Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck: a new kind of care in a tranquil neighborhood

Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck (BHCI) has been a valued neighbor, resource and employer in the New Brighton community since 1965. 

As a part of the Benedictine Health System, a mission-based, nonprofit headquartered in Duluth and sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, the Innsbruck community follows the system’s vision to create living communities where health, wellness and choice come to life, and operate under the Benedictine core values.

Education director Mary Raeker says, “What really impresses me are Benedictine’s core values — stewardship, hospitality, justice and respect — and the mission statement. I was hoping that I would see it — not just on a poster on the wall but see it lived out, and I’ve continued to see the core values lived out throughout the health center.”

BHCI offers many programs for people recovering from a surgery or injury, or those who need long-term assistance with daily life. There is short-term transitional rehabilitation program, skilled nursing care and memory care, and outpatient therapy. 

The long-term care amenities include semi-private and private rooms with a bath, TV and phone to help residents feel at home. There is activity programming, and for those who like to sleep in and have a late breakfast, there’s a five-meal plan to fit anyone’s eating schedule. 

The short-stay neighborhood is for patients who are leaving one setting, such as a hospital, and just need more rehab therapy for a short period of time before moving to another setting, which in many cases is back home.

There are also outpatient and in-home rehabilitation options. 

The Mobility Courtyard is a real-world feature that can speed up the healing process. The courtyard has varied surfaces on its path, such as woodchips, gravel and sand, to help with balancing on different textures. There are also steps of various sizes, and an immobilized car for practicing getting in and out, loading groceries or putting on a seat belt. 

The Benedictine Health Center team focuses on spiritual care, which takes into account the whole person: mind, body and spirit. 

“I’ve been here 20 years. What comes to mind for me is person-centered care rather than institutional, the old nursing home model of care. We focus on each resident as an individual and get to know as much about that resident as we possibly can,” says Diane Puchtel, wellness director and volunteer coordinator. 

“We not only care about individual physical needs but also their psychosocial needs.  We want everyone to live fully and live well, according to our BHCI vision. We care about their social needs; we want them to be happy and live well,” she adds. 

The Innsbruck Foundation operates through donations and allows the center to go above and beyond regular care offerings. Thanks to the Innsbruck Foundation, BHCI has an accessible van for community outings, a robust Integrative Health & Healing Program (consisting of aroma therapy, healing touch, and music therapy) and enhanced clinical & therapy equipment. 

“Our Integrative Health Practitioner and Music Therapist have been instrumental in seeing great success in increased appetites, reduction in anxiety, and increased social interactions as a result of the Integrative Health & Healing Program,” says Nancy Burton, the center’s development and marketing director. 

Located in a peaceful New Brighton neighborhood only minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul, the surrounding area offers residents a variety of cuisine options, shopping including groceries and the Rosedale Center, several places of worship, and many parks and walking trails. 

Onsite are a beauty shop, computer workstations with internet access, dining rooms and family areas, laundry facilities, healing gardens with walking paths and seating areas, a TV room and a therapy room. The center also offers scholarships and employment opportunities.

Stop by for a tour or visit BHCI’s website or Facebook page for more information.


Fun gala to raise funds

The Innsbruck Foundation will be holding its 10th gala on Friday, May 12, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church from 5:30 to 11 p.m. 

There will be dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by Power of Ten, a Twin Cities band with dynamic vocalists and superb rhythm and horn sections. 

The church is located at 835 Second Ave. N.W. in New Brighton. Tickets are available on the BHCI events page.

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