Allina will add 24-hour ER to WestHealth in Plymouth

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2012 - 9:33 PM

The unit, to be ready by year's end, will have doctors affiliated with Abbott Northwestern.

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An artist’s rendering of the emergency department, at right, planned for Allina’s WestHealth facility in Plymouth.

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Allina Hospitals & Clinics said it is adding an emergency department to its WestHealth facility in Plymouth -- a project expected to cost between $5 million and $8 million.

The new department will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with emergency room doctors affiliated with Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The 18,000-square-foot addition will be attached to the current campus, at Interstate 494 and Hwy. 55.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. At that point, WestHealth will provide emergency care in addition to primary care, pharmacy, outpatient surgery, imaging, specialty and urgent care.

"Not only will west metro residents have convenient access to additional health and wellness services at WestHealth, I think patients will like the efficiency and other advantages of being part of Allina's electronic health record," said Dr. Ben Bache-Wiig, president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

The project is part of a multiyear development that was launched in the mid-1990s. The first building was constructed in 1994, and a second phase encompassing expanded clinical services was completed four years later.

The emergency department is the third phase, and it's moving through the permit and design stage, Allina said.

Abbott is working with BWBR Architects and Mortenson Construction on the WestHealth project.

A future expansion will include a transitional care unit to serve patients in the west metro community -- care that Allina says costs less than a traditional hospital setting.

"This will be the outpatient health care campus of the future," Bache-Wiig said.

Janet Moore • 612-673-7752

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