In the community

Health Edition

Health Edition is a joint venture between New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) and The Journal, New Ulm's daily newspaper. It’s published quarterly in The Journal to update area residents on health care and New Ulm Medical services and programs.

Heart of New Ulm Project

Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project is a collaborative partnership working to support a culture of wellness in New Ulm and help people make health the easy choice where they live, learn, work and play. Learn more.

Community plan

Community health needs assessment

New Ulm Medical Center, along with local partners, conducted a community health needs assessment to create community improvement goals and detailed plans on how to achieve those goals. As a result of this assessment, New Ulm Medical Center will focus on making improvements in these key areas:

  1. Obesity – through education and increased physical activity opportunities
  2. Substance abuse – by supporting programs and providing education in the community
  3. Mental health – by improving access to mental health-related resources in the community and addressing stigma related to mental health

Care Coordination Initiative

The Care Coordination Initiative is a partnership of New Ulm Medical Center, South Country Health Alliance, Brown County Family Services, Brown County Public Health and the State of Minnesota. New Ulm Medical Center received a $366,312 Accountable Communities for Health Grant, which is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services in 2013 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. This project is also funded by South Country Health Alliance and New Ulm Medical Center.

These grants are helping New Ulm Medical Center and our partners provide care coordination services to our patients and area residents who are in need of additional services to manage their health, such as an older adult living at home, a patient who needs assistance managing current health conditions, medications, finances or activities of daily living, or any individual who would like to develop a strong support system. Our team includes socials workers, nurses, and pharmacists, in collaboration with your provider, to provide our patients and residents with additional support. In addition, we’re working to reduce the health disparities that exist between different populations in our region due to socioeconomic or environmental factors. 

As a result of the efforts in this first year, we’ve seen health improvements in our patients with asthma, COPD, depression, and diabetes, cancer screening rates have improved for breast and colon cancer, and emergency room and hospitalizations have decreased.

To learn more about this, please contact Kaylee Kamm, LSW, at 507-217-5078.

Community Hospital Trustee Summit

Spotlights in Innovations

From mental health to cancer care to end of life decisions, community hospitals throughout Allina Health undertake innovative projects for one purpose: to improve the lives of those we serve.

Read about 12 such projects.