Miller-Dwan Foundation Receives $5,000 Grant from Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for Adult Inpatient Unit Renovation

The Miller-Dwan Foundation announced a $5,000 grant received from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The grant will be used to help renovate the Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit located in the Miller-Dwan Building. The renovation will dramatically advance the care program by creating dedicated spaces including an exercise room, a spiritual center, flexible spaces for yoga, meditation and other activities, as well as a resource center and family areas. All new spaces will combine privacy, dignity, safety and the very best in compassionate care.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community” said Traci Marciniak, Foundation President, “Due to the limited availability of behavioral health care throughout the state, our Duluth-based inpatient unit cares for patients from all over Minnesota. We are thankful that the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux recognize and support the broad reach our unit has in caring for patients when they need it most”.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. The SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) is the largest employer in Scott County. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated nearly $300 million to organizations and causes since opening the Gaming Enterprise in the 1990’s and contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems and emergency services.

About the Miller-Dwan Foundation
The Miller-Dwan Foundation is the only independent, public medical foundation in the region, and, as a public charity, maintains a commitment to the health of the people of northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and northern Michigan. The Miller-Dwan Foundation has provided more than $32 million in grant support to Essentia Health-Duluth (formerly Miller-Dwan Medical Center), Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center and more than 50 other regional nonprofit organizations that address regional health concerns. To better address medical needs in its region, the Miller-Dwan Foundation created Amberwing, Solvay Hospice House, the Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center and the Abilities First Fund.

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