Aug. 21, 2006

Ridgeview Medical Center constructing heart center

Ridgeview Medical Center has broken ground on a 12,000-square-foot heart center in Waconia.

The heart center, due to open in 2007, will provide patients with seamless transitions across the continuum of cardiac care—from prevention and diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation, according to Ridgeview officials.  

“The addition of the heart center represents an important shift in the way we provide lifesaving cardiac care to residents in the west-metro area,” said Robert Stevens, president and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center. “For the first time, patients in this area will have access to interventional cardiac procedures such as angiography, angioplasty and stent procedures without having to leave their community.”

The new heart center will be built as an extension to the existing Ridgeview Medical Center campus in Waconia, which currently houses Ridgeview’s Cardiac/Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Rehab area. The center will provide patients with on-site access to the most advanced cardiac technology and treatment resources available.

Today, patients in need of emergency cardiac care are stabilized at Ridgeview and then transferred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis through the Level 1 Heart Attack Program, an award-winning patient transfer protocol in which Ridgeview physicians played a lead role in creating.

The heart center also provides Ridgeview with the opportunity to enhance and expand its existing 19-year partnership with the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, whose cardiologists currently treat patients in Ridgeview’s cardiac clinic and CICU.

Construction of the new facility and development of the on-site partnership is estimated to cost $13 million. It is expected that 100 percent of the funding for the heart center will come from philanthropy. Ridgeview has already received significant community support for the heart center, as evidenced recently by over $500,000 in individual contributions to the project at Ridgeview’s 21st annual community golf tournament in June – more than three times the revenue the tournament has ever generated.

The heart center is a precursor to two other advanced care services on the horizon at Ridgeview’s Waconia campus. A centralized Communications Center, linking Ridgeview Ambulance to Carver County’s 911 system and other first responders, and a Center for Women & Children will round out Ridgeview’s hospital campus in coming years. These additions, paired with the heart center, are a reflection of Ridgeview’s vision of delivering state-of-the-art specialty care within a community-based business structure.

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, 129-bed acute care hospital located on Highway 5 in Waconia. The hospital is the center of a regional health care network that includes clinics, emergency services and specialty programs.

For more information about the heart center or Ridgeview Medical Center, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.

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