LAKE CITY, Minn. — A major remodel of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Emergency Department (ED) in Lake City will improve the overall patient experience as well as patient and staff safety. Construction will begin this summer.
“Our remodeled ED will improve our capacity to care for more patients. The remodel will also improve functionality, privacy and safety,” says Brian Whited, M.D., Vice Chair of Operations, Mayo Clinic Health System and incoming CEO of health system locations in Canon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing locations. “We’re excited to be moving forward with this project.”
Highlights of the remodeled ED in Lake City include:
- Four private treatment rooms to allow staff to safely and privately care for multiple patients. Currently, the ED has one private and two curtained treatment spaces.
- Added safety features for patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- A separate ED entrance away from the hospital entrance which will offer added safety for patients and staff.
- Patients who arrive by ambulance will have a separate entrance from patients who arrive on their own. This will help improve overall flow.
- Families and visitors will have a comfortable waiting area available to them in the ED during a typically stressful time.
“Mayo Clinic Health System continues to be committed to its staff, patients and the Lake City community,” says Dr. Whited. Mayo Clinic Health System is investing $1.1 million dollars in renovating the ED in Lake City.
“The demand for emergency services in Lake City continues to increase each year,” adds Tom Witt, M.D., physician leader of hospital and emergency services across Southeast Minnesota. “It’s more common for our staff to be caring for multiple patients at the same time. Patients now also tend to have more complex behavioral health emergencies leading to increased concern for patient and staff safety. While our staff provides excellent care, the physical space no longer meets the need.”
Prior to construction starting this summer, Mayo Clinic Health System will flesh out a final design.
Mayo Clinic Health System also intends to renovate and expand the hospital in Lake City but plans and timelines have not been finalized yet.
Press ContactAsia Zmuda