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Advancing a legacy ofcaring

In 2016, Mercy Hospital Foundation launched a three-year capital campaign, “Advancing a Legacy of Caring,” to help fund growth on the Mercy Hospital campuses. The Foundation has pledged to raise $8.6 million to bring health and healing to our North Metro neighbors, friends and families. Project overview includes:

  • Combining adult inpatient mental health and addiction services onto the Unity campus and creation of Allina Health’s first all private room 40-bed adult mental health unit.
  • Major improvements to the Mercy Hospital Coon Rapids campus, including:
    • Infrastructure renovation and expansion—sterile processing facilities, kitchen, laboratory services and parking ramp.
  • Critical care renovation and expansion—intensive care unit (ICU), operating suites, pre- and post-operating areas, patient and family waiting areas, orthopedic unit and emergency department. 

For more information, see Advancing a Legacy of Caring.   

Surgical care

To better meet the needs of our community, Mercy Hospital updated their surgical services, including expanded surgical suites, pre- and post-operating areas and surgical supply storage area. By expanding our surgical suites, more types of procedures can take place in each room, and the rooms can accommodate additional robotic surgical equipment. This means more patients can have procedures done sooner with greater results. Learn more by watching the video below.

The ICE saves lives. The essence of the ICU is that no matter what happens, we pull together as a team and we do what we need to do.

My wife was ill and we brought her in the emergency room, next thing I know, she had a serious blood infection. So we ended up coming up to the ICU, came in and told me that Nancy would not live through the evening.

Sometimes our finest hour may not be necessarily in the save, but it is in caring for that patient and providing that support for their family.

I made a determination, decision, that I would not leave her side.

When patients come to the ICU, families come to the ICU, they're very vulnerable. And that's a great responsibility to help them through a very difficult time in their. Life

And they made me and my family more comfortable in a hard time.

We have been able to deliver excellent intensive care her at Mercy. This new facility is going to help us, I think, do it even better.

It will be a lot easier to give patient care. And that's what I'm here for

Dr. Youngquist was like founding father to our intensive care unit. His vision and inspiration has led us to where we aer today.

This part of the hospital was built in about 1975. The ICU got a major remodeling in 1985. We have operated out of that basic environment since then.

Over the past 19 years that I've worked here, we have begun using more and more equipment in our rooms to help the patients get better. And so sometimes we'll have 10 IV pumps and a balloon pump and a ventilator and a dialysis machine, all in these rooms that were not meant to have all of this equipment.

We don't have storage space. The equipment lines the hallways.

Currently our family situation here is not good. We have a cramped little waiting room. There's very little privacy.

There's a lot of family members that don't want to leave their family alone.

We are embarking on a new future.

I have been talking about a new ICU for a number of years.

We are providing a facility that will need the care needs of our intensive care patients.

This remodeling, this new ICU, with much larger rooms is going to be a huge improvement for us.

Patient and their family can be very terrified. Having a nice clean, open unit is going to be comforting to them.

The family will feel like they're part of the care.

The new space is wonderful but the specialness about our unit is really the staff that work in the unit.

You've got a Mercy Hospital in your back yard, you're very fortunate. I would come here for my own care.

The ICU saves lives. Together we share a mission and that is to provide care and compassion to our patients.

Mental health and addiction services

To meet the growing need for mental health and addiction services, the Unity campus underwent a number of changes. The fourth floor, former home to the Birth Center, was renovated to create a 40-bed inpatient mental health unit, Allina Health Mental Health moved to a larger space on site, and the Emergency Department was renovated to better meet the needs of patients with mental health conditions. The 2016 Crystal Ball proceeds were dedicated to this consolidation of mental health and addiction services. Learn more by watching the video below.

People don't like to talk about mental illness. I don't like to talk about mental illness.

In general, there's about 1 out of 5 people who suffer from addiction, 1 out of 4 people from a mental illness.

Our organization goes out to our community every two years and we ask them, what are your needs? They want us to address mental health well-being. Every day we hear from our patients' families, committee members about their struggles with being able to access services for mental health and addiction care.

As we move forward, we're going to have a one call system.

Last year for our community campaign for Allina Health, we presented the mental health and addiction triage line. And it meant a lot to a lot of people.

We had an individual in the community-- in fact, in this community-- who came forward and said, I have struggled to access services and care for my son.

Our story started about four years ago when our son was diagnosed as having had a psychotic break. And that was a shocking thing for us. We had never observed any symptoms prior to that. He had come home from school and while he was sitting at home he was watching CNN and he started talking about how the newscasters were talking to him.

It would have been nicer if there was specifically "first call for help for mental health".

We learned a lot through that process of how the system works. We learned a lot about medications and so on. And at the time, we felt everything was behind us. You know, this was a one time occurrence and so on. With the second break, we now realized this will never end.

Often whenever mental health patients come in they've exhausted all their resources out in the community, and so this is their last resort.

We've seen a huge demand for patients needing beds.

As part of our one hospital two campus plan, we believe the next game changing consolidation of care is going to be around mental health. We're going to design, and we're in that phase right now of designing the first all private room mental health unit at Allina.

The mother/baby unit that was at Unity is now going to be the mental health unit.

About 60% of adult mental health patients have an addiction issue. And by bringing it over Mercy's mental health program to Unity's campus where we have addiction professionals on site is going to be game changing care for our patients.

We're going to have all the resources right here at Unity hospital.

Right now we have no recreation space at Mercy.

You can pace the hallway, you can sleep, or stare out a window. There's really nothing else to do.

So some of the work we're doing is designing healing spaces, like fitness centers, and computer labs, and yoga rooms that are going to allow our patients to have fitness programs as part of their day.

Think of Unity as a destination center for individuals with mental health conditions and addiction.

I hope that when patients come to Allina Health, whether it be to our clinics, or to our emergency rooms, or hospitals, that we are considering their mental health issues just the same as we would any physical issues that they might have, and that we see them as a whole person.

I would like to tell people that I'm just a person who's got an illness.

It affects a lot of us. And I think it's a really good thing for us to invest in.

Emergency care

Both campuses’ Emergency Departments were renovated in 2017. The Unity Campus ED emergency rooms were reconfigured to create a five-room mental health suite, as well as 12 flexible rooms that can be converted to care for both mental health and general emergency patients. Mercy Campus’s ED, which is the busiest ED in Allina Health, was expanded and improved to accommodate up to 10,000 more patients per year more efficiently and effectively.

Cancer care

 

Comprehensive cancer care including risk assessment and genetics counseling, cancer screening, diagnostic and interventional radiology, and treatment by surgery, radiation therapy and medical oncology. Ongoing care is provided for those in remission as well as for those living with cancer. Care is given in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Cardiovascular care

The Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital with Children’s Minnesota opened in July 2015 and offers the gamut of obstetric services and features the only Level II special care nursery in the North Metro with private patient rooms. The creation of this facility allowed Unity Hospital to close its birth center in anticipation of expanding mental health and addiction services.