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Monday, February 04, 2013 - Gundersen Lutheran receives $1 million gift for adolescent Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit

When teenagers from throughout the area begin receiving care in Gundersen Lutheran’s new Inpatient Behavioral Health facility this week, it will be in part thanks to a generous gift from an Onalaska family. The Dr. David and Sacia Morris Family Foundation donated $1 million to Gundersen Lutheran’s Campus Renewal Campaign in support of the Inpatient Behavioral Health adolescent unit. During a dedication ceremony on Feb. 2, the unit was named the Dr. David and Sacia Morris Family Foundation Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit.

“We have seen how mental illness impacts so many families, and there was clearly a need for improved inpatient care for young people in our own community. Having loved ones and support systems nearby is important. We are so pleased that our gift will allow young people in our community to receive the care they need close to home,” says Mrs. Morris.

“When we toured the Inpatient Behavioral Health facility, we were impressed by the thought and care that had been put into the planning of the entire space, but particularly the adolescent unit. It is clearly a place that will help young people in our community begin to heal,” she continues.

“Sacia and I are honored that the unit will bear our family name,” adds Dr. Morris.

The Dr. David and Sacia Morris Family Foundation Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit will increase the number of beds available for teenagers from three to eight. The unit was designed with teenagers in mind—from a color-palate that other teenagers helped develop to an abundance of natural light to an outdoor basketball court where patients can just be kids. In addition to the Dr. David and Sacia Morris Family Foundation Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit, the new Inpatient Behavioral Health facility at Gundersen Lutheran includes an adult unit, acute adult unit and specialized care unit.

“On behalf of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation and Gundersen Lutheran, we thank Dr. and Mrs. Morris for their remarkable gift. Because of people like them, we will be able to provide care for our patients in a behavioral health facility that offers dignity and hope. It truly is a place where hope begins,” says Philip Schumacher, executive director, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation.

To learn more about how the new space will improve care for patients, visit www.gundluth.org/Behavioral-Health/Inpatient.

Supporting the Inpatient Behavioral Health project

While Gundersen Lutheran will begin seeing patients in the new Inpatient Behavioral Health facility on Feb. 5, the space is not complete. It includes a modest unfinished space that will be converted to patient care space in the future.

Support from the community can help Gundersen Lutheran meet this need. To learn how you can support the project through a donation, go to www.gundluth.org/campusrenewal, call Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation at (608) 775-6600 or e-mail campusrenewal@gundersenhealth.org.

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