Fairview Health Services plans to break ground later this year on a new home for the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview, that will consolidate pediatric and maternal services on the Riverside campus. The new home will enhance clinical care and provide a family-centered environment for patients and their families.
Slated to open in 2010, the new 185,000-square-foot building will house pediatric services currently located on the University and Riverside campuses. It will include children’s acute-care beds, medical/surgical units, blood and marrow transplant services, a children’s emergency department, solid-organ transplant services, and family space.
Pediatric behavioral services, the Birthplace, and the hospital’s 41-bed neonatal intensive care unit will remain on the Riverside campus connected to the new building. Adult medical/surgical services on the Riverside campus will move to the University campus, occupying space created by the pediatrics units’ moving to Riverside.
“This building will bring our care specialists together in closer proximity, allowing patients, families, and clinicians to interact more easily,” says Fairview chief executive David Page. The creation of a new home for the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview, is part of Fairview Health Services’ 20-year clinical campus facilities plan to replace and modernize the medical center’s facilities.
“The new facility complements the University of Minnesota Medical School’s plans to expand faculty clinical service lines,” says Frank Cerra, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences at the University.