ANOTHER SOUTHWEST IOWA HOSPITAL PLANS FOR EXPANSION
(HARLAN) Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan is planning a major expansion and upgrade of their facilities.
The hospital was built in the early 1950’s and has been expanded or renovated 11 times. CEO Barry Jacobsen says this expansion and renovation focuses a lot on outpatient specialty clinics and surgery.
“We are planning to move both of those services down one floor and create a new entrance from the south,” Jacobsen explained. “We will be adding about 17-thousand square feet to the south and renovate adjacent space that in the past year became available when our Home and Public Health departments moved off campus and our rehab services moved over to the new Wellness Center, so surgery and outpatient specialty clinics will take over this new and renovated space.”
Jacobsen said the lab department will double its current space when it moves to the lower level and radiology will gain much needed space when it expands into the vacated lab area. He said when the first phase is complete the key outpatient services will have access off of Highway 44 with ample parking available.
The second phase of the project will take the space vacated by surgery and outpatient specialty clinics and be converted into administration and business offices and some meeting rooms. A north entrance will be created for access to these areas. One more Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum room will also be added with enhanced security in the OB department. The plan also calls for upgrading technology in surgery, radiology, and the information systems area.
Jacobsen said in addition to the 17-thousand square feet expansion, about 49-thousand square feet of existing space will be renovated.
“The total cost of the building project is estimated at 14.3 million dollars and the technology piece of the project will add another 1.5 million dollars to the total cost,” said Jacobsen. “Funding will come from existing reserves, Shelby County Health Foundation, and capital revenue notes. There will be no direct taxpayer involvement in the funding of this project.”
Jacobsen said this has been about a 3 ½ year planning process.
“I think it’s just important to emphasize that the focus all along in the planning process has been on our patients; quality care, access, privacy, and patient comfort have kind of been the things that have driven the planning process,” said Jacobsen.
A public hearing on the project will be held on April 12th. Jacobsen said they are hoping to gain approval from the board to go out for bids following the hearing and hopefully start on the project this summer.
The project would take around 2 to 2 ½ years to complete.