St. Francis breaks ground on six rooms dedicated to mental health emergencies

[Shakopee News, June 01, 2021] St. Francis Regional Medical Center broke ground on a $5 million mental health emergency department expansion on May 18, adding six rooms designed for patients experiencing mental health emergencies.

The expansion will allow the emergency department to respond and care for individuals suffering from mental health emergencies and give them time to heal, according to the press release.

The emergency department will incur minimal disruption during construction and remain fully operational. The new mental health emergency space is anticipated to open in late 2021.

“St. Francis is committed to ensuring emergency mental health care to our growing community and offering the safest environment for those patients at their most vulnerable time,” St. Francis President Amy Jerdee said. “We have carefully tailored our expansion plans to meet our objectives, while balancing the needs of the growing population with our commitment to financial responsibility.”

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