(Edina Patch Local Editor Zac Farber wrote this post.)
The hospital is hoping to raise an additional $5.3 million from the community toward a $15 million campaign goal.
The expanded emergency center will be 2.5 times bigger than the existing facility, with the number of rooms increasing from 30 to 43. It will have a new rooftop helipad, larger specially equipped spaces for trauma and heart emergencies and a new observation space to monitor patients who need further care but do not need to be admitted.
The emergency center is named of Carl N. Platou, a long-time administrator at the hospital whose daughter was present at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“Everything about this hospital meant so much to Dad,” said Nancy Platou Steinke, “and he took great satisfaction in working with others to help it grow and become what it is today: the first full-service satellite hospital in the nation, and a model for other hospitals throughout the country.”The current facility, designed for 30,000 visits per year, received almost 43,000 in 2012. The new emergency center will have a capacity for 70,000 annual visits.
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