Allina Health will
turn over the keys to the building that formerly housed its Braham clinic to
the East Central Children’s’ Resource Center, a child advocacy organization,
this week. The donation by Allina Health will allow the building to be used as
an advocacy center for abused or neglected children.
Health is pleased to see this building put to use for such a worthy
cause," said Gary Shaw, president of the Cambridge Medical Center.
"When a group led by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office approached us
about the possibility of using our building, we were happy to have it become a
valuable asset for the community."
The building will
be used by the East Central Children’s’ Resource Center to perform forensic
medical examinations for children in coordination with the Midwest Children’s
Resource Center via tele-health. The facility will also be used to assist
children of sexual assault as well as other violent crimes in Isanti, Kanabec,
Pine, Chisago and Mille Lacs County. Currently, children who need to be
interviewed regarding potential abuse need to travel to Minneapolis.
facility in Braham will make a big difference in the lives of the children in
our community who are experiencing very difficult events,” said Julie Gotham,
Executive Director Cambridge Medical Center Foundation." It will also make the
work of law enforcement officials who help with these children a little bit
witness violent crimes such as homicide, domestic violence or other traumatic
events will benefit from this facility close to home. The center will perform
forensic interviews with the children to be used in court, as well as providing
mental health and other support services for the child and their family through
the court process.