Long Prairie Building Project Update
CentraCare Health – Long Prairie is building a new medical campus enhancing services for our community's future health needs.
New Medical Campus Construction Update
Medical Campus Site:
- Brick work has begun on the north side.
- Roof work is 40 percent complete.
- Building is 75 percent enclosed.
- The first concrete floor was poured last Thursday.
Assisted Living Site:
- Underground plumbing has been started.
- Foundation is nearly complete.
- Storm sewer has been installed.
- Parking lot has been started.
Construction of the new medical campus at CentraCare Health – Long Prairie started in May 2016, with completion expected late 2017.
To-date over 500 donors have contributed over $2,540,000 to the Building a Healthy Community campaign in support of the new medical campus.
These gifts, in addition to the commitment from CentraCare Health, has secured the future of healthcare in Todd County.
Here are answers to some common questions about the Building a Healthy Community campaign.
Q: Do we really need a new facility? Why not just expand what we already have?
A: Our existing building is nearly 60 years old, which presents several challenges: The current hospital was constructed for extensive inpatient care, but today’s care is focused more in the outpatient setting.
The expected growth of the 0-14 and 65+ age groups will make meeting patient needs in our current facility increasingly difficult.
The existing building lacks sufficient private space for family consultation with providers, which doesn’t meet HIPAA standards.
The current site is land-locked, so we are unable to add the needed space to meet existing ADA and HIPAA standard or to add space for new visiting specialists.
Having only one operating room is a concern in emergency situations.
Q: What will the new facility include?
: Current plans call for a 65,000-square-foot clinic and hospital facility:
- 26 clinic exam rooms
- 3 clinic procedure rooms
- 12 private patient rooms for inpatient and
- 8 observations rooms for up to 23 hour stay; for emergency and outpatient services
- 2 labor, delivery, and recovery suites
- 2 operating suites
- In-house MRI
- Distinct and inviting clinic and emergency entrances
- Decentralized nursing stations to enhance efficiency and improve patient monitoring
- Bistro; open to the public
Q: Why are we reducing inpatient beds?
A: In the new facility, we will have 12 inpatient beds and 2 labor/delivery beds. Our average daily census is 7. On the occasions in which we have 15 inpatients, we are comfortable that we can flex to accommodate them by utilizing inpatient, observation and OB beds.
We based the decision regarding number of beds on our census data, demographic projections and the advice of experts in the field of medical facility design.
The size of the project also was based, in part, on the dollars available. While we cannot afford to build all that we might want, we can afford to build all that we need.
Q: Will the cost of care go up to pay for the new building?
A: No, in fact the efficiencies obtained with this new facility may actually reduce the cost of operations.
Q: How much will this project cost and how are we paying for it?
A: The project will cost an estimated $40.2 million, which includes the assisted living facility and city street work. We have surpassed our $2.5-million fundraising goal. The remainder of the cost is covered by the CentraCare Health facilities development budget.
We had originally been approved for a $25-million medical campus project. Due to rising costs, we asked the CCH Board of Directors for an additional $5 million to complete the medical campus, which does not include a wellness center at this time.
We have engaged a consultant, through the Foundation, to start working with us on the next steps for the wellness center. We will keep you posted on the progress.
"CentraCare Health – Long Prairie was one of our first steps into the regional market nearly 20 years ago. With that comes a rich history that we hope to continue long into the future. Long Prairie is doing great things to partner with the community to improve the health of all and CentraCare Health at the system level supports that work! We must also be wise stewards as we plan for the future. Triple aim, cost pressure, changes in reimbursement and government regulatory change all have and will have a large impact on the system."
Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO
Q: When will the new facilities be open?
A: We expect the assisted living facility to be completed in 2017, with the entire medical campus completion expected sometime later in 2017.
Q: How will nursing home residents be transferred to the new ER/hospital/clinic visits?
A: We will buy a van to transport residents. In some instances, family will need to make arrangements for transportation. Rehab staff will see residents in the nursing home.
Q: Where will meals be prepared?
A: Nursing home meals will continue to be made at the kitchen on-site. Meals for the hospital and assisted living will be prepared in the assisted living kitchen and transferred in insulated carts. There will be a pantry, called a nutrition station, for hospital patients.
Staff will be able to swipe their ID badges to have the price of Bistro meals deducted from their pay. There will be one staff lounge for all staff.
Q: Where will the helipad be?
A: On the northeast corner of the new medical campus.
Q: With the new facility and Assisted Living will we hired additional Staff?
A: Yes. We plan to hire additional staff in the areas of Maintenance, Environmental Services, Nutrition Services, Laundry Services and other areas as needed.
Q: What about the old building?
A: John Dvorak, MD, and other possible specialty services will continue to see patients here.
Some staff, such as Health Information, Transcription, Finance and HR will remain. Their offices will be relocated to be near each other.
Some organizations in the community have expressed interest in the possibility of using this building.