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Abbott Northwestern Hospital hosts ceremony to launch Emergency Department renovations

MINNEAPOLIS 08/07/2015

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, a part of Allina Health, has received a $3 million dollar gift from the Rod and Barbara Burwell family to support the hospital's critical care campaign and the estimated $28 million redesign of the hospital’s Emergency Department.

The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation will host an event for the new Emergency Department on Tuesday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to noon on Abbott Northwestern Founder's Mall located at 800 E. 28th Street in Minneapolis. The ceremony will include remarks, a ceremonial "wall breaking," and lunch.

The Abbott Northwestern Emergency Department (ED) serves 50,000 people annually with 40 percent of all hospital admissions coming through the ED. The renovated ED will provide faster triage for critically ill patients, expanded spaces for mental health crisis care, greater readiness for community-wide emergencies, and integrative care in an aesthetically healing environment. Once renovations are complete, the ED anticipates serving 60,000 people annually.

The late Rod Burwell and his wife Barbara Burwell donated $3 million to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation for the renovations of the ED. The Burwell family is most widely known for their work with Burwell Enterprises as well as their philanthropic work. Burwell is grateful for the excellent care the hospital provided her family, and hopes that this gift will encourage others to give.

About Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital is part of Allina Health. In addition to retaining its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 best hospital rankings, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.

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, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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