Allina Health donates former Braham clinic building to child resource center

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 11/30/2016 — 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.

"Allina 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.

"Having this 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 easier."

Children who 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.

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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.