Ridgeview breaks ground on new Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center in Waconia

Ridgeview broke ground Oct. 22 on the new Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center on its Waconia campus. Slated for completion in 2020, the $18.8 million, 23,000-square foot remodel and ED expansion will enhance Ridgeview’s capacity to provide lifesaving procedures and care for the thousands of patients and families who use Ridgeview’s emergency services each year.

“This is one of the most exciting and important improvements we will make to Ridgeview’s Waconia campus,” said Mike Phelps, Ridgeview president and CEO. “Ridgeview and the community it serves are deeply grateful to Norman and Ann Hoffman for their lead gift to make this significant project possible,” Phelps said.

The expansion will include improved patient experience and privacy, increased treatment and support space to enhance patient care, eight observation rooms, and four behavioral health Emergency Department rooms. The project will also include space for cardiac/pulmonary rehab to support patient recovery and wellness, improve patient experience and be more accessible to patients with a covered parking lot.

“We also thank the many generous community members, businesses and other supporters of our Lifeline for a Lifetime campaign, through which Ridgeview Foundation and its Board are raising funds in support of this significant project,” Phelps added.  “We especially recognize Charter Bank; Lakeview Clinic, Ltd.; Security Bank & Trust; Emergency Physicians & Consultants, PA.; Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin; and the Droege Family for their commitment to this campaign.”

Pictured from left to right are: Ridgeview Vice President John Prondzinski; Ridgeview Director of Construction and Real Estate Sara Aulizia; Waconia Mayor Jim Sanborn; Ridgeview Board Chair Mitch Kilian; Ridgeview Foundation Chair Fred Green; Lead Donors Ann and Norman Hoffman; Ridgeview President and CEO Mike Phelps; David Larson, MD, Emergency Physicians and Consultants Pa.; Matthew Herold, MD, Emergency Physicians and Consultants Pa.; Kathie Pulchinski, RN, Ridgeview Nurse Manager; Brittany Simonson, BWBR Architects; Scott Hughes, Knutson Construction; and Micah Vainikka, Knutson Construction.