St. Croix Hospice opens new branch in Albert Lea

Published 8:00 pm Friday, September 16, 2022

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St. Croix Hospice has expanded service in Minnesota with the addition of a new location in Albert Lea. This enables the agency to serve more communities throughout the southeastern part of the state. 

“The St. Croix Hospice Albert Lea office is a natural extension of our Minnesota team and allows us to  expand our services to more communities in the area,” said Heath Bartness, St. Croix Hospice chief executive officer, in a press release. “Our expert clinical teams live in the communities they serve, which means they’re  readily available to provide consultations, admissions and care for local patients and families. We have  been caring for people in Albert Lea and surrounding communities for a long time so there is a real  benefit to having more care teams in the area.”  

“By adding an additional location in the southeastern portion of the state we are reducing travel time to  the patient’s bedside which enables us to improve our response time for urgent patient needs,” said Jamie Hanson, statewide clinical director for St. Croix Hospice in Minnesota. “Less travel also  improves job satisfaction for our care teams who are able to spend more time with patients and families  and less time on the road.” 

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Hospice care provides quality of life for patients with a terminal diagnosis when a cure is no longer an  option, focusing on comfort and dignity. St. Croix Hospice surrounds patients, families and caregivers with a team of compassionate experts who support their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. 

St. Croix Hospice specializes exclusively in hospice with a care model tailored to the unique needs of  hospice patients and their families. Care teams see patients wherever they call home, including private  residences, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. St. Croix Hospice teams take pride in partnering with families and community providers to ensure a dignified end-of-life transition.