A ceremonial “Ground Breaking & Blessing” to be held July 26, 2012 at 6pm
Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera will embark on a historic groundbreaking for a new hospital and medical clinic on July 26, 2012 at 6pm. The ceremony will take place on the 40-acre development site located on B-40 and 13th Avenue in Sioux Center.
The ceremonial event is expected to bring together key stakeholders, dignitaries and community residents to celebrate the new medical campus for a growing community. The health system will begin site development in July and near completion in the fall of 2013. The total project will take approximately 20 months to complete.
“We started discussions about this project back in 2006, and we are pleased to be at the point of breaking ground on a new facility that will improve rural healthcare for our communities,” said Kayleen Lee, Chief Executive Officer. “The new facility will be a beacon of light for our growing community, so we are anxious for the construction to start.”
The estimated cost for the entire project is $48.5 million. This includes site development, building construction, design, major equipment/furnishings and other associated costs such as contingency and initial financing.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Program recently committed funds to the health system for a direct loan of $26 million that will help fund the project. The hospital also received overwhelming support from the community by raising $10.2 million for its capital campaign so far. The remaining funds will come from bonds and hospital reserves.
“This project couldn’t come at a better time for our community,” said Stan Speer, Board President. “We have been working hard at this project for a long time. Everything has come together as expected and we are ready to take the next step.”
The new 123,500 sq. ft. facility will replace the current hospital built in 1951 located on Highway 75. The existing facility is not capable of expanding the outpatient and specialty services that are changing the landscape of healthcare delivery. The new medical campus will serve as the prominent healthcare facility for a growing community and aging population.
The new floor plan allows for additional space in the outpatient services area which accommodates the growing trend of same-day surgeries and specialty care. The addition will expand specialty services for residents and help recruit/retain the best doctors in the area.
“There has been a significant need for more outpatient services which continues to grow and now represents 75% of our business. Another area of focus is our Emergency Department with more rooms, space and technology to withstand Level IV trauma or injuries,” says Kayleen Lee.
The size of the hospital will be 107,000 sq ft and the primary/specialty clinic area will be 16,500 sq ft. The two areas will be joined into one large, accessible medical campus with improved access to specialty care, more privacy and better wayfinding.
The design of the new medical campus was designed by Cannon Moss Brygger Architects of Sioux City and HGA Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis. Kraus-Anderson from Minneapolis, MN has been selected as the General Contractor for the project.
Forty-four (44%) percent of construction work will come from local subcontractors within a 15-mile radius of the project. This will create a significant economic impact to the local community, with an estimated 153 new jobs in construction activity. Seventy-nine (79%) percent of construction will come from subcontracts within a 75-mile radius which is estimated at $24 million. The construction project will also bring other businesses to town that will be spending money in the local community on materials, supplies, and general travel expenses.
“I am very excited about this project because healthcare is the backbone of our schools, businesses and residents,” said Mayor Dennis Walstra. “It’s very important that our community continues evolving, and this project is necessary for our growing community and aging population to have access to quality healthcare for decades to come.”
Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera is a non-profit, community hospital which was established in 1946 by a group of local leaders who envisioned a health ministry to serve the health needs of the community. It is governed by forty-five community members who volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors. For more information about Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera, please visit our website at www.schospital.org.