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Questions and Answers About The Maple Grove Hospital Proposals

1. What is the process for developing a new Maple Grove hospital?
2. What's your timeline?
3. What medical services will the Partnership provide at its new hospital?
4. What emergency services will be provided?
5. Does the Tri-Care Partnership have community support?
6. How much experience and community involvement do the Tri-Care
Partnership health systems have?

7. Will the hospital proposed by the Tri-Care Partnership serve low-income
patients?

8. Will a new Maple Grove hospital adversely affect existing medical care
facilities in the area?

9. Is the Tri-Care Partnership plan for a hospital part of a larger, multi-use
development?

10. What can I do to help?


Q: What is the process for developing a new Maple Grove Hospital?

A: In March 2005, the State Department of Health determined that there is a need for a new hospital to serve the Northwest Metro Area. Under Minnesota law, the Legislature must approve the addition of new hospital beds. During the 2005 session, the Minnesota Senate passed legislation establishing a neutral selection process with specific criteria to use in choosing the best hospital for the community. However, the House approved legislation that favored North Memorial. Legislators could not resolve their differences by the end of session, leaving the issue in a deadlock. Either in a special session or when the Legislature convenes on March 1, 2006, legislators will have to re-approve the addition of new hospital beds in the state and agree to a process for choosing who will build the hospital.

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Q: What's your timeline?

A: Tri-Care will open a hospital within 18-24 months of legislative approval. The new hospital will feature 80 beds, with space and plans to accommodate the growth of the community with up to 250 beds and additional health care resources, such as an assisted living facility, wellness center and eating disorders institute.

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Q: What medical services will the Partnership provide at its new hospital?

A: The Tri-Care Partnership plans to build a hospital and medical campus that provides a broad range of pediatric, medical, OB-GYN, surgical, urgent care, emergency and behavioral health services. Other services will include obstetrics, general medicine, general surgery and orthopedic surgery.

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Q: What emergency services will be provided?

A: Our hospital will provide emergency and critical care services that will treat all common medical emergencies. If more complex care is needed, patients will have access to the largest number of highly qualified physicians and specialists in the Twin Cities. Through Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the Partnership also provides unparalleled access to pediatric specialists. We will provide emergency and critical care services that meet the needs of the community, without duplicating costly high-end services already available in the Twin Cities.

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Q: Does the Tri-Care Partnership have community support?

A:According to a spring 2005 public opinion survey, Northwest Metro Area residents clearly want a new hospital. The survey indicated that 37% of residents considered the partnership of Park Nicollet, Allina and Children's as the best proposal for a new hospital in Maple Grove compared to 21% for North Memorial and only 3% for Fairview.

Tri-Care is committed to engaging the community in this important decision, and will continue to inform residents of its proposals and solicit their ideas and input.

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Q: How much experience and community involvement do the Tri-Care Partnership health systems have?

A: The Partnership’s organizations have served the community for 20 years, and serve 27,000 patients a year at seven clinics in the service area, including two in Maple Grove. Partners also operate clinics in the nearby communities of Buffalo, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Elk River, Plymouth, Brooklyn Center and Ramsey. In addition, our hospitals care for more than 16,000 Northwest Metro Area patients a year. Park Nicollet Health Services is also actively involved in the Maple Grove Healthy Community Initiative.

Tri-Care organizations have also proven that hospital partnerships can be successful and innovative ways to address community health care needs. For example, in 1996, the St. Francis Regional Medical Center opened its doors to serve residents in and around Scott and Carver counties. The Medical Center brings together the expertise and resources of Allina, Park Nicollet and Duluth-based Benedictine Health System. St. Francis was recently named one of the Top 100 hospitals nationally. This Tri-Care partnership can deliver the same high-quality facility in Maple Grove.

This tradition of strong community involvement and collaboration will continue if the Partnership's proposal to build a hospital is approved.

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Q: Will the hospital proposed by the Tri-Care Partnership serve low-income patients?

A: Park Nicollet, Children's and Allina are committed to serving the community and providing care to all patients. While our non-profit status legally obligates us to provide care to everyone, our mission motivates us to serve all patients. The Partnership will provide charity care in the Northwest Metro Area just as the partners do elsewhere. Through our unparalleled resources and expertise, we can meet the area's unmet needs among new immigrants and other populations identified in collaboration with area school districts and agencies.

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Q: Will a new Maple Grove hospital adversely affect existing medical care facilities in the area?

A: In its analysis of the Tri-Care proposal, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) found that 10 of the 11 existing hospitals currently serving patients from the Maple Grove area will experience increases in the total number of inpatient days in 2009 and 2015, compared to 2003. Further, the MDH concluded that the only hospital projected to experience a reduction in inpatient days in 2015 compared to 2003, as a result of the Tri-Care proposal, is a member of the Tri-Care Partnership. Thus, a new Maple Grove Tri-Care hospital is most likely to hurt a Tri-Care partner facility, not another health system facility.

The increases at 10 of the 11 surrounding hospitals are due to rapid population growth throughout the West Metro Area. This population growth will mitigate the impact of patients moving from existing facilities to a new Maple Grove hospital. St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, a partnership of Allina, Park Nicollet and Benedictine Health System, illustrates this point. Though St. Francis has seen a 67% increase in patients since 1999, other facilities in the Southwest Metro Area have grown not declined 4% during that same time. Given the similarities in demographics and projected growth in Shakopee and Maple Grove, we do not expect a new Maple Grove hospital to have a negative impact on area hospitals.

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Q: Is the Tri-Care Partnership plan for a hospital part of a larger, multi-use development?

A: Northwest Metro Area residents have told us that they need a hospital as soon as possible. The Tri-Care proposal includes a full service hospital in its first phase, followed by a medical campus. However, our plan does not include retail or other development that could delay the development of a Maple Grove hospital.

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Q: What can I do to help?

A: Sign up as a supporter so we can keep you informed on the progress of our proposal and get you involved in building support. Contact us at info@maplegrovetricare.com or leave a message at 763-236-2199 with questions or feedback.

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