7/24/2014 10:47:00 AM New facility is healthy and healing
by Sue Sullivan
"Absolutely beautiful!" exclaimed Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) Darcy Reber, of Mayo Clinic Health System-Cannon Falls. "It's welcoming, bright, professional-health and healing," she said looking for even more superlatives to describe the new facility. "It will enhance the patient experience with efficient visits."
Reber, a 16-year resident of Cannon Falls, has worked in family practice for four years. She enjoys her work here but acknowledges the old building is outdated, having served its purpose. The new larger single facility replaces a hospital, clinic, and a modular building.
In advance of its opening, Reber described some of what visitors at Friday's open house might see. "We have new equipment including safe beds that go all the way down to the floor to accommodate mobility, medication lock boxes so the staff won't need to leave the room, and patients can be weighed in the room providing improved privacy and patient confidentiality.
"There are five beautiful emergency rooms. Space and function have been re-evaluated throughout the process."
A serene healing garden for patients and staff will not be completed by Friday.
Encouraging the community to attend the celebration, it was further noted that the July 25 open house will be the only chance for non-staff members to see "all" parts of the hospital.
"We are all incredibly proud of and excited for the opening of our new community facility and of being part of this accomplishment," said Reber.
Predicting a very good turnout for the celebration, she further exclaimed, "The community will come and be able to see what has been accomplished by the collaboration of Mayo Clinic and the Cannon Falls community.