ONAMIA — Mille Lacs Health System (MLHS) signed papers completing the sale of the Crosier former seminary and adjacent land in Onamia on Monday. Present were Mark Tadych, MLHS Board Chair; and Father Kermit Holl, MLHS Board member.
According to Bill Nelson, MLHS CEO, there is a critical need for private inpatient rooms in the acute care area of the hospital on the Onamia campus. Additionally, due to the high volume of trauma cases in the emergency department, that area needs expansion to include more private bays and more trauma rooms.
“To be able to build onto and into the parking lot area, we had to buy the lot, the school building and adjacent land,” explained Nelson. “If we build onto the lot, then we are also committed to finding more parking spaces on campus. Through the purchase, we have the ability to grow and build on, without being landlocked.”
The land purchased is the parking lot, the former seminary/school building and a large portion of the adjacent land to the east of the buildings at the junction of Hwy. 169 and Hwy. 27. However, there is a shared use agreement with Holy Cross, Lake Song and the Crosiers, regarding existing structures and buildings. The sale will not affect Crosier service to parishes or other Priory ministries in any way.
The Crosier Fathers and Brothers will continue to live their religious life on the property and serve in a variety of apostolates. The Crosier living residence, Holy Cross Church and adjacent Holy Cross Center, Lake Song Assisted Living and the National Shrine of St. Odilia, were not included in the sale.
Father Holl, prior of the Crosier Community, stated, “The Crosiers are very pleased that these resources next to our Priory that were home to our Crosier school for nearly seventy years will continue to be used by MLHS for purposes that will help serve the city of Onamia and meet the needs of our area’s residents and visitors for years to come. We ourselves are also very privileged to be remaining in our Priory as neighbors to MLHS because their care for our members has always proved outstanding.” Father Holl, who is also an MLHS board member, recused himself from discussions and voting on this issue, to avoid any conflict of interest.
MLHS Board Chair Mark Tadych explained, “We have a lot of needs, space-wise and we’re investigating where opportunities might be with this new purchase to deal with that issue.” Tadych also said that both the board − and MLHS as an organization − appreciate the longstanding history, partnership and collaboration they have had with their neighbors, the Crosiers.
“The MLHS board’s vision is to secure land for future growth — both for the next few years and 50 years from now,” Tadych said. “We feel our services need to expand, and that’s a good thing for us as well as the communities we serve.”