HRMC Physicians Clinic expansion project underway
HURON, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The peak of the pandemic highlighted the need for hospital space all across the nation. In central South Dakota, construction crews will be busy on the campus of the Huron Regional Medical Center over the next year.
Patients and staff at the HRMC’s Physicians Clinic will need to mind the noise for the moment as crews work to expand the building. The decision to go forward with the $9.3 million project came during the height of the pandemic, knowing that the additional space would be needed after.
“So we felt like now was the best time to make that decision. So that when we felt the pandemic was as the tail-end, that we would be prepared to make this move, so that we didn’t delay any of that benefit to the community any longer.” said HRMC President and CEO Erick Larson.
However this expansion was already in the making before the initial construction finished years ago.
“This project was already envisioned as a possibility when the Physicians Clinic was built in 2014. It was designed so that a second story addition could be added to provide for future growth.” said HRMC Board Chair Laurie Solem.
In total, 23,500 square feet will be added, with room for 10 additional physicians. It will also eventually house staff from the Tschetter & Hohm Clinic in Huron, which will be acquired by HRMC. Larson said this will help the center better meet the needs of the region for years to come.
“We felt like our footprint would only expand and that we would be able to service more and more people by expanding, and bringing in more providers that can help augment the services we already provide.” said Larson.
Another project that started Monday at HRMC is the remodeling of the portions of the southeast section of the main hospital building. The remodel will accommodate new MRI and 3D mammography technology.
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