Innovation and accessibility.
Those are the guiding principles of the new University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, which opens in February 2016.
The 342,000-square-foot facility will house 37 medical specialties, from primary care to neurology and orthopaedics. When it opens, the building will also be home to the Masonic Cancer Clinic, infusion center, lab and imaging services, a retail pharmacy, café, an outpatient surgery center and other clinical services. Some services will open on Feb. 22, while others will be available for patients beginning Feb. 29.
The state-of-the-art Clinics and Surgery Center is an unprecedented opportunity for University of Minnesota Health to reimagine the outpatient experience for our patients.
For starters, the building design is flexible and modular, which allows us to adjust our clinical spaces on a day-to-day basis to meet the number of patients who need a specific service. Housing so many specialties under a single roof also promotes greater communication between the specialists on your care team. In fact, our building is equipped with “collaboration spaces” where care providers from one or more specialties can meet together to discuss your care. Often, we will be able to coordinate your appointments with different specialists to increase the efficiency of your visit. Our diagnostic and treatment services are often located adjacent to or near our clinical services, which means patients won’t have to go far for necessary medical tests.
“A lot of things that had been done in an inpatient environment can now be done in an ambulatory [or outpatient] setting,” said University of Minnesota Health President Bobbi Daniels, MD. “That makes it much more convenient for patients to be able to go home at night. It makes it much less expensive for them. It really allows us to do other innovations that enhance care.”
To incorporate the latest research and medical innovations into your care, we’ve also created a Discovery Experience at the Clinics and Surgery Center. Video monitors will promote clinical trials and other research opportunities in the center, and patients can use kiosks throughout the building to access StudyFinder, a website that will help them find relevant health research opportunities.
The Clinics and Surgery Center is located at 909 Fulton Street SE in Minneapolis, on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus. Groundbreaking on the new Clinics and Surgery Center took place in December 2013, after the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved the final agreements around the center.
All of the clinics located in the older Phillips-Wangensteen and Mayo Buildings on campus, except our Ophthalmology Clinic, are relocating to the new Clinics and Surgery Center.
"We’re very excited about the opportunity to offer patients an even better experience through our new clinic and surgery center, which has been designed to consolidate services in one convenient facility,” said Mary Johnson, the University of Minnesota Physicians Chief Operating Officer and project lead for the new center. "Patients will appreciate the way this facility will make it easier for them to access our extraordinary care."