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Abbott Northwestern Foundation’s Medicine Ball to raise $1 million for mental health and addiction services

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 5/3/2017 — The Medicine Ball, Abbott Northwestern’s fundraising gala, will be held Sept. 23 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Foundation Board Members Cari Erickson and Cynthia MacMillan will host, PurpleX will entertain, and KSTP-TV Meteorologist Ken Barlow will emcee “Starry Night.” 

One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a mental health condition, and one in 10 adults is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

“Finding help can be discouraging and can sometimes feel like a hopeless process for patients and family members,” says Dr. Beth LaRusso, medical director, Mental Health, Abbott Northwestern Hospital. “Abbott Northwestern is developing solutions so that patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.” 

There is no fundraising at the event. For tickets and other information, contact Anne Langaard, 612-863-4612. Since 2005, the Medicine Ball has raised more than $7.2 million for the programs and patients of Abbott Northwestern Hospital.


About Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been a health care provider and innovator in Minneapolis for more than 130 years. Part of Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern has retained its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota for eight consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 best hospital rankings. In addition, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.

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.