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File #: RES 20-278    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 2/12/2020
Title: Committing to maintaining health care services at St. Joseph’s and Bethesda Hospitals and requesting transparency from the M Health Fairview Board of Directors and CEO.
Sponsors: Dai Thao, Rebecca Noecker, Nelsie Yang, Mitra Jalali, Jane L. Prince, Amy Brendmoen, Chris Tolbert
Attachments: 1. Heaney email
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Committing to maintaining health care services at St. Joseph’s and Bethesda Hospitals and requesting transparency from the M Health Fairview Board of Directors and CEO.

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WHEREAS the Saint Paul City Council is dedicated to improving the health and well-being, both physical and mental, of the community, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status or genetic information; and

WHEREAS M Health Fairview identified mental health well-being and access to health care as the two of the most important needs of the community served by Bethesda and St. Joseph’s Hospitals in its 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment; and

WHEREAS St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown has served the needs of the community and the state of Minnesota for more than 150 years, serving over 12,000 patients annually and providing over 100 inpatient mental health beds to the community; and

WHEREAS 35% of patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital are on Medicare and Medicaid, 77% for mental health patients, and 10% of patients admitted to the Emergency Department are homeless; and

WHEREAS St. Joseph’s and Bethesda Hospitals serve a diverse community where 50.2% of the residents are non-white; and

WHEREAS life expectancy for community members living in the Saint Paul Neighborhoods of Rondo, Frogtown, and Downtown is over five years shorter than those living in the surrounding suburbs; and

WHEREAS rates of optimal care for Black and African American patients fall significantly below the state average in 8 of 9 routinely measured categories, including all categories for depression outcomes; and

WHEREAS rates of optimal care for diabetes, asthma, and depression are significantly lower in those whose preferred language is Hmong, Karen, Spanish, and Somali, with depression remission rates as low as 1.9%; and

WHEREAS Bethesda Hospital is one of only two facilities in the state of Minnesota that cares for long term acute care (LTAC) patients, who ar...

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