Park Nicollet Foundation: Our History

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Park Nicollet Foundation
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Methodist Hospital opened its doors in 1959 with 276 beds. The six-floor building added 24-hour emergency services in 1969, followed by a cardiac intensive care unit in 1970.

As the need for area health services grew, it became clear that community support was needed. In 1971, a group hospital trustees, medical staff, women’s auxiliary members and community leaders came together to approve a plan for fundraising, and in 1973 Methodist Hospital Foundation was established. That first year the foundation raised $26,000 and awarded four grants totaling $8,511 for medical library books, an intravenous injection trainer, lab staff education and a Resusci Annie CPR training mannequin.

Within 10 years, the foundation awarded $1.5 million in grants for research, education, programs and equipment for the hospital.

As the 20th century approached a close, Methodist Hospital merged with Park Nicollet Clinic, and the newly named Park Nicollet Foundation expanded its mission to serve community health needs. Today, the foundation’s mission of “partnering to build healthy lives” describes the collaboration and scope of our work. We use philanthropy to enhance the patient and family experience, promote innovation and research, and respond to the health care needs of our community.

Together with our integrated Park Nicollet network of care, we work with schools, nonprofits, community agencies and local governments to develop innovative solutions to complex community health issues – all with the support of generous and compassionate donors.

Important dates

  • 1963: Nicollet Clinic Foundation is established
  • 1972: Methodist Hospital Foundation is established
  • 1993: Methodist Hospital merges with Park Nicollet Clinic to become HealthSystem Minnesota
  • 2000: HealthSystem Minnesota changes its name to Park Nicollet Health Services, an integrated system that includes Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Park Nicollet Clinic, Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Institute

Learn more about Park Nicollet’s history.