United Hospital to open new emergency department
ST. PAUL, Minn. 04/11/2011--Allina's United Hospital will celebrate its new emergency department, the Peter J. King Emergency Care Center, on Friday, April 15, with an open house. The public event is free and open to the public. It starts at 2 p.m. at 333 North Smith Avenue, St. Paul.
The event will feature a parade of ambulances from area EMS (emergency medical services) organizations, a flyover by a medevac helicopter and presentations. Tours of the new facility, the opportunity to observe a medical training session, health screenings, activities for children, and refreshments will be available.
The new United Hospital emergency department provides important and much-needed emergency medical care capacity in the East Metro.
"As the flagship hospital for the Twin Cities East Metro area, United Hospital faces constant, daily pressure to provide effective, fast and affordable treatment to the community," said Dan Foley, MD, United Hospital vice president of medical affairs, and a physician in the emergency department. "The emergency department is the main entry point for many who need urgent health care."
The new emergency department is 33,000 square feet, compared to the old one at 12,000 square feet.
"The new Peter J. King Emergency Care Center will allow us to better serve our community," said Foley. "Our new, state-of-the-art facility will have 40 beds compared to the current 20-bed facility. Our annual capacity will increase to 58,000 compared to the current 44,000 we serve now in the old department which is well above design capacity."
In addition to capacity, the new facility will introduce new patient triage procedures. Patients will be assessed as soon as they arrive and prepared to be seen by emergency care staff.
All necessary diagnostics equipment will be located in the new facility. In the old department, patients needing x-rays, ultrasound or CT scans had to be taken elsewhere in the hospital for imaging.
In case of a toxic chemical event, the new facility has a decontamination area. Four trauma rooms are available, as well as specially designed sexual assault exam rooms, and six psychiatric rooms for mental health patients.
Cost of the new department is about $25 million. The United Hospital Foundation raised about $13.5 million, with the rest of the money coming from Allina Corporation allocating strategic capital.
"Peter J. King, for whom the emergency department is named, was a key member of the planning group," said Duke Adamski, president of United Hospital Foundation. "Unfortunately, he died last month, before the new facility could open. But throughout the process, he offered input, and toured the facility several times during construction.
"At our April 2007 groundbreaking, Peter said to me, 'I want to do as much as possible to help as many people as possible. I want to give you the lead gift (through the Peter J. King Foundation),' " Adamski remembered.
The new emergency department will see its first patients on April 21.
About United Hospital
United Hospital, the largest hospital in the Twin Cities east metro area, is a not-for-profit hospital providing a full range of health care services to more than 200,000 people each year. United offers a wide range of health services including a birth center, cardiac care in the Nasseff Heart Center and United Heart & Vascular Clinic, emergency care, oncology, orthopedics, neurosciences and epilepsy, a pain center, rehabilitation, medical imaging and surgery. More information about United Hospital, which is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, can be found at unitedhospital.com.
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