Groundbreaking held for emergency center at Fairview Southdale Hospital

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the
Carl N. Platou Emergency Center at Fairview Southdale
Hospital in Edina.
Sept. 16, 2013
Community leaders, donors, hospital employees and others celebrated the groundbreaking for a new emergency center at Fairview Southdale Hospital on Monday.

The new, state-of-the-art emergency center is slated to open in 2015 to serve the community and honor a longtime Fairview leader, Carl N. Platou.

A new way of delivering emergency care
The project quadruples the square footage of the hospital’s emergency department. It will expand trauma facilities and use an innovative model of emergency care designed for faster treatment.

“This new emergency center will help us to not only meet, but exceed the high standards set by Carl N. Platou,” said Brad Beard, president of Fairview Southdale Hospital.

It will do this, he added, by “introducing an innovative triage model, maximizing patient and family experience, reducing hospital admissions, improving care outcomes, creating a faster flow through to the most appropriate and cost-efficient care you need; and by establishing a focus for patients who suffer from chronic diseases.”

Named in memory of the former Fairview president who led the development of Fairview Southdale Hospital, it will be called the Carl N. Platou Emergency Center.

Nancy Platou Steinke, daughter of Carl N. Platou, said her father would be proud: “Everything about this hospital meant so much to Dad, 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.”
An artist's rendering of the new Carl N. Platou Emergency
Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital. The center is
slated to open in 2015.

Expanding our capacity to care for patients
Fairview Southdale Hospital opened in 1965, and the emergency department has been largely unchanged since 1985. It has reached maximum capacity and capability for patient care: The emergency department was designed to manage 30,000 visits a year. Last year, there were nearly 43,000 visits. The new center will have capacity for 70,000 visits a year.

The emergency center will feature a separate area for treating patients with chronic conditions—the Popp Chronic Disease Care Center. Donors Teri and Bill Popp have made Fairview Southdale Hospital their hospital of choice over the years.

“While Fairview Southdale is not the closest hospital to our home, we’ve made it our primary care facility for the past 30 years due to the exceptionally attentive and knowledgeable care of the doctors, nurses, staff and administration,” Teri said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Due to my experiences with chronically debilitating migraine headaches, the prospect of Fairview incorporating a chronic care center into this wonderful facility excited us,” she added.

“People suffering from migraines, diabetes or chronic heart conditions, such as congestive heart failure, as well as many other chronic issues will get the specialized care and treatment they need quickly in order to stabilize their condition and return to their normal lives.”

More than 200 people attended the groundbreaking
ceremony, including emergency responders.

Edina mayor grateful for Fairview's commitment to local care
Among the more than 200 people at Monday’s groundbreaking event were community leaders who helped lift shovels of dirt in a ceremonial kick off to the construction.

Edina mayor Jim Hovland spoke about the benefit the new center brings to the community. “The need for both emergency and chronic care will continue to grow as our population ages. Today about 20 percent of Edina residents are 65 or older, compared with about 12 percent for the state as a whole,” he said.

“On behalf of our community, I’d like to thank Fairview community hospitals and Fairview Southdale Hospital for standing by our community when we need them most,” he added.

Other speakers at the event included Dan Anderson, president of Fairview community hospitals and chief operations officer; Larry Laukka, chair of fundraising effort; and Stephen Battista, MD, Fairview Southdale Hospital board chair.

Community support sought
To reach its fundraising goal of $15 million, Fairview Foundation has $5.35 million left to raise. This is the largest fundraising campaign in Fairview’s history. Overall cost of the project is about $42 million.

Learn more about the new Carl N. Platou Emergency Center and the fundraising campaign to support it at

Fairview Southdale Hospital, located in Edina, Minn., has 327 staffed beds. It offers access to more than 40 specialty services including cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, obstetrics, primary care, neurosciences, critical care, vascular and emergency services.

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