Hospital Opens New Tower
|"One more welcome
addition to the landscape of the Phillips neighborhood."
The expansion is the latest major investment by a Phillips
new addition has changed the look of the Children’s
Hospital in the Phillips neighborhood. Opened in summer 2004,
the “Tower” features four floors built on top
of the south wing of the existing hospital building, adding
more than 42,000 square feet of space, including a renovation
of the existing second floor. The project has also added approximately
220 spaces to the existing public parking ramp adjacent to
“The expansion signifies our commitment on three fronts—to
families who bring their children to us, to the professionals
who help meet their health care needs, and to the Phillips
community, our community” says Alan L. Goldbloom, MD,
president and CEO of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.
“We also like to think of the Tower as one more welcome
addition to the landscape of the Phillips neighborhood and
symbolic of our commitment to the success of the Phillips
Partnership,” said Goldbloom.
Built for outpatient surgery and clinic patients, the Tower
greatly expands Children’s services for families. A
check-in area is located on the renovated second floor, and
two new 400-square-foot operating rooms are located on the
third floor. The fourth floor houses specialty clinics and
the fifth floor contains Children’s general pediatrics
clinic. The signature elevator gives the Tower its name, running
the height of the expansion.
The $15 million Tower will add at least 50 new positions to
Children’s Hospital’s staff, said Goldbloom. This
is the latest in a series of major investments in the neighborhood
by members of the Phillips Partnership. Next door, Abbott
Northwestern Hospital has added $170 million in facilities
in the past five years and has more than tripled (to 900)
the number of employees who reside in south Minneapolis. Wells
Fargo recently completed $175 million in expansions and improvements
to its campus, producing 4,300 new jobs.