Wedum Hospice dedicates flagpole in honor of veterans

[CCX Media, November 8, 2019] Alline Health’s J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice has a new honor for veterans. The hospice dedicated its new flag pole on Friday. The Minnesota National Guard’s Funeral Honors Team was at their Brooklyn Park campus to raise the flag for the first time. Staff at the hospice center say veterans are […]

‘Comfort care’ sparks a national end-of-life discussion

[KARE 11, May 1, 2018] Shortly before her death, former First Lady Barbara Bush chose to receive “comfort care” instead of further medical treatment. Mrs. Bush’s decision re-ignited a national discussion over exactly what that means, and what options are available to people in the final stages of life. Lisa Abicht-Swensen is the Director of […]

After ‘death panel’ nonsense, Medicare adopts improved hospice policy

[Star Tribune, August 30, 2015] Norman Mossberg of Coon Rapids was a loving husband and father. Still, the Vietnam combat veteran and retired bricklayer grew up at a time when men were taught to be taciturn. That makes one of his last gifts to his family, and to his fellow Minnesotans, even more extraordinary. Months […]

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Late-in-life care for the chronically ill

[MinnPost, March 18, 2014] This is the first in an occasional series on late-in-life health care — when chronic illness or a constellation of medical problems can cause a cascade of new needs, complications and worries. This yearlong examination of issues faced by such patients and their families is funded through a regrant by Allina […]

Hospice music therapists hit the right note

[Star Tribune, Feb. 18, 2014] Harry Oxley settles deeper into his oversized recliner, his deep-set eyes glistening as Sarah Newberry snugs her guitar into her lap. As her lilting voice glides into “The Girl That I Marry,” Oxley smiles, then manages to sing a few words here and there, despite the oxygen tube running into […]

Bluebird man forms friendship in dying days

[KARE, Dec. 12, 2013] For most of his life Dick Willis has been caring for others. He stepped up when his country needed him during World War II and then he came home to raise five children. Now, at the age of 92, Willis is need of some mothering himself. Willis is dying. He knows […]

In depth on hospice care

[Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 28, 2013] Hospice use in the United State is growing, yet myths and misunderstandings remain. What should families know? Allina Health Hospice director Gloria Cade answered some of those question on MPR’s Daily Circuit.

Allina Health to acquire ConnectCare

[KDUZ Radio, August 22, 2012] Allina Health has announced its intention to acquire ConnectCare, a non-profit company providing home health care and hospice services to the Glencoe and Hutchinson, Minnesota communities. ConnectCare is a joint venture of Hutchinson Area Health Care and Glencoe Regional Health Services. Read the complete story at kduz.com.

$22M project will expand Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health

[Star Tribune, July 3, 2012] Allina Health said Monday it will invest $22 million to expand Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. The Minneapolis-based health system said the new 120,000-square-foot building will feature the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, as well as specialty care, outpatient surgery services and obstetrics/women’s care. The four-story building will be across the street […]

Allina’s Wedum Residential Hospice opens

[CTN News, Feb. 24, 2012] There’s a new place in the north metro for people to go who’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness. This week, Allina’s J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice opened its doors to the public just across the river in Brooklyn Park. The facility is committed to providing end-of-life care in a home-like […]