A partnership announced today with U.S. Bank Stadium and Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) means that guests will be in good hands when the new stadium opens next month. Guest experience, including the health and wellness of guests, is a top priority for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), SMG and the Minnesota Vikings. As the exclusive medical service provider, HCMC will provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and emergency medical response personnel for events in the stadium, backed by the full services of the healthcare system.
“We are very happy to announce our partnership with HCMC,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair of the MSFA. “They have extensive experience as the largest emergency facility in Minnesota and are the best partner to provide unparalleled services to our visitors.”
For HCMC, the new partnership is a natural extension of its health and wellness services into a venue that will bring millions of people from across the state, region, and world to downtown Minneapolis every year.
“Our services span the spectrum of health, from primary and specialty care in our clinics, to emergency medicine, EMS, and disaster preparedness, so it’s a natural partnership for us to support the health and wellbeing of the guests who will attend events in the new stadium,” said Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO.
Paramedics and emergency medical response teams will provide care to event participants and fans with EMS coverage or first aid support for Vikings games and other major events at U.S. Bank Stadium.
“We have decades of experience supporting major events at stadiums and arenas,” said Jeffrey Ho, MD, EMS Chief Medical Director. “This is a very large facility, but it was designed to give us the access that we need to provide outstanding care both on the field, in the stands, and within the concourses.”
If ambulance transport is needed to the hospital, HCMC’s main campus, including Level l adult and pediatric trauma care, is just one block away. HCMC serves the healthcare needs of downtown residents, workers, and visitors today and is currently building a new, 377,000 square foot clinic and specialty center close to the new stadium.
“Delivering excellence through guest experience is top of mind for U.S. Bank Stadium employees,” said Patrick Talty, General Manager for SMG at U.S. Bank Stadium. “HCMC will become an extension of that important principle as our medical services provider for events large and small. We are confident in the emergency services, first aid support and overall dedication to wellbeing for our event participants and guests through this partnership.”
About Hennepin County Medical Center
Hennepin County Medical Center is a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with the largest emergency department in Minnesota. The comprehensive academic medical center and public teaching hospital and clinic system includes a 484-bed acute care hospital, EMS service, and primary care and specialty clinics located in downtown Minneapolis and the Whittier and East Lake St. neighborhoods, and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. HCMC provides home care and hospice services through MVNA and Hospice of the Twin Cities. HCMC EMS serves 14 municipalities within Hennepin County, covering 266 square miles and a population of over 700,000. HCMC is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County. More information at hcmc.org.
About U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium, owned and operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, is a multi-purpose stadium and home to the Minnesota Vikings. The 66,000+ seat stadium is located in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. With 241,000 square feet of prime exhibition space and six club spaces throughout the building, this state-of-the-art facility will host prominent national and international programming including the Minnesota Vikings, concerts, family shows, college and high school sporting events, conventions, trade/consumer shows, and corporate or private meetings and events. U.S. Bank Stadium is set to open summer 2016 and has been chosen as the site of Super Bowl LII (2018) and the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019.
U.S. Bank Stadium is an SMG managed facility. Aramark’s M Hospitality is the exclusive provider for Food and Beverage at U.S. Bank Stadium.
For more information: www.usbankstadium.com
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide.
For more information: www.smgworld.com