Today, the North Suburban Hospital District (NSHD) announced Allina Health is exercising its option to purchase the Unity Hospital building and land, consistent with the longstanding lease between the NSHD and Allina Health.
“This is a significant milestone for both the North Suburban Hospital District and Allina Health,” said Gerald Maeckelbergh, board chair, NSHD. “For the past 50 years, Allina Health and its predecessors have partnered with the North Suburban Hospital District to build a great health campus and improve the overall health of the communities we represent. We agree that there is no longer a need to levy taxes to support the hospital, and we should allow Allina Health to continue to invest in the Unity campus and community on its own.”
Under the 1963 law that established the bonding authority for the NSHD, the Unity facility could be leased and the operator of the hospital (Allina Health) was provided an option to purchase the hospital upon payment of the outstanding bond amounts. Allina Health has completed payment of the principal and interest due on the bonds over the years and invested millions more in capital improvements, as well as paying all the costs of operating the facility. As the current leaseholder, Allina Health is stepping forward to purchase the building and property, with ownership transferred from NSHD to Allina Health.
Last spring, Allina Health announced plans to combine operations of Unity Hospital with Mercy Hospital to become one hospital with two campuses in Coon Rapids and Fridley. The former Unity Hospital was renamed “Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus” on January 1, 2017. The Unity campus in Fridley offers hospital services, like emergency services and medical and surgical care, along with mental health and addiction services.
“This is an exciting time for Allina Health and the Unity campus,” said Sara Criger, senior vice president, North Region, Allina Health. “The members of the North Suburban Hospital District have been fearless advocates for the health of the community, partnering with us on many initiatives that have allowed Unity to become one of the best hospitals in Minnesota. We are thankful for the vision of the community leaders who established Unity more than 50 years ago and to the ongoing support of the local community members.”
After the transaction is completed, Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus will remain committed to working closely with the communities it serves to provide the health care needs of the area well into the future. The hospital and staff will continue to provide a variety of health services on the campus, including emergency services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care and outpatient services such as lab, therapies and radiology. As one of the largest hospitals in the Twin Cities area, the Unity campus serves more than 150,000 patients on a yearly basis.
About North Suburban Hospital District
The North Suburban Hospital District (NSHD) is an independent government body formed more than 50 years ago to support construction of a hospital in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area. It represents five communities: Blaine, Fridley, Hilltop, Mounds View and Spring Lake Park.