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For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Gloria O'Connell, 612-863-4801, Allina Health and Sue Warner, 763-520-0263, Courage Center

   
   

Allina Health gives merged Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute a new name

MINNEAPOLIS 05/29/2013--Allina Health announced today that the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, becomes effective on June 1, 2013.

Jaime Anderson benefitted from Courage Center and Sister Kenny

Jaime Anderson had a massive stroke when she was only 25 years old. Her story of recovery starts at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - United Hospital and continues at Courage Center. It's a great example of how Courage Center and Sister Kenny already work together to rebuild lives. Read Jaime's story on couragecenter.org.

Since the approval of the merger by the respective boards in March, a brand study was completed and teams are working to guide the transition. Based on study results, a new name has been determined for the combined entity: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute will be a clinical service line of Allina Health, encompassing health care services, community-based services, innovation, research and public policy.

"By knitting together all the segments of care, we will create a unique model that will make a difference in the communities we serve," said Penny Wheeler, MD, chief clinical officer for Allina Health.

"We believe this new model can improve health outcomes, make it easier for people to get the right services for their needs and reduce the total cost of care by preventing complications," said Jan Malcolm, CEO of Courage Center. Malcolm will serve as interim president of the Courage Kenny Foundation as well as vice president of public affairs for Allina Health, as of June 1, 2013.

The Courage Foundation and Sister Kenny Foundation will be combined into a single, merged foundation, to be named Courage Kenny Foundation. It will support the continuum of care through philanthropy, enabling this integrated clinical service line to invest in programs and services to improve the health of the patients and clients served.

As of June 1, 2013:

  • New logos will begin to replace existing logos of both Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. A full brand rollout will be phased in over the next 12 to 18 months.
  • Courage Center employees will become Allina Health employees.

Full integration is expected to take 24 to 36 months.

About Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

A clinical service line of Allina Health, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Our goal is to improve health outcomes, make it easier for clients and families to get the right services for their needs, and reduce costs by preventing complications.

Courage Center, begun in 1928, and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, opened in 1942, were both founded to bridge a gap in services for people with disabilities.

For more information on our combined services and locations visit our websites: allinahealth.org/sisterkenny or couragecenter.org.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.

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