Lutherans in Minnesota

Fairview Partners recognized with state’s excellence award

Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson recently honored eight organizations from across the state for their outstanding contributions to human services program clients. Recipients of the 2013 Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards were recognized at a ceremony at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building in St. Paul.

One of the groups recognized was Fairview Partners, a nonprofit organization based in Edina, Minnesota, that has been providing care to seniors since 1996, including participants in the Minnesota Senior Health Options program. Fairview Partners exists as a collaborative partnership to enhance the quality of life and health status for older adults in the seven-county metro area by providing proactive and coordinated care management in the most appropriate environment.

Fairview Partners is a program of Fairview Hospitals, which has historical connections with Lutheran congregations. Currently, 76 Lutheran congregations, both ELCA and independent churches, are part of the Fairview Association.

Due to the unique partnerships that comprise Fairview Partners, there is a strong commitment to collaboration through joint decision-making, fiscal responsibility and quality outcomes. Fairview Partners is positioned to be responsive to individual choice as well as the changing needs of the community.

Creating successful partnerships

Winners in the third annual Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards, according to Jesson, stand out among many organizations providing critical human services programs and promoting healthy and productive communities in Minnesota.

“Our vision at the Department of Human Services is healthy people, stable families and strong communities, but we know that we won’t get there alone,” said Jesson. “The people and organizations being recognized today represent the very best of the many successful partnerships we have across Minnesota.”

Other 2013 Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award recipients are Caring Hands Dental Clinic, a nonprofit dental clinic in Alexandria, Minnesota; Conifer Estates, a 20-unit supportive/transitional housing project in Bemidji, Minnesota; Families Achieving Success Today (FAST), a pilot initiative funded and led by Ramsey County Workforce Solutions; Hunger Solutions Minnesota, a comprehensive hunger relief organization based in St. Paul; The Mental Health Crisis Alliance, a coalition in Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties; Therapy Dogs International Chapter #125, serving the Twin Cities metro area with more than 80 certified handler-dog teams; and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indian Child Welfare Program.

 

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