Sun Prairie, WI – June 9, 2010 – ClosER, FastER, BettER. It’s what residents of Sun Prairie were promised and what has been delivered. On June 9th around 3:00pm, the St. Mary’s Sun Prairie Emergency Center cared for its 10,000th patient, well before its one year anniversary of opening, and well ahead of what was expected.
“We knew there was an unmet need for emergency services in Sun Prairie and we are just ecstatic with the community support we’ve received,” says Rebecca Jacobs, Interim Coordinator of the St. Mary’s Sun Prairie Emergency Center. “We thought it would take some time for people to realize we’re a 24/7 emergency center, but the community gets it and the patient stories we hear truly touch our hearts!”
It was originally expected that the Sun Prairie Emergency Center would care for its 10,000th patient around September 1, but that goal was exceeded by nearly three months! With a city population in the mid 20,000’s, this means more than one in three people in Sun Prairie has been cared for or knows someone cared for by the dedicated staff within its first year of opening.
The Center which opened on July 1, 2009, employs certified emergency nurses and 100% board certified emergency physicians. It’s Wisconsin’s only satellite emergency center and is conveniently located near the intersection of Highway 151 and Reiner Road. The innovative 13,500 square foot building was built on a 17 acre parcel, with future growth in mind. It features 10 treatment rooms - including a fire truck-themed room for pediatric patients, a helipad for transport to Madison hospitals and an InstyMeds machine(a 24 hour prescription vending machine). It’s also proof-positive of how successful a project can be when people truly listen to the needs of their community.
“The city of Sun Prairie approached SSM Health Care of Wisconsin several years ago with a vision for an emergency center never imaging quite how successful it would be,” says Patrick Cannon, Sun Prairie Administrator. “We look forward to partnering with them in the future to continue to meet the health care needs of our rapidly growing community.”