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Buffalo Hospital Emergency Dept. changes

Emergency Department changes effective June 1

Buffalo Hospital, named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals- by Thomson Reuters, announced changes to services available in its Emergency Department.

Effective June 1, Urgent Care services will no longer be available in the Emergency Department. Patients will be directed to nearby, conveniently located options for Urgent Care, including:

¥ Buffalo Clinic's Urgent Care services, available from 1 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

¥ Allina Medical Clinic, Buffalo, which offers extended clinic hours on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

¥ Allina Medical Clinic, Annandale and Allina Medical Clinic,

St. Michael also offer extended hours on certain days of the week. More information is available at

¥ MinuteClinic, located within Buffalo's Cub Foods, also offers diagnosis and treatment for common illnesses from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"These changes are being made to better serve our patients with the right care, at the right time and in the most appropriate setting for their health care needs," said Laura Jenkins, COO/CFO, Buffalo Hospital.

Buffalo Hospital recently earned a Level III Trauma Center designation from the Minnesota Department of Health's Minnesota Statewide Trauma System.

"Buffalo Hospital has a long tradition of providing excellent care to patients," said Jennifer Myster, president, Buffalo Hospital "Each year, we treat close to 22,000 patients in our Emergency Department with highly trained emergency providers and advanced lifesaving equipment and technology."

As a part of the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA), Buffalo Hospital's Emergency Department doctors are board-certified in emergency medicine and have trained at Level I Trauma centers. The Emergency Department also offers a wide-range of specialists on call for emergency treatment, including orthopedics. Full-service imaging and laboratory services are available 24-hours a day.