FAIRMONT, Minn. — Gold Cross, Mayo Clinic’s ground ambulance service, is making a long-term investment in serving patients in the Fairmont region. A public ground-breaking ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and work beginning on the new Gold Cross facility is soon to follow. The new Gold Cross station, including space for medical crew and ambulances, will be built on a parcel of land near the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont campus. Planning for the project, which carries a $1.6 million budget, began in March of 2015.
This new facility will be the largest investment in a construction project since Gold Cross became part of Mayo Clinic in 1994 and is scheduled to be completed and ready to accommodate team members and vehicles by the end of October 2016.
Gold Cross Supervisor and lead on the project Kris Keltgen says the new station “represents a commitment to patients, the community and staff in Fairmont.” He adds that energy and cost efficiency were factored into the project, as well as an expandable design for future needs. Keltgen says input for the design and features of the facility were requested from staff to ensure it would be functional, practical and a fit for the long term.
“We look at the scope of this project as a confirmation that we are committed to serving the needs of the patients in the Fairmont region well into the future and ensuring that our team has a facility to meet their needs,” says Keltgen.
Keltgen adds that Gold Cross and Mayo Clinic Medical Transport leadership view the new facility as an opportunity to continue to attract the most qualified and proficient caregivers throughout the years. “We have never owned a facility in Fairmont, so when this project was approved, we wanted to make sure that it featured what our current team and prospective employees expected from a service of Mayo Clinic,” Keltgen says.
The location for the new facility also represents integration with Mayo Clinic Health System and perhaps an opportunity for further collaboration. “Being on campus (Gold Cross will have a land lease with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont) allows us to look at ways to collaborate, be integrated and share best practices,” Keltgen says.
“We view this project as a partnership with the region,” Keltgen says. “Gold Cross is a long-time member of the local business community, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to the City of Fairmont, our fellow business colleagues and the residents and visitors to the region.”
Local contractor Tech Builders of Fairmont has been retained to build the new facility. Many of the subcontractors and businesses involved with the project are located in the Fairmont region.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.