Ground blessing held at Unity Hospital’s new transitional care unit site

Unity Hospital and Benedictine Health System held a ground blessing ceremony Dec. 12 for the new transitional care unit at the hospital in Fridley.

Fridley Mayor Scott Lund and North Suburban Hospital District Board Chairperson Gerald Maeckelbergh joined executives from both health systems for the service in the south parking lot, with Rev. Tim Dolan presiding.

The transitional care unit will provide post-acute care patients with an environment in which to transition from hospital to home.

Executives from Unity Hospital and Benedictine Health System gathered for a ground breaking and ground blessing ceremony Dec. 12 for the new transitional care unit at Unity Hospital in Fridley. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2014. Pictured, from left: Chester Yanik, president and owner, Yanik Companies; Pat Belland, vice president of operations, Unity Hospital; Gerald Maeckelbergh, North Suburban Hospital Board; Dale Thompson, president/chief executive officer, Benedictine Health System; Fridley Mayor Scott Lund; Unity Hospital President Helen Strike; Robert Wieland, executive vice president, clinic and community division, Allina Health; Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin, incoming president/chief executive officer, Benedictine Health System; McGough Construction Project Manager Bryan Butterfield; and Jon Namyst, director of facilities management and corporate security, Unity Hospital. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

Executives from Unity Hospital and Benedictine Health System gathered for a ground breaking and ground blessing ceremony Dec. 12 for the new transitional care unit at Unity Hospital in Fridley. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2014. Pictured, from left: Chester Yanik, president and owner, Yanik Companies; Pat Belland, vice president of operations, Unity Hospital; Gerald Maeckelbergh, North Suburban Hospital Board; Dale Thompson, president/chief executive officer, Benedictine Health System; Fridley Mayor Scott Lund; Unity Hospital President Helen Strike; Robert Wieland, executive vice president, clinic and community division, Allina Health; Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin, incoming president/chief executive officer, Benedictine Health System; McGough Construction Project Manager Bryan Butterfield; and Jon Namyst, director of facilities management and corporate security, Unity Hospital. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

Speaking at the ceremony were Rocklon “Rocky” Chapin, president and chief executive officer of Benedictine Health System; Allina Health Executive Vice President Bob Weiland; Unity Hospital President Helen Strike; Benedictine Health System Chief Executive Officer Dale Thompson; Maeckelbergh; and Lund.

Facts about the new Unity Interlude facility in Fridley:

• The goal is for construction to be completed by November 2014

• Horty Elving is the architect

• Yanik Companies is the project manager

• McGough is partnering with Yanik and providing construction management and serves as general contractor

• Total square footage is 46,236

• Total project cost is estimated at approximately $15 million

• The facility expects to serve 40 to 45 guests daily for stays of less than 20 days

About Unity Hospital

Unity Hospital is part of Allina Health, a nonprofit health care system with more than 90 clinics, 12 hospitals, 14 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services. For more information go to allinahealth.org.

About Benedictine Health System

The Benedictine Health System is a Catholic, non-profit long-term care health system based in Duluth, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth. It has served the health care needs of aging adults through the services of its short-term care and rehabilitation centers, long-term care centers and assisted and independent housing in Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin since 1985. For more information go to bhshealth.org.

Elizabeth Sias is at elizabeth.sias@ecm-inc.com

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