Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) and Allina Health announced that Interlude™ Restorative Suites in Fridley, on the Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus, will begin providing post-acute care for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Allina and PHS have collaborated to make the needed clinical, staffing, building and equipment modifications to safely care for individuals on COVID precautions. Starting on Monday, April 20, Interlude Fridley will begin providing post-acute care for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 who discharge from an Allina hospital, transfer from another PHS location, and as capacity allows, those who are referred by other healthcare systems. Interlude Fridley is managed by PHS and will be staffed collaboratively by PHS and Allina.
Janae Beaudot, Interlude Campus Administrator, said that work has been underway for about two weeks to prepare the building and staff for dedicated COVID-19 care. She said, “As healthcare systems have put a pause on elective surgeries and procedures to increase capacity for a likely surge in coronavirus infections, demand for traditional transitional care has fallen. Here at Interlude we have therapeutic and clinical expertise and a direct skyway connection to Unity. We believe that Interlude is well-situated for individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19.”
Dr. Emily Downing, Vice President of Medical Operations for Allina Home Care and Senior Services, added, “Interlude was founded upon the expertise and shared values of Allina Health and Presbyterian Homes & Services. This combination of clinical and therapeutic expertise positions us well to meet these needs. We are creating this model as an option between the hospital setting and home.”
“Having safe discharge options for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, but no longer needing hospital level of care, addresses a gap in overall surge preparedness,” said Ann Madden Rice, President of Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Senior Vice President Operations. “This existing and positive partnership has enabled new and innovate ways for us to serve as many people as possible in the most appropriate setting.”
Duane Larson, SVP of Operations for Presbyterian Homes & Services, said, “This pandemic has asked much of us, but we feel called to dedicate our team and resources to take the next step and meet this challenge. Since the beginning of Interlude, Allina and PHS have dedicated expertise and resources to achieve better outcomes and improved customer experience.”