700-plus attended Regina Hospital’s Community Open House

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HASTINGS, Minn. 1/12/2016  Thankfully, it's not often that a fit, healthy person gets to see the inside of a hospital Emergency Department.

But that's just what happened Saturday (January 9), when more than 700 members of the community took up Regina Hospital's offer of a sneak peek inside its new Emergency Department.

The Life Link III medical helicopter landed in one of the campus parking lots, allowing members of the public to view inside for the duration of the event. Hastings Fire & EMS and Allina Health EMS parked ambulances inside the new, enclosed ambulance garage. Families were able to tour the rigs and watch demonstrations on a simulation mannequin.

A fun scavenger hunt and Whac-a-Bug game added appeal for families. A brief program featured comments from Hastings mayor Paul Hicks, Regina Hospital president Tom Thompson, Emergency Department medical director Dr. Rudi Alvey and Regina Hospital board of trustees representative Martha Sullivan.

Emergency Department registered nurses then cut the ceremonial ribbon.

The Community Open House on Saturday followed several other events held earlier in the week for employees and volunteers, EMS, public safety and fire service personnel, and Regina Foundation donors.

Altogether, more than 1,200 people got a chance to view the new building prior to its official opening to patients, anticipated in February. "The Community Open House was a celebration for Regina and a celebration for Hastings," said Regina Hospital president Tom Thompson. "People got to see a new Emergency Department that is absolutely state-of-the-art."

About Allina Health

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, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.

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Regina Hospital emergency department registered nurses then cut the ceremonial ribbon. Front row, (L to R): Cindy McCutchen (ED nurse), Dr. Kelsey Echols, Myette Trudeau (ED nurse), Stephanie Cook (director of patient care), Jennifer Guild (ED patient care manager); Second row, (L to R): Jim McGlade (HR Director, East Region), Jack Manovich (project manager, facilities – Regina), Al Zavala (Foundation director), Stephanie Rohl (ED nurse), Tom Thompson (Regina president)