Expanding Our Facility: Moving Forward on Expansion and Renovation Project
Once the final layer of snow melts for the season, work will begin at Columbus Community Hospital (CCH). Crews are expected to start construction on a $35-million renovation project that will change both the structure and layout of the facility.
“Site work is expected to begin in the spring of 2019,” said Scott Messersmith, CCH vice president of operations. “You will start seeing ground being moved, crews being mobilized and work being performed.”
The plans, which were designed by Omaha firm TSP and will be completed by J.E. Dunn Construction, will primarily impact the surgical services, maternal child health (obstetrics) and radiology departments. Those changes will also precipitate adjustments to several other departments.
“We’re continuing to grow towards our vision of being a regional referral hospital,” said Michael Hansen, CCH president and CEO. “As we grow, this project will help us accommodate more patients and provide additional services.”
The largest structural change will be an expanded surgical services department, which will be built on the first floor of the hospital to the north of the existing surgical services department. It’s expected to include five operating rooms with space dedicated for operations, endoscopic procedures and same day surgeries.
The first floor will also see an addition to the east of the Prairie Wind Café, where conference rooms and a new cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department will be built.
The maternal child health department will be moving to the third floor with the skilled nursing and swing bed units moving to the second floor. With this change, maternal child health will occupy space currently used for conference rooms and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. The unit is expected to include eight rooms for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRPs), along with four additional rooms for postpartum care.
“We are changing our nursing model, and at the same time, bringing the facilities up to what consumers expect in this day and age,” Hansen said. “With the younger generations, they expect to have bigger rooms with amenities that you would find in a nice hotel room. That includes flat screen TVs, internet connection and space for fathers to stay overnight with mothers.”
Funds for the project are being allocated from the hospital’s operational budget and donor-designated gifts provided through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. Hospital leaders want community members to rest assured knowing that hospital prices will not increase as a result of the project.
“We were going to use these dollars to improve technology and give back to the community in one way, shape or fashion,” Messersmith said. “Fortunately, we are investing in our own facility, which means we are able to continue to provide excellent, high-quality, high-technology care that our patients wouldn’t be able to receive otherwise.”
The hospital will continue regular operations throughout the renovation process. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.