River Falls Area Hospital and Allina Health River Falls Clinic fund Police Department’s new ID scanner

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. 12/11/2017  In an effort to help curb underage drinking in Pierce and St. Croix counties, River Falls Area Hospital and the Allina Health River Falls Clinic has provided the River Falls Police Department (RFPD) with a $4,700 charitable contribution to fund an advanced detection identification (ID) scanner. The funding makes up a portion of the $45,000 River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health and its new clinic, have provided this year to support local partners working to improve community health.

"Fake IDs can now be purchased online for $40 and will pass almost all scanners. The demo unit scanner we tested worked better than expected and caught nearly all fake IDs." said Paul Jensen, RFPD Community Policing Specialist. 'It’s encouraging to see how Allina Health’s investment will directly improve the health of our city and the greater region by reducing alcohol abuse."

"When we completed our last community health needs assessment, alcohol abuse was identified as a priority health issue for our region. The evidence shows that one of the most effective ways to prevent underage alcohol abuse is to make it more difficult for those under 21 to purchase alcohol," said Heather Logelin, Director of Foundation and Community Engagement for Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital and Clinic. "The River Falls Police Department is doing great work in this arena and we are pleased to be able to provide them with funding for equipment that will make their efforts even more effective."

The River Falls Police Department is involved in the counties’ Healthier Together Alcohol Abuse Action Team. The goal of the group is to decrease youth alcohol use through changes to policy, systems, environment and community support.

Other local Allina Health contribution recipients this year include: Among Friends, Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County, Angels on Earth, Grow to Share, Our Neighbor's Place, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, River Falls Public Library and more.

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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.