This is an architect’s drawing of what the new addition will look like at the Marshall County Healthcare Center. A $4 million renovation project is scheduled to begin this month and will include a 5,000 square foot addition and another 6,500 square feet of completely remodeled space.
Work To Begin On $4M Hospital Renovation
Big changes are beginning at the Marshall County Healthcare Center.
A $4 million renovation project was announced in November and work is now getting underway.
“Because of social distancing we’re not going to do the golden shovels,” said MCHC Administrator Nick Fosness, “but frozen ground is to be broken and we’re excited. The expansion is getting rolling and the rubber is hitting the road now.”
The first part of the project will be a 5,000 square foot addition. Expectations are that construction time will be about six months. When the addition is complete, another 6,500 square feet of current space will be completely remodeled. Hopes are that the entire project will be completed by the end of 2021.
Comstock Commercial Construction of Wahpeton, ND, is the contractor for the project.
“Comstock has built a lot of hospitals and clinics, and we will also do our best to use local vendors as we can,” Fosness stated.
In recent years, MCHC has invested substantially in updating the hospital. This project will continue that investment in the future of healthcare in Marshall County.
“We view it as another investment for our communities,” added Fosness. “These improvements should benefit our patients for many years ahead.”
The project will involve some shuffling of entrances and the location of services. The main entrance will shift to the north of the current entrance for the clinic and the hospital, while the emergency entrance will remain the same. MCHC is also installing another road to come in off of 10th Street and Sixth Avenue for ambulance and emergency use.
There will be separate entrances for “sick” and “well” patients. Door Number 1 will be for the well clinic and general hospital. Door Number 2, which will be around the corner to the south, will be for the sick clinic that will handle sick patients and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.
“We will have a big chain link fence and signs to direct people,” said Fosness. “We’re asking the public to please work with us and asking for their patience.”
The existing clinic will operate as the “sick clinic” while the new addition is being built, and the Wellness Center will continue to be the “well clinic” location. When the new addition is completed the “sick clinic” will move into that space while the inside of the old clinic is remodeled. That will allow MCHC to continue operation of the two clinics during the construction and remodeling period.
The laboratory will also be renovated and the 1,600 square foot area will be a third larger than the old lab space.
Therapy will continue to be done at the former Norstar Federal Credit Union building until the entire project is completed. Wellness equipment has also been moved to the Britton Area Event Center to allow use free of charge while the project is underway.
“It is very important to our patients that we maintain a fully functional and operational hospital and clinic,” stressed Fosness, “and that is our top priority. We’ll be under construction for a while, but we are excited to move forward.”