Heard on the Street: OMC to break ground on Women's Health Pavilion

Olmsted Medical Center will hold a groundbreaking from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday for its planned Women's Health Pavilion in Southeast Rochester.

Construction of the nearly 80,000-square-foot facility will soon begin on the site, which is located immediately to the west of OMC's hospital.

The $25 million expansion will double the hospital's size and will open to patients in early 2014.

"The new addition is being built in response to the growing healthcare needs of women in Southeastern Minnesota," OMC says in a press release."Women make up the highest percentage of OMC patients, visit our clinics twice as often as men and children combined, and frequently act as the primary healthcare decision-makers for family members."

The expansion will have an updated and renovated BirthCenter that will continue to operate as a Labor-Delivery-Recovery-Postpartum facility, a unique care model that maximizes patients' comfort and privacy.


The Women's Health Pavilion will also offer services including endocrinology, preventive care and wellness coaching, diagnostic radiology, psychiatry, nutrition services, and physical rehabilitation.

OMC Regional Foundation, a separate not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Olmsted Medical Center and its patients, recently launched the "Women's Health Pavilion Promise" capital campaign to raise $5 million for the construction from friends and community partners.

OMC's 160 clinicians and 1,000 healthcare professionals serve at 18 locations, including two outpatient multi-specialty clinics, a Level IV trauma hospital with 24-hour emergency room, two walk-in FastCare retail clinics in Rochester Shopko stores, a walk-in Skyway Clinic in downtown Rochester, and many community branch clinics.

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