Building on our campus expansion that began in 2012, St. Luke’s is expanding our Emergency Department (ED), Cardiac Cath Labs, helistop, and other emergency and imaging services to St. Luke’s Building A. This project will triple the size of our current ED and provide emergency transport with immediate accessibility to critical care services, offering our community improved quality, access and patient experience when in need of emergency care. While this project is a large undertaking in itself, it is only a part of a multi-year, three-phase plan to ultimately replace our hospital and redevelop our entire medical campus, called St. Luke’s Health Forward Initiative.
Core Project Components
May 2019 – August 2020
- New Emergency Department
- New Outpatient CT
- New Cardiac Cath Labs
- Expanded cardiac services
- Ambulance garage in parking ramp with helistop
The exterior of the new Building A ramp is essentially complete, and the E. 1st Street level is now open for patient use. Work continues on the second level of the ramp, which will include Emergency Department parking and the ambulance garage. There is also a lot of activity inside Building A, where crews are finishing the new Emergency Department and continue building out the Cath Labs and Cardiac Rehab areas. All construction is on schedule. The city of Duluth is improving utilities on E. 2nd Street, and has begun work adjacent to St. Luke's. That project is on track to be complete prior to our opening of the new ED at the end of the summer.
Quality Patient Care
St. Luke’s is investing in this project to further patient care by developing an uncompromised care environment that focuses on timely access to critical services and efficient team work to care for each and every patient. The additional space, state-of the-art design, and advanced technologies will provide an environment that will better support the skills of our physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff in providing the best possible care to our patients.
A Staged Approach
St. Luke’s Health Forward Initiative has been broken out into a three phase, multi-year plan to redevelop our medical campus and replace our hospital. Completion of our current phase is scheduled for fall 2020 and will conclude Phase I of St. Luke’s Health Forward Initiative. Future expansion plans include:
Phase II: The size of Building A will double.
Phase III: A hospital tower will be added atop Building A.
We don’t currently have start dates for Phases II and III, and that’s by design. Our phased approach allows us to respond to changes in the economic climate, shifting reimbursement, advances in technology and changes in the way care is being delivered.