Gold Cross plans open house

FAIRMONT — Gold Cross will hold a special public open house May 21 to unveil a $1.6 million ambulance station in Fairmont.

The event will be tailored for family participation with a variety of activities and displays, including a rollover simulator, Mayo One helicopter, child passenger safety seat inspections, a fire safety simulator, rescue equipment, bike helmet safety and stroke awareness education seminar

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. adjacent to the Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont campus, 800 Medical Center Drive.

Gold Cross Ambulance operations manager Kris Keltgen says in a press release that the new station “represents a commitment to patients, the community and staff in Fairmont.” He adds that energy and cost-efficiency were factored into the project, as well as a look ahead to future needs.

Keltgen says input for the design and features of the facility were requested from staff to ensure it would be a functional, practical fit for the long-term.

“We look at the scope of this project as a confirmation that we are committed to serving the needs of the patients in the Fairmont region for well into the future, and ensuring that our team has a facility to meet their needs,” he said.

Keltgen adds that Gold Cross and Mayo Clinic Medical Transport leadership view the new facility as opportunity to continue to attract the most-qualified and proficient caregivers throughout the years.

“We have never owned a facility in Fairmont, so when this project was approved we wanted to make sure that it featured what our current team and prospective employees expected from a service of Mayo Clinic,” he said.

The new facility was paid for entirely by Mayo Clinic, with no tax subsidies or direct costs to residents or impact to city budgets.

“We view this project as a partnership with the region,” Keltgen says. “Gold Cross is a long-time member of the local business community, marking 20 years in 2017, and we look forward continuing our commitment to the city of Fairmont, our fellow business colleagues and the residents and visitors to the region.”

Local contractor Tech Builders of Fairmont was retained to build and serve as general contractor for the facility. Many of the subcontractors and businesses involved with the project are also located in the Fairmont region.