- About Us
Wellstone Regional Hospital was named after the late senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila and daughter Marsha who died in a plane crash in October 2002. Wellstone Hospital strives to represent the values and strong character of the Wellstones by serving the mentally ill and the chemically dependent.
About Senator Paul Wellstone
Senator Wellstone and his family were true champions of America's underserved and committed to helping persons suffering from mental illness and domestic violence.
Senator Wellstone's colleagues referred to him as the social conscience of the U.S. Senate. He repeatedly demonstrated that he believed in humanitarian principals over politics.
Although he was short in stature, he was a giant when it came to advocating the needs of persons with mental illness. Part of the Wellstone legacy was his determination and leadership in implementing national legislation to address the issue of mental health insurance parity.
Wellstone Legislation for the Mentally Ill
On October 3, 2008, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 was signed into law. This new Federal law requires group health insurance plans (those with more than 50 insured employees) that offer coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders to provide those benefits in no more restrictive way than all other medical and surgical procedures covered by the plan.
In the lobby of Wellstone Regional Hospital, we display educational resources regarding Senator Paul Wellstone and his effort to eliminate discrimination against individuals and families who suffer from the painful effects of mental illness.
Help is Just a Phone Call Away
Physicians are on the medical staff of Wellstone Hospital, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Wellstone Hospital. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.
Model representations of real patients are shown. Actual patients cannot be divulged due to HIPAA regulations.