Columbus Community Hospital Breaks Ground on New Construction
Columbus, NE (October, 2010) – Columbus Community Hospital has unveiled plans to break ground on multi-million dollar expansion of the current facility. The public is invited to the event that will take place on Thursday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m.
The building project will include a 20,000 square foot addition to the first floor of the Hospital, with an additional 10,000 square feet of space added to the 2nd floor.
“Hospital leaders determined that increasing Emergency Department volumes, the ability to expand services, patient privacy, improving workflow and efficiencies were key factors in the decision to expand.” states Mike Hansen, CCH President/C.E.O.
This addition to Columbus Community Hospital has been designed and is being built on behalf of our patients.” says Anne Hall, Chair of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. “Not only will the patients who come into the hospital through the emergency department benefit, but also included in this project is a new women’s imaging center, a redesigned admissions affording greater privacy for patients, as well as additional space for growth.”
The architectural firm of TSP from Sioux Falls, S.D. has been contracted to design the new addition that will complement the existing structure. Funding for the new construction was made possible through refinancing existing bonds at a lower interest rate, re-investing money from Hospital operating funds and from the Hospital’s participation in the National Demonstration Project.
Dr. Mark Howerter, Medical Director of the Emergency Department said that because of increasing volumes the ED has literally outgrown the existing space. “The new ED will double our space and was designed with a great deal of input from the doctors and nurses that work in that area.” Howerter says. “Most of our attention has been given to making sure this new design is user friendly for patients and care providers alike. The trauma bays and patient care rooms will be state-of-the-art.”
Howerter also notes that there will be much better drive up access for ambulatory patients with an enclosed garage to protect ambulance patients from the harsh Nebraska elements. “I believe this new facility will be a real plus for our hospital and the community”. Howerter says.
Jim Goulet Vice-President of Operations, has served as the lead for the project and says the Hospital’s 20 month expansion project will improve the patient experience and staff efficiency in multiple areas. “Phase I will begin with a more appropriately sized Emergency Department,” says Goulet, “followed by Phase II, which creates a new Women’s Imaging Center, a more private Registration area as well as improvements for Respiratory Care and the Pre-admissions testing area.”
Dr. John Beauvais, Medical Director of the Diagnostic Imaging Department, says that he and his staff are excited about the new construction project. “The expansion/restructuring of some areas of Radiology and Patient Registration will allow us to provide more patient privacy and streamline patient care.” Beauvais says.
Hospital leaders view the expansion as a way to maximize the Hospital’s ability to provide compassionate, patient-centered care. “It will allow us to continue to provide excellent patient care for Columbus and surrounding communities for many years to come.” says Chairperson Hall.