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A modern and advanced Level I Trauma Center, the Department of Emergency Medicine is located at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. The department provides emergency care to more than 80,000 patients each year.

The vast majority of emergency department patients come from Olmsted County, Minnesota — for which Rochester is the county seat — and the six adjacent counties. Of the annual emergency department visits, 20 percent on average are pediatric patients. The level of activity is high, with approximately 12 percent of patients admitted to an intensive care unit.

Photo of Mayo Clinic pediatrics hospital wing

The majority of emergency medicine resident time is spent at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, a 1,265-bed facility that is connected to the downtown Mayo Clinic campus by a convenient shuttle bus service. The pediatric hospital also is located on the Saint Marys campus.

Most patients seen in the emergency department are admitted to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, where most of the receiving services are located. There are a few exceptions, including the obstetrics and gynecology, hematology and oncology, and transplantation services, which are located in or adjacent to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, part of the downtown Mayo Clinic campus.

Patient care areas

The Emergency Department has increased its footprint from 33,000 to 55,000 square feet. The expanded department encompasses 75 patient care rooms, accommodates more than 90,000 annual patient visits, and is daily surge and disaster ready.

Highlighted features of the facility include:

  • A universal room construct
  • Three dedicated adult resuscitation rooms capable of accommodating two patients simultaneously and one dedicated pediatric resuscitation room
  • A specialized behavioral health area
  • Rooms equipped with telemetry monitoring by telemetry personnel
  • Rapid computer access
  • In-department X-ray and laboratory services
  • An internal results waiting area (sub-waiting area)
  • Enhanced decontamination capability
  • A staging area that will allow for flexibility in patient evaluation and care
  • Rooms equipped with radiofrequency identification

Emergency Department Clinical Engineering Learning Lab (ED-CELL)

The ED-CELL is a partnership between the Emergency Department (ED) and the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. At Mayo, it's a first-of-its-kind live laboratory with multiple disciplines coming together to improve quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. This collaboration allows the ED to collect information, test novel ideas, learn together and use that knowledge to rapidly deploy innovation to improve patient care.

The ED-CELL encompasses many ongoing projects that collect data in advanced and more accurate ways. In May 2015, the ED-CELL introduced a real-time location system, an innovative way to collect data, which for the first time links the patient experience with the staff and equipment integral to the ED workflow. The data collected includes date, time and location of patients, staff and some equipment. Data is collected via radiofrequency identification technology.

Photo of Mayo Clinic emergency medicine residents reviewing a patient chart
  • Aug 18, 2016
  • ART949901