December 20, 2013
University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services broke ground Friday afternoon on a new, state-of-the-art Ambulatory Care Center.
The 330,000-square-foot, $160 million center will be completed in 2016. Once complete, the center will house outpatient clinics currently located in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building, the Masonic Cancer Clinic and an outpatient surgery center.
The center will be located at 909 Fulton Street SE in Minneapolis, on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus.
“Our vision for the Ambulatory Care Center is clear: we will build a venue that reflects and enhances the incredible care that we bring to patients every day,” University of Minnesota Physicians CEO Bobbi Daniels said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “Our goal is to provide the very best patient experience and the best patient outcomes.”
More than 200 physicians, advanced practice providers, clinical and operational leaders and staff have been involved in developing plans for the new facility. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved letters of intent among the parties in May 2012, paving the way for the construction of the facility. The Regents approved final agreements around the center at a meeting on Dec. 12, 2013, following approval by the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services boards.
Construction of the center gives UMPhysicians and Fairview Health Services an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine the patient experience and the way we deliver care. Patient needs and the principles of innovation, research and cost-effective care have been incorporated at every level into the ACC design.
“What’s happening here is much more than just the symbolic breaking of frozen ground, it is an unmistakable signal that we’re moving forward together into a new state,” University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said during the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. “In partnership with Fairview Health Services, this Academic Health Center and this medical school will move towards world leadership and national leadership.
“We have the faculty, we have the students and now we’ll have the clinic to make that a reality.”