More than 1,500 community members, donors, employees and physicians joined us Aug. 16 to celebrate the opening of our new Carl N. Platou Emergency Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

The event, presented by PreferredOne, featured tours of the new emergency center and the Popp Chronic Care Center and Observation Unit, free health screenings for families and face-painting, fun and games for kids.

“We know seconds count when caring for patients with trauma and heart emergencies and the emergency center’s expanded space, innovative layout and advanced technology are designed with patient safety and speed of treatment in mind,” says Bradley Beard, president, Fairview Southdale Hospital.

Just as important, the new emergency center promotes a welcoming and healing environment dedicated to meeting patients’ and families’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

“We’ve provided critical care for the community since the day we opened Fairview Southdale Hospital in 1965,” says Bradley. “Thanks to the generosity of donors and the community, the Carl N. Platou Emergency Center will ensure we’re able to provide the best in emergency medicine for many years to come.”

Project highlights

  • Expands space from 15,000 square feet to approximately 65,000 square feet (45,000 in the emergency department alone)
  • Designed for faster triage and treatment
  • Expands from 30 patient rooms to 42
  • Includes new helipad on roof to improve speedy access to advanced trauma care
  • Includes new observation space to monitor patients who need further care but do not need admission
  • Doubles the amount of space specially equipped to treat trauma and heart emergencies
  • Includes adaptable rooms and mobile supply carts to maximize efficiency
  • Designed for patient safety

Learn more and make a safe, secure online gift to support this project at fairview.org/emergencycenter.