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Cuyuna Regional Medical Center joins Health Communities Partnership

CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center has joined the Healthy Communities Partnership — a three-year, $6.5 million program to experiment with different health improvement methods in 13 communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The Healthy Communities Partnership includes the George Family Foundation, Allina Health and 10 other health organizations.

“We are grateful for this grassroots opportunity to engage our residents to identify ways to achieve sustainable improvements in community wellness and take ownership of their health,” John Solheim, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center CEO, said in a news release. “The Healthy Communities Partnership gives us the flexibility to develop initiatives and enhance wellness in a way that fits the specific needs of our community. With 12 other communities being a part of this, we are excited to contribute to something that has the potential to make a positive impact on our entire state.”

Other health care providers and communities joining Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in the Healthy Communities Partnership are: Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin; Baldwin Area Medical Center, Baldwin, Wis.; Buffalo Hospital, Buffalo; Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge; District One Hospital, Faribault; Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Grand Rapids; Regina Medical Center, Hastings; Hutchinson Area Health Center, Hutchinson; FirstLight Health System, Mora; River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wis.; Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia; and Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.

The program is managed by the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, the part of Allina Health that is responsible for health promotion and wellness.

Communities customize the program to fit their specific needs and resources, but some components are consistent.

In the first phase of the program, participating partners will hold the baseline health screenings. Then, based on results and the inventory of local resources, community interventions to enhance wellness programming will be developed. Over the duration of the program, the goal is to improve health screening scores and build a sustainable framework of health and wellness support for the community.

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