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Allina Health opens new Abbott Northwestern - WestHealth Emergency Department

PLYMOUTH, Minn. 01/07/2013

Allina Health officials say Abbott Northwestern - WestHealth's new Emergency Department and Urgent Care will provide the right care in the right setting - closer to home.

"This new facility integrates WestHealth's successful urgent care model into the expanded capabilities of a full-service emergency department that will be staffed by doctors from Abbott Northwestern Hospital who specialize in emergency medicine," said Ben Bache-Wiig, MD, president of Abbott Northwestern.

The Abbott Northwestern - WestHealth Emergency Department will be open 24/7 and accept patients brought by ambulances. In addition to 24-hour coverage by Abbott Northwestern emergency physicians, a pediatric emergency physician from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will be on site from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 5 to 11 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

WestHealth is located at 494 and Highway 55. For more information and directions, go to westhealth.com or call 763-577-7000.

About the facility

The 18,000 square-foot facility is equipped with advanced medical technology for delivering care in a quiet, healing environment. Some key features are:

  • One trauma room where critically ill patients can be stabilized and treated. This room is equipped with state of the art intubation and resuscitation equipment and bedside ultrasound for rapid identification of critical events.
  • 14 exam rooms with advanced monitoring equipment and computers for patient care and flat screen TVs for patient comfort. Floor to ceiling walls-rather than cubicle curtains-help ensure patient privacy, decrease noise and enhance infection control.
  • Two mental health rooms specially designed for the care and safety of patients who need a safe environment.
  • Decontamination room for use in situations involving chemical spills or other hazardous materials.
  • Open nurses' station with four work stations to help staff collaborate, work efficiently and have easy access to patient rooms.
  • An office for emergency medical services teams to complete patient documentation and other essential business between ambulance runs.

The existing urgent care at WestHealth serves 30,000 patients each year. Officials estimate that the new facility will expand services to 10 percent more patients.

About Abbott Northwestern - WestHealth

Located at Interstate 494 and Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway), Abbott Northwestern - WestHealth offers primary care, pharmacy, outpatient surgery, imaging, specialty care and urgent care and serves more than 1,000 patients each day. Abbott Northwestern - WestHealth is part of Allina Health. For more information, see allinahealth.org/westhealth.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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