In November 2017, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center will break ground on a multi-million dollar ER Expansion project.  The project will significantly expand the facility and enhance the patient experience.

The project will create a new emergency department and new main entrance with more than 14,000 square feet being added to the existing facility footprint. The changes will enhance care for a growing patient population through a larger emergency department with all private rooms and a central main entrance which will ease access for emergency and outpatient services. The improvements are designed to support the current internal work being done to provide patients with quality care.

The scope of the project also includes renovations to nearly 4,000 square feet of the existing hospital, including the main lobby and registration areas. The ED expansion includes a new 20-bed unit with private exam and trauma rooms, as well as dedicated work space for EMS. The new ED will include a new ambulance entrance and a new hospital entrance, both off 17th Street, with resigned parking areas.

“These improvements will enhance our number one priority – delivering quality care to our patients,” said Brent Burish, CEO of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. “These changes also will support our dedicated healthcare professionals by making hospital resources more accessible and efficient.”

The new expansion project builds on investments made in the last year to recruit physicians, renovate patient rooms, update technology and add new medical equipment. Construction is expected to be complete by fall of 2018.

Preparations are currently being made to ensure patient care will continue without interruption and the hospital will work to maintain patient comfort and visitor and staff convenience throughout the construction project. The current Emergency Department will continue St. Cloud Regional Medical Center’s commitment to serve patients in 30 minutes or less and enhance the quality of care that has earned the hospital’s designation as an accredited chest pain center.

St. Cloud Regional Medical Center is inviting the community to join in the celebration of this exciting time by attending the free family health fair on Saturday, November 4 from 9am to noon. The event will take place in front of the main hospital entrance and will provide the community a chance to see what the new Emergency Department will look like. Activities will also include free health screenings, a kids’ zone with face painting and a dig area, local vendors, St. Cloud Fire Rescue engines and more.