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A two-story addition at M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital that will add 52 single-occupancy patient rooms and approximately 38,000 square feet of space to the building. The new floors have been built above the two-story Carl N. Platou Emergency Center on the north side of the facility.

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Southdale Hospital adds private rooms to improve patient experience and meet our evolving needs

Opening this fall, a new two-story expansion at M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital will add 52 single-occupancy patient rooms for the optimal comfort of patients.

  • September 28, 2021
  • By Staff Writer

Compassionate, individualized care – made easier.

Teams working at M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital have completed construction on two new floors of private patient rooms above the Carl N. Platou Emergency Center, adding approximately 38,000 square feet of space to the building. The new rooms are designed to be easily reconfigured for various needs – including both intermediate and intensive care. Our updated facility will offer greater privacy and a better experience for patients and their families.

In total, the expansion adds 52 new single-occupancy rooms at Southdale Hospital. The space will open to patients on Oct. 4, serving those staying at the hospital for orthopedic or spine-related care.

The construction project began in 2020 and is part of a larger transformation process within our system to improve patient experience and the health of the community. Construction was conducted in several phases to minimize the disruption to patients and families.

These rooms will provide improved privacy and comfort for patients throughout the hospital. They’ll also allow the hospital to better adapt as community needs change. Every new room is designed to be easily reconfigured for different levels of care. These include intensive and intermediate care, which provides ongoing monitoring and specific supports. The rooms will also be available for medical/surgical use. This type of care provides support for patients before and after an operation, as well as for a variety of other medical conditions.

"At M Health Fairview, we're always looking for new ways to make compassionate individualized care accessible and more enjoyable for all," said Jeoff Will, chief operating officer, acute care hospitals. "Sometimes, that's as simple as giving our patients and their families more privacy during their stay." 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unexpected challenges, but our commitment to transformation continues,” said Bryan Gaffy, vice president of operations at Southdale Hospital. “We are continually innovating, finding new strategies to care for patients in a way that’s responsive to their needs. We know from our experience with COVID-19 that this adaptability will serve us well now and in the future.”

Increasing the number of single-occupancy rooms will also improve infection prevention practices and decrease the potential for the spread of illness.

“I’m excited to see this expansion come to fruition,” said Joe Knowles, director of nursing at Southdale Hospital. “Our plans for this project have always been centered on improving the experience our patients have when they are in our care. We want patients to be comfortable and safe, and to know that they are getting the best care.”

As Southdale officially opens this new space, our community can know that the same, expert care teams are still in place – keeping safety, quality, and customer experience top of mind to get the best results for patients.