Ball raises $240,000 for Women’s & Children’s Services
On April 10, more than 450 guests attended the
Mercy & Unity Hospital Foundation’s 2010 Crystal Ball at
The Courtyards of Andover, where they enjoyed a cocktail
reception, silent and live auctions, musical entertainment and
fabulous food and drink.
The evening’s theme was Hollywood glam – complete with a
red carpet entrance, paparazzi, a complimentary “Pretty in
Pink” cosmopolitan bar and Oscars galore.
The popular annual event raised $240,000, which will
support Women’s and Children’s services at both hospitals this
year. Using funds from the ball Funds, the Family Birth
Centers at Mercy and Unity will be remodeled to bring the
accommodations up to date and create a more serene environment
for mothers and babies.
The hospitals’ Wee Read Program, which promotes early
childhood learning by reading to infants, will receive funds
allowing them to give a special book to each baby born at
Mercy and Unity hospitals this year. Local author and
illustrator Debra Frasier appeared at the event to sign copies
of her award-winning book, On the Day You Were Born.
The Foundation would like to thank the generous sponsors
and tireless volunteers who made this year’s event a
Mark your calendars for next year’s Crystal Ball, which
will take place at a new location: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at
the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park.
and Unity Hospitals Receive National Cancer Care
Mercy and Unity Cancer Centers
have received the 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award from the
Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The
prestigious award recognizes programs that strive for
excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
“Our cancer program provides outstanding care rarely seen
in a community hospital. It’s hard to believe that our cancer
program can be even better, but we are always improving,” said
John Stoltenberg, MD, interim president of Unity Hospital.
“It is the community that really benefits from quality
cancer care close to home,” said Tom O’Connor, president of
Mercy Hospital. “We are fortunate to have a comprehensive
staff and dedicated physicians who work as a team to provide
the best treatment options, information and support for cancer
patients and their families.”
on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award
Cancer centers granted the Commission on Cancer’s
Outstanding Achievement Award demonstrate compliance with
multiple program activities and standards including cancer
committee leadership, cancer data management, research,
community outreach and quality improvement.
In addition, the Commission recognized additional services
provided at both hospitals, such as the Neighbors Caring for
Neighbors program. This program connects patients with
providers who offer massage, healing touch, legal and other
Mercy and Unity Cancer Centers were among 82 award winners,
representing only 8 percent of the 432 programs that were
surveyed in 2009.
For more information about cancer care at
Unity and Mercy hospitals, visit allina.com/cancer.
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Construction
Continues on the Unity Campus
“It’s a dream come
true,” says Connie Fiebiger, RN, patient care director at
Unity Hospital of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute (VPCI)
scheduled to open in the new Fridley Medical Center in late
2010. “We have always had great services, but in
multiple locations on our campus. Now we’ll have even
better services all under one roof, which is a great benefit
When it’s complete, patients and
families will experience a welcoming and healing environment,
in addition to the comprehensive care they need and
deserve. A fireplace, comfortable chairs, a library and
a spa-like atmosphere will provide a healing environment for
patients and families. Doctors and other caregivers will
be able to work efficiently and coordinate their
The center will provide a
full-service oncology clinic, with a variety of patient
services, including genetic counseling, chemotherapy and
specialized holistic therapies and support services.
Radiation therapy services will be available on the Unity
The VPCI will implement a
multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care, meaning that
for each type of cancer, a team that may include medical
oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists,
radiologists and other caregivers will review cases and use
their collective knowledge to create the best treatment plan
for each patient.
These teams, each specializing
in a specific type of cancer, work to provide better outcomes
and faster recoveries. Patients will often be able to
see several of their doctors on the same day in the same
With the VPCI care model, nurse
coordinators help guide patients through their diagnosis,
treatment and continuing care.
coordinators are experienced registered nurses who educate
patients about their cancer, assist them in making
appointments, communicate with doctors and answer their
questions,” says Timothy D. Sielaff, MD, PhD, MBA, fellow of
the American College of Surgeons, president, VPCI. “They
help patients access all of the resources available to
them. These individuals are an extremely valuable
component of our patients’ ongoing experience at the Virginia
Piper Cancer Institute.”
In addition to the new
building and expanded services, visitors will also see
expanded parking lots and a new entry to the campus. New
trees and landscaping will be added to the campus later this
summer to provide a serene, healing environment for hospital’s
neighbors, its patients and their families.
Construction and landscaping are scheduled to be
complete the end of October. An open house celebration will be
held at that time to introduce the new building and services
to the community.