics, employees donated more than $1.6 million to Allina programs and foundations, local United Way organizations and other nonprofits. The system-wide spotlight of cancer care coordination for all sites by 2012 garnered $342,000. A $200,000 challenge gift from the Piper family and $100,000 from an anonymous donor added to the cancer care total of $642,000. Overall, it was a tremendous effort and a record-setting year with more than 22 percent of employees participating.