An innovative and groundbreaking idea, Woodwinds was created to be a trendsetter in the health care industry.
In 1986, seven East Metro hospitals merged to create HealthEast. In order for this new organization to survive financially, some of its hospitals needed to close. When HealthEast closed the Divine Redeemer Hospital of South St. Paul, they made a promise to bring another hospital to the "southeast quadrant" community. Before long, Woodbury - named the fastest growing community in the United States - was identified as the preferred site location.
Partners who care
From the start, the creators of Woodwinds Health Campus wanted it to be unique, innovative and trendsetting. The first unconventional idea was collaboration with other health care systems. HealthEast established a secure partnership with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Pooling resources helped expand the project's financial scope, but there were many barriers to overcome—in fundraising, regulations, construction and workforce shortages. HealthEast and Children's worked together on creative solutions to bring their vision of a bold, 21st century care campus to life. Thanks to their partnership, Woodwinds opened on time, within budget and drew hundreds of job seekers.
East complements West
Innovative to the core, Woodwinds tapped into its historical ties to the holistic care pioneered by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The Sisters - and Woodwinds' creators - believed that traditional and alternative therapies could coexist for the best healing of body, mind and spirit.
Tapping community wisdom
Designing Woodwinds Health Campus was truly a community effort. Half of the design team included members who lived or worked in the southeast quadrant, including representatives from 3M, Northwest Airlines, Cenex/Land O'Lakes and DARTS (Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors). The locally-based design team went to the community to learn what they wanted in their ideal health care facility.
This unprecedented outreach directly influenced Woodwinds' guiding principles. Foremost on the community's values list: patient- and family-centered service. To help meet this goal, Woodwinds designed private patient rooms, flexible visiting hours and a healing garden. Many other nontraditional policies and services - such as "point of service" admission and limited overhead paging - encourage a creative healing environment.
Dreams take flight
Woodwinds' debut in 2000 celebrated the community's support and the creation of a truly innovative health care concept. The HealthEast Foundation provided a special release of monarch butterflies to commemorate the occasion.