CANNON FALLS, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System patients were welcomed to the new medical center located at 32021 County Road 24 Boulevard one year ago this month. Clinic and outpatient services began Aug. 4 while emergency and hospital services officially started Aug. 7, 2014.
“We are incredibly pleased with the first year of operations in the new facility,” says Glenn Christian, operations manager in Cannon Falls. “The innovative design and state-of-the art technology allows our care teams to better serve our patients in many ways. We are honored to be a part of this community and to have the support of all who contributed to make this new vision of health care a reality in Cannon Falls.”
Unveiling the new facility
More than 2,000 people attended the grand opening of the new 92,000 square-ft. facility July 25, 2014. Guided tours of the building were given by staff members. Attendees also enjoyed free refreshments, outdoor music, kids’ games and face painting. A ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of Mayo One on the new helipad were also highlights of the day’s events. In the fall, area clergy and community members held a dedication ceremony for the Center for Hope, a calming and peaceful meditation space for patients and their family members.
Space for community interactions
The additional conference room space in the new facility has allowed community organizations such as the Cannon Falls Rotary and other non-profit organizations to conduct occasional meetings. Local coffee groups occasionally meet for breakfast in the Valley View Café. Educational seminars and wellness classes, such as yoga, have also been open to community members in the new facility over the past year.
Patient volumes increase
Since the opening of the new medical center, Mayo Clinic Health System has experienced increased demand for services, especially hospital, specialty and emergency services.
- Hospital patient volume increased 21%
- Emergency department visits increased 30%
- Surgery volume increased 32%
Additional employees, including several nursing staff, have been hired to accommodate the increased demand.
New and expanded services
In the clinic, new services including, dermatology, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics are now available. Existing services such as cardiology, general surgery, podiatry, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat are available on a regular basis. Rehabilitation services such as speech, physical and occupational therapies are better equipped and have expanded room to help inpatients and outpatients in their recovery process.
The medical center was built the ability to grow and expand services as needed. Approximately 8,800 square feet have been shelled-in to accommodate future growth. Later this summer, landscaping work on the healing garden will begin on the southwest side of the facility.
Collaborative, coordinated care
The building has also better facilitated standardized and integrated care. Health care teams are able to collaborate more easily and provide exactly the right care that each patient needs. Streamlined access to Mayo Clinic in Rochester when needed and other sites in Red Wing and Lake City also brings better coordinated care to patients. In addition, the onsite helipad enables emergency flight crews to airlift patients with improved response times.
“The benefits of the new medical center go beyond the continued presence of dependable, high-quality health care,” adds Tom Witt, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. “As we commemorate this first year of being in the new building, we look forward to serving the needs of our patients – and the community – for many years to come. Most importantly, we would like to thank our entire staff for the many contributions they have made in making this a successful first year.”
More than 2,000 people attended the grand opening of the new facility July 25, 2014.