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Community partnerships

Unity Hospital is highly involved in improving the health of the community we serve. As part of our efforts to care for patients and their families, we form community partnerships to improve the health of the community around the hospital.

A dedicated staff works regularly with a wide range of organizations on a variety of activities that reach outside our hospital and into the community. Through these activities, we not only improve the quality of life in our communities, we also help prevent medical problems from becoming serious.

Together, as neighbors and partners, we work to make our community a healthier place to live.

Faith Community Nurse Program

Upcoming event

Faith Community Nurses offer memory screening

Concerned about memory problems? On May 3 nurses from Mercy and Unity hospitals will provide screening as part of an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

The Faith Community Nurse Program provides care for the spiritual, emotional and physical dimensions of healthcare for individuals and families. The program is a partnership of Unity Hospital and faith communities in the north metro area. Participation is open to all faiths.

The Faith Community Nurse Program offers:

  • Personal health counseling - confidential listening, presence and prayer are at the heart of discussing health issues. Personal visits are made in homes, hospitals and other facilities.
  • Health education - educational workshops and materials to promote a better understanding of the relationship of one's lifestyle, attitudes and faith to wholeness.
  • Volunteer facilitation - connection to volunteers within the faith community such as a Care Team, BeFriender or Stephen's Minister.
  • Spiritual care - as it relates to an individual's life circumstances. Encourages the use of faith practices that are meaningful to an individual.

For more about the Faith Community Nurse Program, please email Lyla Pagels, RN, coordinator, or call 763-236-4342.

What is a faith community nurse?

A faith community nurse is an experienced registered nurse who understands and is committed to wholeness as it relates to health. Combining ministry and nursing, faith community nurses work with clergy, congregational staff, the health committee and other ministries in the faith community to address and respond to the unique needs within that community.

Our mission is to improve the health of our community by leading collaborative activities involving faith communities, county or community agencies and hospitals.

Unity Community Gardens

Fresh bell peppers, carrots and tomatoes sit next a wooden basket in a garden. Plant your own garden at Unity Hospital this summer

The May to October 2012 growing season has started at Unity Community Gardens.

Enjoy the outdoors, connect with your community and bring freshly grown, healthy food into your home.

Unity Hospital is pleased to offer community garden plots for local residents and hospital employees. The Unity Community Gardens has 62 plots, measuring 15 feet by 20 feet each. It is available to gardeners from late-May until October.

The gardens are not-for-profit. Rental fees collected are used to till the land every spring, pay for water and pay for the irrigation system that was installed when the gardens were created. Fees for the 2012 growing season are:

  • $35 for employees and residents of Fridley, Blaine Hilltop, Mounds View and Spring Lake Park
  • $40 for non-residents
  • $5 discount for seniors

For questions about the Unity Community Gardens, email, or call 763-236-3282.

Health Perspectives

Health Perspectives Magazine is a special supplement to the Sun Focus Newspapers.

Each issue is inserted into the Sun Focus and distributed to 33,967 homes in Blaine, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Mounds View and New Brighton.