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Allina Health Hospice Foundation
The mission of the Allina Health Hospice Foundation is to support programs that touch patients and families in end-of-life situations and, in doing so, bring peace, dignity and comfort 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Allina Health Hospice is the largest not-for-profit hospice in Minnesota, serving over 4,000 patients and family members a year in the Twin Cities and 28 surrounding counties. We provide over 48,000 visits a year.
With the help of donations we can fulfill our mission to provide quality, compassionate care regardless of individual's insurance coverage or ability to pay for services. Your tax deductible gift, at any level, will be gratefully appreciated by the many people served.
Now open: J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice
The J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice opened its doors to the community and began caring for residents in February 2012.
Hospice care stories
A place to reflect. To share. To remember. To live.
The J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice opened its doors to the public in February. One of its first patients was Carry Wong.
J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice
Bob Chandler: The greatest single development in medical care is hospice, to allow people to die with dignity and with the lack of pain and with the support that is needed for the family.
Moderator: If you or a loved one were approaching the end of life, how would you choose to spend this precious time? Most people wish to die at home, surrounded by family and friends or within a home like setting, in a residential hospice.
Kim Buhr: Well my grandpa was 97, when he passed away and he knew he was deteriorating obviously, because he made the choice to go into hospice, but he was happy there. You could see it in his face, he was so appreciative. You know the inevitable is coming, you just make that time as enjoyable as possible and I think we accomplished that. I mean I have no regrets whatsoever.
Janell Kraus: When my father first found out that we were going to admit him into hospice, he was really scared and he wanted us to take him home to my childhood home, where he raised all three of us girls. We were very scared to take dad home and we said no, and he ended up dying in the hospital setting and we, to this day we regret that we couldn't have a hospice house to bring him to.
Moderator: Each and everyday, Allina Health Hospice professionals help patients live fully during their last months of life, in dignity, comfort and according to their wishes. This hospice care also helps their loved ones in many ways, including respite care and grief guidance.
Bob Chandler: The minute you find out somebody's dying and particularly if that someone is your spouse and your best friend, and the only person you ever dated and all of a sudden you realize you're going to lose the center of your life – that was devastating. And hospice helped us know what to expect, supported us physically to give Kathy the kind of treatment she deserved. It was indispensable.
Moderator: Unfortunately today the Twin Cities lacks adequate residential hospice resources, by as many as 60 beds. This means anyone of us or anyone we love may have no other choice then to spend their last days in a hospital or a nursing home.
Kim Buhr: Think about your mother or your dad and if you found tomorrow that they're dying, you want to put them in the best place possible. It's not probably a hospital. It's probably not a nursing home. It's some home like facility whether or not it be that individual's home or a facility that creates that environment, because that's what's enriching at the end of your life.
Moderator: The Allina Health Hospice Foundation needs your help to make a dream come true. The building of a new J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice.
Don Grossbach: All patients, all people should have a choice towards their end of life, when they know the outcome is going to be. I feel that the patients should be in the position of deciding for themselves what kind of care they want to have.
Moderator: The J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice is feasible, because of donated land in Brooklyn Park and a generous matching grant from the J.A. Wedum Foundation, established in honor of John Wedum, a grateful Allina Health Hospice patient. During the 2009 Community Giving Campaign, Allina Health employees donated more than $350,000.00.
Don Grossbach: It's just a phenomenal thing that we have so many employees and so many caring people that work for Allina Health that are willing to extend themselves for our hospice patients.
Janell Kraus: I gave in 2009, because I thought the cause was so important having lost a loved one and I will most definitely give in 2010 again, because I feel it's every bit as important if not more.
Moderator: This year's 2010 Community Giving Campaign seeks your help to cross the finish line. Every dollar you donate will be matched by the Wedum Foundation dollar for dollar. This gesture essentially doubles the impact of your donation. By contributing to the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice, you are helping ensure patients and families have a choice in where they will spend their final precious moments together.
Don Grossbach: There are so many opportunities for giving and so many needy organizations. If we can help to build this facility with Allina Health name on it, we are going to be extending ourselves to a community in ways that no other organization can do.
The Allina Health dream of providing a home away from home for patients at the end of life has come true with the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice. However, it's a dream that will be out of reach for some.
The Allina Health goal is to provide end-of-life care regardless of a patient's financial situation. The Wedum Hospice Compassion Fund has been established to help patients who need a residential hospice, but can't afford it.
Why we need support
Allina Health Hospice:
The eleventh annual Allina Health Hospice Benefit will take place on Friday, May 9, 2014, at the McNamara Alumni Center. All proceeds will benefit the Honoring Veterans Fund and the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice.Purchase a ticket or sponsorship here. Allina Health employees and volunteers, click here.
Can't attend? Make a gift to Allina Health Hospice here.
For more information, please contact Sarah Bretl by email or phone at 651-241-5460.
A special thank you to our 2013 sponsors:
Venetia and Robert Kudrle
Care Connection Thrift Store
All of the items sold are donated, resulting in 100 percent profit toward home care and hospice programs in the Hutchinson and Glencoe area.
Ways to give
Income producing gifts
Other planned giving opportunities
Allina Health Hospice Foundation welcomes outright gifts as well as deferred gifts. As you review the different ways to give, remember that your tax-deductible donation can be designated to a particular area of interest or left unrestricted for use where need is greatest.
Give now online
Make a gift to the Allina Health Hospice Foundation online. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club or Discover.
Call Allina Health Hospice Foundation at 651-241-5460. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.
Make your personal or company check out to Allina Hospice Foundation and mail with a completed donation form to:
Allina Health Hospice Foundation
Many donations are graciously given by individuals in memory of loved ones who have died or in honor of a living person.
If you are sending a memorial or honor gift, please include on the note that the gift is in memory/honor of, along with the name and address of loved one of deceased or address of the one honored so that we can send them a letter telling them of your donation. All donations are confirmed by mail with a thank you letter acting as your receipt for tax purposes.
All memorial/honor tributes are acknowledged to the family or individual. Contribution amounts are not disclosed to the family or individual.
Our mail in donation form includes space to designate a gift in the memory or honor of someone special.
Double or triple your gift! One of the smartest ways to increase your giving is through a matching gift program, where a company or corporate foundation will match donations which you make to us. The following information will help you make the most of your charitable contributions:
A gift annuity is a simple contract between a donor and Allina Health. In exchange for the donor's contribution, Allina Health promises to make fixed payments for life to one or two individuals. Payments are not affected by the ups and downs of the economy. There are many financial benefits to gift annuities. To learn more, please contact Allina Health Hospice Foundation director, Ron Bagnall at 651-241-5419 or Ron.Bagnall@allina.com.
Will and estate gifts
Remembering the Allina Health Hospice Foundation in your will or estate plans is a lasting tribute to ensure that others may have access to the very best end-of-life care. Your gift will provide peace, dignity and comfort to patients at a time when it matters most.
Share this sample language with your attorney: I give to the Allina Health Hospice Foundation, an operating division of the Allina Associated Foundation, a Minnesota non-profit corporation located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, __ percent of my residuary estate (or the sum of $___) to be used as the Board of Trustees of the Allina Health Hospice Foundation shall determine.
For more information, call the Allina Health Hospice Foundation at 651-241-5419.
IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status number: 27-4116873
Board and staff
Allina Health Hospice Foundation staff
Ron Bagnall - foundation director
Sarah Bretl - development specialist
Leslie Johnson - development associate
Candy Fischer - development assistant
Allina Health Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees