EDINA IS HOME TO One of the Finest Hospitals in the State

Minnesota has long been one of the most progressive and exceptional states when it comes to healthcare. We lead the nation in quality of life, in healthy citizens and in top-notch healthcare services.

When it comes to healthcare services in Edina, residents have a plethora of choices – from specialty care centers to family practitioners; from dentists to chiropractors. Edina is also home to Fairview Southdale Hospital – one of the finest hospitals in the state. Edina is the only suburb in the area that is home to a hospital.

Since 1965, Fairview Southdale Hospital has served the Edina community, as well as the communities of Bloomington, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and more. Conveniently located on France Avenue and Minnesota Highway 62, Fairview Southdale Hospital is a full-service, 390-bed acute care center, specializing in maternal and newborn care, cardiac care, oncology, mental health treatment, eye care, vascular, spine, neurology, neurosurgery, urology and orthopedic surgery and joint replacement.

Fairview Southdale also provides complete outpatient care to our community with a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department, urgent care for evenings and weekends, diagnostic radiology and imaging and a same day surgery center. Fairview Southdale also offers a wide selection of health education and wellness programs. Hospital administrators believe that offering the finest in healthcare includes addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Through continuous growth and investment, Fairview Southdale Hospital strives to ensure your family enjoys the best healthcare. The hospital’s emergency room serves more than 40,000 patients per year, and Fairview’s maternity ward is one of the finest in the country. Annually, more than 3,200 children are born in the hospital. The staff of more than 1,000 physicians, 2,200 health professionals and 500 volunteers is dedicated to providing you with high quality medical care and expert, personal attention – from diagnosis through treatment.

Fairview Southdale Hospital held its grand opening on Oct. 1, 1965 – exactly two years after its groundbreaking. The hospital immediately established itself as a strong primary care institution, and by its first year, 2,251 babies were delivered.
The emergency department was extremely busy, seeing as many as 200 people each weekend. While the first leg of the Crosstown freeway was open, the interstate was not, and a steady stream of ambulances headed to Fairview Southdale rather than negotiate side streets to downtown hospitals.

In its first year, Fairview Southdale became the teaching hospital for St. Olaf College nursing students. The new hospital also began its own clinical pastoral education program. By its third year, Fairview Southdale Hospital was one of the largest medical facilities in the Twin Cities. In the 1980s, Fairview Southdale also began several other well-regarded subspecialty programs, including the Cancer Care Center, which excelled both in ontological treatment and national clinical research.

In 2001, Fairview Southdale Hospital and its partners opened the Minnesota Heart and Vascular Institute (MHVC), a portion of the hospital dedicated to overall heart and vascular care. Recognized as one of the best heart and vascular centers in the country, MHVC ranks in the top one percent nationally for heart attack survival rates.

MHVC’s staff recognizes there is a strong correlation between strokes, heart attacks and vascular disease. One stroke can lead to another or to a heart attack without proper prevention. Educating patients about the connectedness between heart and vascular disease is a key piece in preventing future episodes. Physicians and caregivers spend time with patients, helping them understand their conditions and future risks and developing a preventive plan to help them live the healthiest lives possible. MHVC brings together cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, radiologists, neurologists and rehabilitation specialists to offer integrated heart and vascular care. The cardiovascular system – heart, arteries and veins – is interconnected, and MHVC believes patient care should also be interconnected.

Fairview Southdale Hospital is also affiliated with clinics in the area. Four Fairview clinics serve the community, including Fairview Crosstown Clinic on France Avenue, Fairview Oxboro Clinic in Bloomington, Fairview Jonathan Clinic in Chaska and Fairview Eden Center Clinic in Eden Prairie. Fairview Southdale is owned by Fairview Health Services, which offers patients the complete continuum of care through Fairview-University Medical Center in Minneapolis, Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Fairview Riverside Medical Center in Minneapolis, Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center in Wyoming, Fairview Northland Hospital in Chisago City and Fairview Red Wing Hospital in Red Wing.

To learn more about patient care at Fairview Southdale Hospital, call 952-924-5000.

SOUTHDALE TO Host Race for the Cure
By Brett Carlson

The Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure is held annually to honor those who have had the strength and courage to fight breast cancer. The race, which is the largest in Minnesota, will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 2004, at Southdale Center in Edina. Southdale has proudly hosted the event since its inauguration in 1992.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 40 to 59 in the U.S.

This year’s race is offering four different events: 5K timed run, 5K walk, 1K run and 400-meter Kids for the Cure Fun Run. The race starts and finishes on 69th Street (between France Avenue and York Avenue next to Southdale Center), and takes participants through beautiful Rosland Park and around Lake Cornelia. France Avenue from 66th Street to 70th Street and 69th Street west of York Avenue will be closed. In addition, Valley View Road south of 66th Street and 66th Street from Valley View Road to West Shore Drive will be closed for the event.

The 400-meter Kids for Cure Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 10 at 5 p.m. There are four age divisions in the Fun Run, and each participant is given a T-shirt and goody bag. Kids registered in the Fun Run can participate in the Sunday race day events at no additional cost.

More than 50,000 participants are expected to walk or run, and approximately 8,000 of the total participants are runners. The Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure attracts both serious runners and people interested in supporting the cause. Spectators are encouraged to watch from both the host race headquarters at 69th Street and York Avenue and around the course.

This year’s event is expected to raise more than $2.25 million, and approximately 75 percent of the net proceeds stay in Minnesota. In 2002, the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation distributed more than $1.9 million to help fund national research and statewide breast cancer screening, education and treatment programs targeting medically underserved Minnesota women.

As part of the race day festivities, there will be a Health Expo Tent exhibit held at the race headquarters. People can receive breast cancer educational materials, product samples and gifts from race sponsors.

Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure will have a store, courtesy of Southdale Center, on the main floor in the Southdale Center from Monday, April 7 to Saturday, May 10. Pins, bracelets, T-shirts and sweatshirts are among the merchandise available for purchase. Proceeds support the fight against breast cancer.

Survivors are invited to be guests of honor at the “Salute To Survivors” ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m. on race day. This special event will honor breast cancer survivors while remembering those whom have died of the disease.

Registration for entrants in the combined Women’s & Men’s 5K Run must be postmarked or entered online by April 26 in order to be guaranteed for automated timing and eligibility for awards. Non-timed runners and walkers may register through race day. For additional information, call 952-746-1760 or visit


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