Hundreds of employees, providers and community leaders gathered Thursday, Oct. 8 for the grand opening of the Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center, located on the Fairview Ridges Hospital campus. The four-story, 133,000 square-foot center is a major piece of a $60 million expansion on the campus.
The grand opening was celebrated in the south entrance of the hospital because this project was about more than the Specialty Care Center, explains Beth Krehbiel, Fairview Ridges Hospital president. While it was under construction, many enhancements were made to the hospital, including construction of a new lab, refurbishment of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, renovation of a pediatric floor, and creation of a dedicated orthopedic spine unit.
“All of those improvements, as well as the creation of the Specialty Care Center, mean the community has better access to the care it needs,” says Krehbiel.
Construction and community leaders joined in the celebration, including Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz; Rulon F. Stacey, Fairview president and CEO; Shari Prest, Fairview Ridges Board chair; and Fady Chamoun, MD, hospital chief of staff.
“This is an exciting time in Fairview’s history—and in the community’s history,” says Chamoun. “This community deserves the most state-of-the-art care available in an easily accessible location. As a physician, seeing this kind of investment from Fairview, commitment from the city of Burnsville and support from the community is amazing and inspiring.”
Several of the clinics within the Specialty Care Center began seeing patients Oct. 1. Other clinics will open this month and next.
Services provided in the Specialty Care Center include:
Philanthropy has played a significant role in the hospital expansion. Generous donors have contributed about $2.4 million to support the hospital expansion, with only $600,000 remaining left to raise.