Allina Health clarifies Unity Hospital relationship with the North Suburban Hospital District

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FRIDLEY, Minn. 9/14/2016 — Some media reports regarding the future of the North Suburban Hospital District have inaccurately described the relationship between Allina Health and NSHD, particularly on the issue of governance over Unity Hospital.

Get the facts about Unity's relationship with the North Suburban Hospital District

Unity Hospital's operations have been controlled solely by Allina Health for decades. The NSHD board has no decision-making authority over the hospital's operations.

The Unity Hospital building and the land on which it sits are owned by NSHD, although Allina Health has an option to purchase the land and building in the future. Allina Health would plan to exercise that option if the NSHD votes to disband.

The NSHD Board is independent of Allina Health and Allina Health is not represented on it.  We have been strong partners in the north suburbs for many years, but both groups realize that our relationship is changing.

For decades, Allina Health has been responsible for funding the operations, infrastructure and maintenance needs of the campus. The tax dollars currently collected by the NSHD are a supplement to the infrastructure costs, but have not been central to hospital operations.

NSHD's decision whether to continue its work, or disband and stop collecting about $1.7 million per year in local tax revenue, is solely the decision of its elected representatives. 

Allina Health remains committed to Unity Hospital as an important site of care now and into the future.

About Unity Hospital

Unity Hospital, in Fridley, Minnesota, is part of Allina Health. Serving the Northwest Metro, it is one of the Twin Cities' premier community hospitals, offering leading edge technology, equipment, procedures, modern facilities, highly skilled professionals and a sense of family and community.

About Allina Health

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, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.

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