Fairview Launching $112M Renovation of U of M Medical Center
University of Minnesota medical complex, view from Riverside Plaza. ( Photo by : August Schwerdfeger)

Fairview Launching $112M Renovation of U of M Medical Center

The project is set to begin this month and will feature an emergency room expansion and new operating rooms.

The University of Minnesota Medical Center is getting a $111.6 million make-over. The renovation project, announced this week, will include an expansion of the hospital’s emergency department and the addition of two new high-tech operating rooms.
Work on the center, which is the flagship property of Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, will commence this month. It will begin with the start of construction of a 7,000-square-foot emergency room addition featuring services on the first floor and operating rooms on the second floor, reported the Star Tribune.
“The biggest component of the renovation is a renovation of our operating rooms,” John Doherty, co-president of University of Minnesota Health, told the newspaper. “Many of those operating rooms are 20 to 30 years old and we need to expand the size of those so that we accommodate the needs of the equipment that we use in surgeries nowadays.”
Doherty said that instead of focusing on expanding inpatient capacity, the intent of the project is to improve the space for patients seeking emergency and short-stay services. As part of that effort, the new operating rooms to be built will include access to magnetic resonance imaging, which will help, for example, patients undergoing complex brain surgeries.
Already one of the state’s largest nonprofit health systems, with about 32,000 employees across 11 hospitals, 100 clinics, 40 pharmacies and other entities, the renovations to the center will further enhance Fairview’s capabilities.
Construction will be executed around existing patient care operations and consequently, is expected to continue through 2020.