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Mercy to hold groundbreaking, anniversary celebration May 31


An artist's rendering of the remodeled Mercy Hospital.

Mercy Hospital will celebrate its past and its future at a special groundbreaking and 50th anniversary event for the community at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 31. The event will be held outside near the emergency entrance.

“Fifty years ago, after much debate and discussion, the people of this area made a big decision to build a new hospital in a new location,” said Jason Douglas, Mercy CEO. “While not an easy one or one without certain risk, that decision regarding the future of health care took community commitment and vision. That decision continues to impact both the health and economy of our region today. It’s that same commitment and vision that continues to guide Mercy as we prepare to break ground on our new major building and renovation project.”

“Mercy has a strong history of responding and growing to meet community needs,” said Kelly Goeb, M.D., Chair of Mercy’s Board of Directors. “This is a great opportunity to reflect on our history as we build for the future. Our new project is focused on meeting the health needs of the hospital district well into the future, enhancing patient care, safety and privacy while reflecting the personalized, high quality care already provided by Mercy’s dedicated staff.”

Mercy begins its next 50 years by breaking ground on a major building and renovation project which will feature a new, two-story addition, along with renovation of existing space.

The new facility will have 21 new private patient rooms and four labor and delivery suites, along with a new Emergency Department. Other departments, like radiology and lab, will be relocated to improve the flow of services and better ensure patient privacy and safety.

New addition features

- Emergency Department with private treatment rooms

- Diagnostic Imaging, including inhouse MRI

- Laboratory services

- Admissions

- Expanded gift shop

- 21 private patient rooms, including 2 ICU rooms

- Four birthing suites and nursery

- Meditation room

- Pharmacy

- Comfortable family waiting rooms

- Addition of third surgery suite and new pre- and post-op rooms

Completion: Late 2014

Features of renovations

of the existing hospital

- Chemotherapy and infusion services

- Physical, occupational and speech therapy, including a new dedicated pediatric therapy area

- Sleep studies clinic

- Medical records, business services and administrative offices

- Dining and kitchen

- Material management

Completion: Summer 2015

Project details

Architect for the project is BWBR; general contractor is The BOLDT Company. USDA Rural Development funding for the project comes in the form of a $30 million direct loan and an $8 million loan guarantee delivered through AgStar Rural Capital Network in collaboration with local banks and other financial institutions. Financing will cover construction and equipment costs, as well as the refinancing of some existing debt.


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