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Allina breaks ground for J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. 04/14/2011--Groundbreaking for the J.A. Wedum residential Hospice took place Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 4 p.m.

On April 13, Allina Hospitals & Clinics broke ground on a 12-bed residential hospice in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. This facility will start serving hospice patients and families from across the Twin Cities in February 2012. This video includes interviews with Gloria Cade, director, Allina Hospice Care; and Chris Downey, MD, with his therapy dog Mister Socks.

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Allina's Home and Community Services division is constructing the new facility adjacent to Allina Medical Clinic - Brooklyn Park at 9300 Noble Parkway North.

"Our community will benefit from the gift of this residential hospice, made possible by the partnership with the J.A. Wedum Foundation, the generous contributions of Allina employees through the Community Giving Campaign, the Allina board of directors and a multitude of corporate and individual donors," said Gayle Mattson, Allina Home & Community Services president.

The J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice will be a 12-bed home for patients who need professional round-the-clock care, when caregiving is no longer possible in their home. It will be a place that allows people to spend their time in the most meaningful way possible, where patients, family and friends are supported, family members are able to focus on the role of being a family member and a place to reconcile and remember. It will be a place where patients can live and die with dignity and peace.

"The mission of hospice care is to relieve physical discomfort and meet the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, while providing support and education for the family and caregivers. This mission, when put into the skilled hands of our caring hospice providers, staff members and volunteers, has deep meaning for the patients and families we serve," said Mattson.

Having the option to die in a home-like setting is preferred by most people. Not everyone has the support or resources available to die at home and there is limited residential hospice capacity in the Twin Cities. Residential hospice experts Weatherbee and Associates concluded that the seven-county metro area is underserved by as many as 60 hospice beds.

There are currently four facilities, each able to serve five to eight patients at a time, resulting in limited choices for hospice patients who are no longer able to stay at home. Too many hospice patients who wish to reside in a hospice residence at the end of their life are not receiving that option.

J.A. Wedum Foundation

The J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice is being built solely with philanthropic dollars from the community. While Allina contributed the land behind Allina Medical Clinic - Brooklyn Park to build the residential hospice on, the architectural design, engineering, consulting and construction as well as equipment, fixtures and furniture are all dependent upon donations to meet this vital community need.

John Wedum was an inspired philanthropist who leveraged every gift his family foundation made with funds raised from the wider community. The J.A. Wedum Foundation honors that legacy with its offer to match the first $2 million in gifts raised from the community, dollar for dollar.

For more about John Wedum and the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice, contact Ron Bagnall, director, Allina Hospice Foundation, at 651-241-5419 or e-mail Ron.Bagnall@allina.com.

About Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Allina Hospitals & Clinics owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics, specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, pharmacies, and allina.com.

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