Karlstad Saves its Clinic
When failing HVAC units threatened extreme financial burden for Karlstad's Kittson Memorial Clinic, the rural northern-Minnesota city feared it might have to close its doors.
"To lose the clinic...would be devastating, because that kind of signals the death of your town," said Mitch Borneman, mayor of Karlstad. "The goal was to fix the building, to make it usable and make it usable for a very long period of time. Keep in mind, we have a responsibility to the citizens of the community to spend the money as wisely as we can."
After connecting with Johnson Controls to find out what it'd take to make the repairs, Karlstad's leaders learned about Sourcewell's nationwide cooperative purchasing program.
Because Johnson Controls is a Sourcewell awarded vendor, Karlstad could use its Sourcewell membership to immediately pursue the necessary repairs, saving time and money.
The city also worked with Sourcewell awarded vendor National Cooperative Leasing to get a 15-year lease (instead of the typical 5-7 year lease) making it even more manageable for Karlstad to replace the faulty equipment and keep the clinic's doors open, ensuring citizens continued to have access to health care in their home community.
"It was a no-brainer," Borneman said. "We accessed the best service for the citizens of the community."
Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota’s nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 200 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.