Emergency Care at Fairview Northland Medical Center

Trusted emergency care; quick results

As a state-designated Level IV Trauma Center, the Emergency Department at Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton cares for everything from minor injuries to life-threatening events. Our physicians are highly trained and provide exceptional care 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.


In an emergency, call 9-1-1

No one plans for an emergency, but when one occurs, Fairview Northland Medical Center’s Emergency Department is ready to care for you or your loved one. And as needed, you’ll have access to a wide range of specialists. We also have surgical staff onsite, and digital imaging including X-ray, MRI and CT scanners.

Short wait times
When you are sick or injured, the last thing you want to do is sit in a waiting room for a long time. Our Emergency Department coordinates your care to get you back home as quickly as possible. In fact, our average time of care from the moment you walk in the door until the time you leave is less than 2.5 hours. At some emergency rooms you can spend that much time in the waiting room alone. 

More than 17,000 patients trust us to care for them every year, and we consistently earn high patient satisfaction results.

Watch Angie and Theresa's emergency story

Emergency Department Insurance and Payment Information

Fairview hospitals accept most major insurance plans. Bring a photo ID (driver’s license, passport, state or military ID are acceptable) and your insurance card with you to the Emergency Department if possible.

For your convenience, we accept:
  • Cash (hours during which cash is accepted may vary).
  • Personal checks
  • Credit cards – Visa, MasterCard and Discover

If you have questions about your bill or if you would like to make a payment, please call our business office at 612-672-6724. 
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Additional services

Express Care
Try one of Fairview’s Express Care clinics if you need fast, same-day care for an illness that is not an emergency or life-threatening. Find out which conditions should be treated in an emergency room and which should be seen at a Fairview Express Care.

The doctors and nurses at Fairview Northland Medical Center saved my life.

This past December I got sick. It started with a cold that lingered—after about a week, I went to my doctor at Fairview Clinics – Zimmerman. He checked me out, and my lungs sounded fine. That was on a Wednesday. My health went downhill fast from there.

By Friday, I was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. I was weak and could hardly walk—I didn’t even have the energy to answer my ringing phone. One of my friends got worried and basically forced herself into my house. When she saw me, she told me I had two choices: either she’d take me to the hospital, or she’d call 911. I wanted to wait for my husband to come home, but my friend was more stubborn than I.

My friend drove me to the emergency room at Fairview Northland Medical Center. The doctors quickly diagnosed me not only with pneumonia, but also septic shock, which was causing my kidneys to shut down. My heart rate was so high that they were worried I may have a heart attack. It was quite scary. I’m incredibly lucky that my friend took me the hospital when she did— my doctor told me I could’ve died if I had waited much longer to seek care.

I spent the next three days in intensive care. While a doctor there took care of me, I also used the video camera and monitor to Skype with the critical care doctors at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. It was pretty cool to know that doctors who specialize in really sick patients were monitoring my health while I was in the ICU and working with my doctor at Fairview Northland Medical Center. To receive such high level, state-of-the-art care close to home was wonderful.

Fortunately, I responded well to my treatments and only spent another three days in the hospital. It was right before Christmas, and I was determined to host my family’s celebration. I was still weak and needed an oxygen tank at first, but I didn’t let that stop me from cooking our holiday meal. With the help of my husband and 80 feet of tubing for the oxygen tank, we had a great holiday! My stay at Fairview Northland Medical Center was excellent—partly due to my nurses Andrea and Jason. I couldn’t have asked for better care.
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