MN emergency room stands on its own

Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 14, 2011
The doors opened last week at the Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska, MN. They'll never be locked. The four-story building, along and named after the recently rerouted highway, features the state's first free-standing urgent care and emergency department. Like other ERs, it'll be open 24/7. Unlike other ERs, it's not connected to a hospital. "There's no need for a hospital," said Robert Stevens, president/CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center. "The [southwest metro] market is well-served by hospital inpatient beds, but it had a gap in the emergency department and urgent care services." Ridgeview owns and operates the center, and has its own hospital about 10 miles away in Waconia.

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