Essentia plans $80 million expansion in FargoEssentia Health is embarking on an $80 million construction initiative in Fargo, N.D., highlighted by a new wing on its hospital.
By: Patrick Springer, Forum News Service
Essentia Health is embarking on an $80 million construction initiative in Fargo, N.D., highlighted by a new wing on its hospital.
The new, four-story wing will extend to the south and open with 28 new beds in January 2015. Plans allow for the quick addition of another 28 beds when needed.
“This is something that I think is long overdue,” said Dr. Greg Glasner, president and chief medical officer of Essentia’s west region. “The campus has reached its capacity in infrastructure.”
Hospital occupancy in the 105-bed hospital has been running at 85 percent at midnight, but often is full during the day, he said.
The construction projects officially were announced Thursday in a presentation that included Essentia CEO Dr. Peter Person.
“This will allow Essentia to take patient care to the next level in Fargo, as we continue to fulfill our mission to make a healthy difference in the lives of the people we serve,” Person said in a statement.
Design work for the 105,000-square-foot tower has a price tag of $50 million and will be finished this spring; footings and foundation work will follow this summer.
The new tower will have suites for imaging, endoscopy, interventional radiology and heart catheterization procedures, as well as pharmacy, nutrition services and an auditorium.
During construction on the new hospital wing, Essentia clinic space at the former Dakota Clinic location on South University Drive will be redone in a $5.4 million renovation.
The remodeled clinic space will allow several departments to expand, accommodating new specialists who already have been hired in advance of the hospital expansion, Glasner said.
Construction also will begin this spring on a new support services building to serve as a regional supply distribution center and provide office space for functions such as bill coding and business services. The 25,000-square-foot, $4.5 million building will be just west of Interstate 29 on land owned by Essentia.
The expansions in Fargo come after Essentia has invested $50 million over the past five years to expand and improve satellite locations in communities including Jamestown as well as Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids and Pelican Rapids in Minnesota.
A second construction phase at Essentia’s hospital will begin in January. A two-story office building will be built west of the hospital.
The $7.5 million building will have 20,000 square feet and will house specialty clinic space. Decisions about which departments will be located in the new building still are being made.
Two parking lots will be built, adding 400 spaces to the campus this fall.
A third construction phase will begin in December 2014 with the expansion of the hospital’s emergency department, operating rooms and imaging services.
The $9.7 million expansion, which will double the number of emergency treatment rooms from 13 to 26, is expected to be completed early in 2016.