Amery Hospital & Clinic receives $1.25 million grant


May 14, 2020

Amery, Wis. – The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation awarded Amery Hospital & Clinic a 1.25 million dollar grant to help improve the safety and environment of the Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit.

The 10 bed Behavioral Health inpatient facility, located at the Amery Hospital & Clinic West Campus, opened in 2008. At the time, it provided care to only older adults struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression, personality disorders, dementia and other diagnoses. Today, the inpatient program cares for adults, starting at age 18 years from Polk, Barron, Burnett, St. Croix and Pierce counties as well as other areas of the state. Because we expanded our care and services to younger adults, the current space does not meet the program’s needs. To ensure the safety and to enhance the well-being of patients and families, a major renovation is necessary.

The generous grant from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation will provide a modern, therapeutic, safe and healing environment for patients, their families and employees who provide their care. Funds will assist in the cost of building a secure outdoor patio and renovating the interior. Among the changes will be:

  • Creating 10 private patient rooms
  • Updating the dining, lounge and group therapy rooms
  • Adding secured windows and lighting
  • Renovating the nurses station, staff support and breakroom areas
Amery Hospital & Clinic is committed to continuing our support of the Behavioral Health inpatient program by funding operational costs as well as the upcoming HVAC system replacement at the West Campus.

Heather Erickson, Director of Amery Hospital & Clinic’s Behavioral Health Center, said, “We are beyond grateful for this gift, and are excited to see the transformation of this space. The upgraded space will maximize safety and therapeutic healing for patients by creating an environment of comfort, encouragement and hope. And the general efficiency and flow in the space will make work less stressful for staff.”

Amery Hospital & Clinic has been working diligently with other HealthPartners hospitals, including the St. Croix Valley hospitals, as well as other state and local entities to address the behavioral health and addiction issues that exist in area communities. This grant helps provide quality mental health care and resources for patients across Northwestern Wisconsin.

The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation has been an invaluable supporter in the City of Amery over the years. The foundation supports higher education, youth, elderly and health. Many non-profit organizations applied for funding, so Amery Hospital & Clinic is honored to be the recipient of this grant.

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