$3M gift saves Minnesota hospital's dialysis program

Winona (Minn.) Health received a $3 million gift from anonymous donors that will keep its dialysis program up and running, The Star Tribune reported Jan. 29.

The donation came two days after the hospital said that it would shutter the program, which has been operating at a loss for the past five years due to reduced demand, according to the report. Winona has lost about $1 million a year subsidizing the program. 

"‌This is an amazing gift that clearly demonstrates our mission of inspiring, recognizing, and empowering the caregiver in all of us," CEO Rachelle Schultz said in a statement. 

Winona provides dialysis care for about 32 patients who would have gone to Rochester La Crosse, or elsewhere in the state if the program ended. 

The donation will allow the program to continue for the next three years.

"‌‌I am deeply grateful to all donors to Winona Health, whatever the amount,"‌‌ Ms. Schultz said. "‌‌Those gifts are an intentional choice that people make to support this organization and the good work that is done in all areas."‌‌

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