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Expansion Update

Health care to support our growing community

At St. Francis Regional Medical Center, we are driven to provide compassionate care to heal the mind, body and spirit of patients who come to us for help. Today, we find ourselves at a crossroads needing to make important changes to serve our changing and growing community.

Read more to learn about St. Francis' expansion project and how to donate to the 2020 "A Vision Inspired" Capital Campaign.

Click here to read our news release.

The opportunity:

Our community is experiencing unprecedented growth and our current facilities cannot keep up with the demand in a way that honors our commitment to patients and their families.

  • The Emergency Department is expected to see a 33 percent increase in patients over the next ten years.

  • Our community is seeing a drastic rise in emergency mental health and addiction patients, and they are not receiving the resources they need to heal.

  • Our Cancer Center is expected to a see a 38 percent increase in patients over the next ten years.

The vision:

  • Expand the necessary areas of care at St. Francis to accommodate current and future growth, by reinvesting in our hospital and community, while striving to remain financially responsible stewards of our resources.

  • St. Francis will break ground on the Emergency Department portion of the project in May 2020. During construction, St. Francis’ emergency department will incur minimal disruption and remain fully operational. The new emergency department space is anticipated to open in fall 2021.

  • The Cancer Center expansion will begin in February 2020 and is expected to be complete in May. During construction, the Cancer Center will remain fully operational in 2020.

Emergency Department

St. Francis' Emergency Department was last expanded and remodeled twenty years ago. Since 2000, Shakopee’s population has doubled in size and Scott County’s population has grown by 60 percent. As a result of this constant growth, we can no longer provide the patient experience or privacy that our patients deserve. As part of the $25 million project, the Emergency Department will add 14 emergency rooms, two trauma rooms and an emergency mental health suite. Additionally, a new drive-through ambulance garage will accommodate up to four emergency vehicles and the Emergency Department entrance will feature enhanced patient drop-off and waiting areas.

Mental Health

As our community experiences a drastic rise in emergency mental health and addiction patients, our Emergency Department needs the resources to respond and care for these individuals as they heal. As such, our current capacity needs to grow to accommodate multiple patients for stays of up to 24 hours, as well as upgrade to provide these patients with safe, private, dignified rooms for their care.

As part of the $25 million expansion, up to six rooms will have the capability to house patients experiencing mental health emergencies, when necessary. All rooms will have access to secure nutrition stations and showers, and will be securely monitored 24/7 for patient and staff safety.

Cancer Center

As part of the $25 million expansion, St. Francis is also expanding its Cancer Center by renovating existing hospital space to grow the number of medical oncology exam rooms from four to eight, and by remodeling and expanding the footprint of the current infusion area. This will allow us to provide safe, compassionate and healing care to more patients with cancer in Scott and Carver counties.

2020 Capital Campaign

While the project will be largely funded from resources set aside for reinvestment in the hospital, St. Francis launched its 2020 Capital Campaign to seek contributions from the community to join in funding the necessary expansions and renovations. Lead by an initial donation of $1 million from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, donation and sponsorship opportunities are available at varying levels for community members and businesses that would like to make a lasting impact on St. Francis' legacy of care in our community.

To learn more about 2020 Capital Campaign donation opportunities, call 952-428-2071 or visit

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