Reimagining St. Joseph’s
Our vision for St. Joseph’s Campus involves creating a health and wellness hub focused on three areas: health, housing, and supportive services.
A once-in-a-generation opportunity.
That’s how we view the chance to reimagine the services available to the community at St. Joseph’s Campus in downtown St. Paul.
For years, St. Joseph’s operated as the smallest of four acute care hospitals located within a few blocks from each other downtown. More than half of all St. Joseph’s patients came from outside the city of Saint Paul and 72 percent of the hospital’s total emergency department visits were considered potentially preventable with proper primary care – which was one of the highest rates in the state. Acute services and traditional emergency room care can be expensive and may only address short-term healthcare needs without providing a long-term solution for patients.
Based on more than 300 community conversations over two years, it became clear that the current care model at St. Joseph’s was not meeting the health needs of the surrounding communities. Nor was that model financially sustainable for our healthcare system.
For our community. With our community.
“This unique site in the center of downtown St. Paul represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the health outcomes of the surrounding communities, to attack health and racial inequities, and to focus on improving health rather than treating sickness. To achieve this vision, we must collectively reimagine our footprint in St. Paul to best meet the needs of the community. We are resolute in our commitment to the community. We are actively seeking to design this new hub of health and wellness with the community, government partners, and others who have dedicated themselves to service within this community.”
- James Hereford, President and CEO, Fairview Health Services
Though we are working to transition many staff to other positions, our inpatient mental health unit at St. Joseph’s will remain on site to help address mental health needs with no change to our current inpatient bed count. Our long-term acute care (LTAC) services at St. Joseph’s will also continue unchanged.
As the largest provider of mental health services in the Upper Midwest, our commitment to mental healthcare for Minnesotans and others has always – and will continue to – run deep.
In addition to inpatient care at St. Joseph’s, our innovative Transition Care Services program is helping people with mental health needs bridge gaps between an initial hospital visit and follow-up care – which can be a particularly challenging and vulnerable time with urgent needs. Based at St. Joseph’s, the program provides same-day access to mental health and addiction care.
“It’s common for patients who are hospitalized or who seek initial treatment to have to wait several days for their next appointment,” said Emergency Medicine Physician and Psychiatrist Richard Levine, MD. “During that time, they may lose their motivation for treatment. Or they may start to feel better and think they don’t need additional care. “The new Transition Care Services program on the St. Joe’s campus is set up to directly target this need.”
Our Mobile SUDS program is a lifeline for people who need addiction care. The program’s mobile recovery team brings services directly to patients our in the community.
On March 29, we opened Minnesota’s first EmPATH mental health service – a pioneering new treatment model that offers rapid, comprehensive care in a calming environment. We’re proud to be the first in Minnesota to embrace this model, which moves emergency mental health care in a pioneering direction.