Fairview Northland Medical Center celebrates 25th anniversary

As a regional hospital, the ER has seen a 500 percent increase in patients.

Fairview traces its roots in Princeton, Minn., to the early 1970s, when we signed a contract to manage the 35-bed Princeton Community Hospital. Shortly thereafter, it was renamed and became the fourth hospital Fairview owned.

Over the next few years, Fairview Princeton Hospital thrived, but many neighboring hospitals and towns didn’t. Thirteen miles north, Fairview Milaca Hospital was having trouble finding patients. Seventeen miles south, a doctor’s retirement in Elk River left that city with only one clinic. So the communities joined forces with Fairview to find a solution.

In the summer of 1993, we opened a new hospital in Princeton: Fairview Northland Medical Center. Near a major highway instead of downtown, it was more accessible to residents across the region and more than twice the size.

Twenty-five years later, Fairview Northland is providing top-quality hospital care and has added a clinic for specialties such as orthopedic surgery and cancer care.

“We have gone from having surgical specialists providing services a few times a month to now offering core specialty services on a daily basis,” said Greg Schoen, MD, Fairview Northland’s Vice President of Medical Affairs. “We continue growing our medical specialties to meet patients’ needs close to home.”

That growth is also evident in the number of patients Fairview Northland serves. When it opened, the emergency room saw about 4,500 patients a year. It now serves more than 23,000 patients a year – a 500 percent increase.

Fairview Northland’s success has not gone unnoticed. It holds a four-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and has been named a top 100 hospital by IBM Watson Health and Truven Health Analytics. It was recently named one of the country’s “100 Great Community Hospitals” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

“We consider it an honor to serve the Princeton area,” said Bryan Gaffy, Fairview Northland’s Vice President of Hospital Operations. “We’re proud to be part of this community and to continue growing, changing, and succeeding together.”

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