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Healthy Communities Magazine
Healthy Communities Magazine is the Allina Health South Region community health magazine, representing Owatonna Hospital, Owatonna Pharmacy Care, and Home & Community Services (Home Medical & Durable Equipment and Home Care & Hospice). This 16-page, 4-color publication reaches more than 20,000 homes in Steele County and nearby communities three times per year.
In every issue, readers will learn how Allina Health hospitals, clinics and other care services are working to serve the health care needs of people throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin — and in our own communities here. We hope you find helpful tips to empower you to live your healthiest life.
For copies of Healthy Communities Magazine articles or issues, contact us online or call 507-977-2330.
Community health assessments
What does health look like in our community? Take a look at what area residents said about what is -- and is not -- working, and how we can promote community health.
Investing in community health
Allina Health makes contributions to organizations that help promote good health in the Northfield and Faribault communities.
Speaker's Bureau program
The Speaker’s Bureau is a complimentary service offered to community groups within Steele County. Our speakers are health care professionals who enjoy spreading the word about wellness and promoting the health of our community.
Community Giving Campaign
Employee volunteers reap double rewards
Whether it’s making blankets for patients in the hospital or sharing your time with another, volunteers are an active and influential part of Owatonna Hospital’s culture.
The staff at Owatonna Hospital do more than provide care for their patients. They are also committed to ensuring the health of this community through supporting Allina Health annual Community Giving Campaign, which helps raise money for the United Way of Steele County and the Owatonna Hospital Foundation.
Our Community Giving Campaign participation compares favorably to other local health care organizations by offering giving options to meet everyone's needs. Employees can give to critical Allina Health programs through our Foundations, or to the United Way or any 501 organizations.
Owatonna Hospital's Community Giving Campaign is a powerful testament to the ways in which hospital employees care for our patients, our communities and each other. As an organization, our employees are caring people who invest back into the community and are dedicated to the mission of Allina Health.
Heart Safe Communities Project
Heart Safe Communitiesis an initiative to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Owatonna Hospital and Allina Health are placing automatic external defibrillators (AED) in public facilities like schools, senior centers, libraries, and government buildings, as well as to provide training to help community members respond to sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, striking more than 450,000 people a year. The most effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is an electric shock to the heart, called defibrillation. This "shock" is administered by an AED.
How you can help
As part of the program, Owatonna Hospital is raising funds to place AEDs in Steele County. To date, 34 AEDs have been placed with one more pending.
Through this initiative, nonprofit organizations and public government buildings are given an opportunity to purchase an AED at half-price ($1,100). More than 20 Owatonna locations have been identified by the Heart Safe Committee and will receive top priority. AEDs will be placed as funds have been raised. Nonprofits that are not listed but request an AED at half-price will be on a first-come, first-serve basis as the necessary funds can be raised.
With a gift of at least $1,100, the organization will be recognized with a plaque next to the AED storage cabinet. The purchase of each AED package includes training in use of the device, as well as a wall mount cabinet, a site assessment, medical prescription and oversight of the program.
To make a donation to support defibrillators in your community, specify which community and/or location you are supporting and mail your donation to: Owatonna Hospital Foundation, 2250 NW 26th Street, Owatonna, MN 55060 or call 507-977-2562.
Current donors and donations