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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Hospital addition to open

Public invited to open house December 30, 2-6 p.m.


Tim Franklin

An aerial photo taken this summer shows the Mercy Hospital addition construction. The hospital will celebrate the completion of the first phase of the building and renovation project with an open house for its new addition.

Mercy Hospital will celebrate the completion of the first phase of its $38 million building and renovation project with an open house for its new addition.

Area community members are invited to tour the state-of-the-art facility on Tuesday, December 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. The public should access the new addition from the emergency entrance on County Road 61.

Designed to enhance patient care, safety and privacy, the new addition features 25 private patient rooms, including new birthing center suites, all located on the second floor. It also houses a new emergency department with two trauma suites as well as private treatment rooms, radiology and lab departments conveniently located next to the emergency department, comfortable family waiting areas, admissions department, hospital pharmacy and expanded gift shop.

"We have focused our efforts in designing a hospital that is technologically advanced within a healing environment," said Michael Delfs, Mercy CEO. "This equates to the highest levels of care and quality for the region that we serve. Now we have a facility that not only complements the outstanding care provided by our staff, but will serve the area's health needs well into the future."

The second phase of the project will focus on the renovation of existing hospital space. Slated for completion in the summer of 2015, the renovations will include remodeled space for surgery, rehab services, chemotherapy and infusion services, sleep studies, dietary and cafeteria, business services, health information services and administration. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held when the entire project is complete.

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. Additional support comes from The Mercy Foundation's Well Within Reach campaign.

Mercy to offer inhouse MRI

One of the new features in Mercy Hospital's new addition will be an inhouse Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

An advanced imaging study, MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body.

When this state-of-the-art MRI is completely operational in February, Mercy will offer patients both convenient and comfortable access to this specialized exam, Monday-Friday. The powerful 5.9 ton magnet was recently moved into its new home.

Along with other features, the sleek design of this new equipment will ease patient anxiety and allow for feet first scans for nearly all MRI procedures. Patient comfort is further enhanced with shortened scan times. Whole body coverage means no patient repositioning for multiple exams.

"This is a very exciting time for us. We look forward to working with patients in this beautiful space," said Anna Koski, Diagnostic Imaging supervisor. "Having the MRI inhouse, rather than on the mobile truck unit, will mean our patients remain indoors, especially during inclement weather. That is a definite plus. Being able to offer the MRI service every weekday also will add access and scheduling flexibility for our patients."

The public is invited to preview the new addition at the open house on December 30.

Mercy will begin caring for patients in the new addition on Monday, January 12, 2015.


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