Grant/Funding Program  

Bringing New and Improved Services to the Hospital District Residents



Grant/Funding Applications 

Grant and Education Loan Information

The Hospital District has established a grant program and an education loan forgiveness programs for the benefit of the health care providers and the citizens of the Hospital District. Our territory includes township members of Arlone, Clover, Danforth, Dell Grove, Finlayson, Hinckley, New Dosey, Ogema, Park, Partridge, Pine Lake and Sandstone Townships, and the cities of Askov, Bruno, Finlayson, Hinckley, Sandstone and Willow River. The following are the Grant Guidelines, Education Loan Guidelines, how to apply and the review process.


Hospital District Grant Guidelines

The mission of the North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) is to assure access to quality health care and wellness services that improve the mental and physical health of the residents of the Hospital District. Minnesota rural hospitals were struggling during the 1950’s to survive because the smaller population base that could not financially support a hospital. Therefore the State created Hospital Districts to give rural communities a tool to keep health care in their communities. 


Community leaders formed the Hospital District over 30 years ago to save our hospital. In 2017, the Hospital District funded and built the Pine Healthcare Campus with the goal of it becoming an area destination health care campus. This will increase the availability of health care services for our residents and increase patient and customer demand, thereby financially strengthening the health care providers. 


Though the focus is on meeting the health needs of the Hospital District citizens, we do not restrict access to community based health services that attract citizens outside the Hospital District territory. We support the success of critical health care services that can only be assured by attracting enough patient/customer traffic to support the ongoing operations. For example, hospital, clinic and pharmacy services are available to all who choose to use those services. 


We also focus on services that the Hospital District can provide seed money to get the service launched, with the goal of becoming self-sustaining. Additionally, we can fund education and wellness programs that are focused on improving the health of Hospital District residents


Who Qualifies for Grant

  • Established health care providers with successful operating experience and a demonstrated provider of quality services.

    • Must operate on the Pine Healthcare Campus or other potential future Hospital District owned property.

    • The services must serve the physical, emotional and mental health of citizens. This includes addiction services.

    • All professional and operational licensing and regulatory requirements must be in place.

  • Organizations that provide services that improve the health of citizens.

    • The operation must be within the Hospital District territory and focus on meeting the needs of the Hospital District citizens. 

    • It does not limit access to these services by visitors and others outside the territory.


What Qualifies for Grant

  • Improvements to the Pine Healthcare Campus.

  • Health services such as ambulance, First Responders and other direct care services.

  • Mental health, addiction and other health care services not being adequately provided in the Hospital District territory.

  • Food shelves and food security initiatives.

  • Health education and wellness programs.

  • Demonstrated need for the service in the Hospital District territory


Health Care Education Loan Forgiveness Program

Loan applications will be accepted from North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) residents or employees working for health care providers at the Pine Healthcare Campus or other Hospital District owned facility. This loan is available for all school-certified expenses.

The following are the loan criteria for a health care education loan: guidelines:

  • This loan forgiveness program is available if the applicant is seeking a health care degree or certification and is a Hospital District resident or employed by a health care provider operating in a Hospital District owned property.

  • Loans are available for either a 2 or 4-year college program, one-year technical course or health care accreditation program.

· The recipient of the loan must agree to work for a Pine Healthcare Campus or other Hospital District health care provider after graduation for a period of 2 years. 

· The Hospital District Executive Committee will review the loan application and make a recommendation based on the interview of the candidate and their fulfilling the eligibility requirements.

· If the degree is not completed or the recipient does not take employment with a health care provider at the Pine Healthcare Campus or other Hospital District owned property, the loan must be repaid at the following rate and conditions.

Loan Interest and Payback

n 5% Fixed Interest Rate.

n 15 year pay back period after graduation and employment with health care provider at the Pine Healthcare Campus or other Hospital District owned property. 

n $21,000 total loan, $7,000 per year maximum loan is available.

n The loan will be sent by the Hospital District to the school. 

n Unfulfilled loans must be paid back tot he Hospital District.


