Addition, remodel project begins at MRH&C

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MRH-Construction-PicAfter several years of working to secure funding for expansion, Mobridge Regional Hospital & Clinics (MRH&C) will begin an expansion and renovation project in the near future.

Actually, the renovation of the current building has begun as the billing, medical records, human resources, and administrative areas of the facility have moved across the road into the East Campus where Vision Care is located.

MRH&C CEO Angelia Svihovec said the $5.8 million renovation would expand the rehabilitation services (cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy,  etc.), expand the clinic exam rooms, and create a single, standout entrance to the facility. The goal of the project will be to allow easier patient access and a more efficient environment for the staff.

According to Svihovec, the project has been in the works since 2004.  The need to expand became apparent as the medical needs of area residents grew and new services were offered at the MRH&C.

With a combination of low-interest loans from the United States Department of Agriculture and a South Dakota Community Development Block Grant, the project is moving forward with the first phase. That will include an addition that will bring the front of the building parallel to that of the clinic. The interior of the hospital building, where the waiting room and administration offices were located, will be remodeled to house Family Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services, and other out patient services, new nurses’ offices and a new waiting area.

The clinic will expand by six rooms and there will be room for an MRI sometime in the future. The boiler system, which was installed when the

building was built in the 1950s, will also be replaced during the renovation.

There will be a single entrance to the building and two new waiting areas, one for the short-term clinic patients and one for the longer term. This area will be for those who have family members in the hospital, in surgery, or in obstetrics.

“The renovation will position us well for the future in terms of out-patient growth,” said Svihovec.

The CPI Group of Denver Colo., a firm that is considered experts in the healthcare industry, is the architect of the project. The plan is to begin phase one in May if the bidding process goes as planned. That phase will take 12 to 18 months to complete. It is yet to be determined when the second and third phases of the project will begin. Those will be two separate six-month projects.

“We are asking the community to be patient with us during this time,” said Svihovec. “Parking will be limited, but we will do our best to maintain as much patient parking as possible.”

She said after the project has been completed there will actually be more parking than is available to patients now.

MRH&C employs more than 170 people and is the largest employer in Mobridge and Walworth County. It is a 25-bed critical access hospital that serves a five-county area with a population of 17,000 residents.  The staff of the facility provides medical, surgical, obstetrical, intensive care/coronary care, emergency room, ambulance service, assisted living and swing bed services.

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