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