How to Apply for a Grant or Loan

  • Request an application by going to the Website at or contact a Hospital District Board member or consultant Kristine Sundberg at or call 952-239-6394

  • Complete the application fully and submit to Hospital District consultant, Kris at

  • Provide detailed project plans, budget, statement of need, experience of the leadership team, project time lines, and detailed itemization of needed equipment and materials.

  • Progress reports will be required as established in the grant agreement, which will be signed by the Grantee and Hospital District Chair.

  • Failure to meet established goals can result in discontinuation of the grant.


Grant and Loan Review and Approval Process

  • The application will be reviewed by the Hospital District, Health Care Needs Committee or the Capital and Technology Committee.

  • A recommendation from the Committee will be made to the full Hospital District Board of Directors for approval or denial.


Past grants, in part, have been provided to:

Family Pathways - purchase of food

Bruno Food Shelf - purchase of food

Gateway Family Health Clinic - personal protective equipment and pandemic related supplies

Duxbury Fire Department - First responder equipment

Essentia Health - Administrative center and ambulance garage, maintenance, air filtration and sanitation technology

Therapeutic Services Agency - start up costs for mental health therapy at the Pine Healthcare Campus, Gateway Clinic location

Complete the information below if you want more information about our Grant Program or our Education Loan Program. See the guidelines in this attached document.


Grant Application

Education Loan Application


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Preventing Falls


We are entering the season that we all fear falling down on slippery, snowy driveways and sidewalks. But did you know that another common cause of falling can be found in our  medicine cabinet?


Pharmacist, Jamie Baker of Thrifty White Pharmacy in Sandstone, recently spoke at Golden Horizons about all the reasons for falling and how to prevent them. Jamie points out that, “someone falls every second of everyday according to the Centers for Disease Control. This is 29 million falls a year resulting in over 7 million injuries.”











Preventing falls is important for all but especially urgent as we age. One in three older adults fall each year. A serious fall can start a series of problems that impacts the quality of life and ability to live independently. After a fall there is often a fear of falling again. This can result in depression and reducing activity, which then decreases muscle strength and balance. The resulting consequence is an increase in the risk of falling again.


Staying active and exercising  is a great preventative measure. According to Jamie, the Harvard School of Medicine says that exercising three times per week can decrease the risk of falling by 55%. The point is to maintain good muscle tone, flexibility, stamina and balance.


Eliminate Fall Hazards.

Jamie recommends the first step is to eliminate tripping hazards in your home. Remove the exposed extension cords, pick up clutter, get rid of loose rugs, watch the pet, etc. She goes on to recommend installing hand railings on both sides of stairs, use night lights, use non-slip rugs, arrange furniture to allow more room and pick up tripping hazards.


Manage Health Issues.

There are many aids to help manage each individuals health issues, so take advantage of them. Use a cane or walker for instance. Get a personal fall alarm, especially if you live alone. And don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep.


Be particularly aware if you are over 80 years old, have arthritis or pain issues, low blood pressure, conditions that impair your balance such as Parkinson’s or MS, or vitamin D deficiency. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to prevent dizziness.


Understand Medication Risks. The medicine cabinet is another major reason for falling that we don’t often think about. Jamie points out that you are at more risk if you take 4 or more medications or if you have recently made medication adjustments such as types of medication or dosage. 


Reading the labels on your prescription drugs is very important but often ignored. Check for warnings of dizziness or drowsiness and any other side effects that can impact your vision, balance, thinking clearly, confusion, fatigue, arrhythmias, urinary urgency or decreased neuromuscular function.


It is best to review the drugs that you are taking with your pharmacist and look for drugs that might be a problems. This means both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. There are often many solutions such as reducing the dosage or changing to another medication with fewer side effects. 


Jamie also pointed out that an elderly person is often reluctant to admitting that they have fallen. It needs to be understood that admitting having had a fall to your family, doctor or pharmacist is the best way to determine why the fall happened and taking steps to preventing a future fall. Everyone wants to live as independently for as long as possible and this can be done with the help of healthcare professionals.


A personal consultation with your doctor or pharmacist is advised to discuss any concerns. More information is available about blood pressure, antihistamines, antidepressants, urinary incontinence, pain, anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants, heart rhythm control, anti-anginas, antopsychotics, anxiety, sleep and other medications.

Link to full presentation with list of medications provided.

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