Hospital thanks backers of new Emergency Department

From the Carroll, IA Daily Times Herald:

Ed. ACUTE CARE, INC. is proud to be affiliated with St. Anthony’s.

The place hadn’t officially opened, yet the boss was already trying to drum up business.

As St. Anthony Regional Hospital dedicated its expanded Emergency Department, CEO Gary Riedmann jokingly took credit for the slick subzero conditions outside.

“Considering where we’re at tonight, I wanted to make it as icy, as slick, as possible for you to appreciate our product,” he kidded Tuesday night during a reception to thank contributors to the $4 million project.

St. Anthony renovated and enlarged its ER to address an increase in patients and privacy concerns for staff, those being treated and their families.

ER visits jumped from 5,767 in 2005 to an expected 7,140 this year.