Fairview Southdale Hospital announces major expansion and fundraising campaign

This is an artist rendering of the Carl N. Platou Emergency
Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina from
Highway 62.

May 16, 2013
The Carl N. Platou Emergency Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital will open its doors in 2015—more than doubling the square footage of the current emergency department.

Named after a visionary Fairview leader, the expansion is needed to continue meeting community needs now and in the future.

Fairview Foundation already has raised $7.5 million as part of a $15 million campaign in support of the $39 million project.

“This project will ensure, as our communities grow, they can get the treatment they need in an environment that meets our standards of healing, privacy and comfort,” says Robert Solheim, chair of Fairview Southdale Hospital’s board of trustees.

Our vision for the future of emergency care
The expansion is designed in response to great community need. Today, the Fairview Southdale Emergency Department, one of the busiest in the Twin Cities, sees far more people than were ever intended to be served by the facility: nearly 43,000 in 2012.

The new emergency center will:
  • Expand our capacity to serve a growing—and aging—population
  • Improve access and speed of care
  • Respond to changing health needs
  • Create a smarter approach to meeting chronic health care needs

“We’re not just trying to renovate the space,” says Bradley Beard, president of Fairview Southdale Hospital. “We’re redesigning care for people who come to the emergency department in a way that best meets their needs and best utilizes our abilities.”

The emergency center is named
in memory of Carl N. Platou,
a pioneering Fairview leader. 

Center to honor a true hero: Carl N. Platou
Carl N. Platou led Fairview on a path of extraordinary growth and innovation for nearly 40 years—a path that would forever change the field of medicine in Minnesota and the nation.

A decorated war hero in WWII, Carl was hired in 1952 as the administrator of Fairview Hospital, which at the time was one of the smallest hospitals in the Twin Cities. Among many other achievements, Carl led the founding of Fairview Southdale Hospital in 1965. It was the first full-service satellite hospital in the nation and became a model for other hospitals across the country.

As Fairview Southdale Hospital looks to its second half-century of service to the community with this project, it is only fitting that the new emergency center recognizes Carl’s legacy.

Now, we need you
Fairview Foundation already has raised $7.5 million from community leaders and philanthropists as part of a $15 million campaign—the largest fundraising campaign in Fairview’s history.

“It’s an ambitious project and to build the very best, we need to partner with the communities we serve to raise an additional $7.5 million in the next 18 months,” says Larry Laukka, the community volunteer chairing the fundraising campaign.

“We are grateful to the donors who are making this important project possible,” says Solheim.

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