Fairview Ridges Hospital is excited to be expanding our services to provide even more comprehensive, world-class care to the Minnesota River Valley. Scheduled to be completed fall of 2014, a new state-of-the-art specialty care center will be home to the Ridges Surgery Center, an imaging center, cardiac rehabilitation, oncology, musculoskeletal services, a retail pharmacy and a home medical equipment store. The hospital expansion included a new laboratory, refurbished pediatric unit with larger child- and family-friendly rooms, a new orthopedic spine unit and an observation/outpatient unit.
New specialty care center
The 133,000 square-foot specialty center will include:
- Heart Center
- Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Center
- Cancer Center
- Ridges Surgery Center
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Retail Pharmacy with drive-thru
- Fairview Home Medical Equipment Store
- Parking ramp with free patient parking
The building also will consolidate our musculoskeletal services now housed in three buildings around campus, including Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, the Institute for Athletic Medicine, Fairview Pain Clinic and orthopedic surgeons, as well as chiropractic, orthotic and prosthetic services.
In addition to the new specialty center, we are making several improvements/advancements to the existing hospital, including:
- Relocating the orthopedic/spine unit to a renovated sixth floor, which also will feature a physical therapy gym.
- Refurbishing the Pediatric Unit: New, semi-private rooms provide a more patient- and family-friendly environment for pediatric patients.
- Creating an Observation Unit on the second floor, with treatment areas for patients who need close monitoring without requiring admission to the hospital.
- Adding onto the first floor. The addition will house a new entryway and a corridor accessing the skyway to the new specialty care center.
- New laboratory. The laboratory is more than 30 percent larger than before.
A new patient parking ramp will be constructed on the south side of the hospital. It will be three levels and hold 300 parking stalls. All parking on our campus will remain free for patients and visitors.
To accommodate the increased need for free and convenient patient parking, we are gradually moving employee parking across the street, next to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Because of increased pedestrian traffic in the crosswalk across Nicollet Blvd., measures are being taken to improve pedestrian and motor vehicle safety. This included the installation of two new crosswalks connecting the hospital and Prince of Peace with pedestrian-controlled, rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFB).