Expanding Our Facility: Taking Columbus Community Hospital to the Next Level
Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) will see substantial changes in the next few years as administrative leaders plan for a $35 million renovation project. Funds for the project are being allocated from the hospital’s operational budget and donor-designated gifts provided through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation.
The renovation will primarily impact Surgical Services, Maternal Child Health (obstetrics) and Radiology, causing several structural and departmental adjustments.
“This is a project that’s been in the development phases for well over two years,” said Clark Lehr, chairman of the Columbus Community Hospital Board of Directors. “We started conversations three years ago regarding what we need to do to meet the needs of our community, and our emphasis is primarily on quality of care."
According to the plans, 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.
“In my time here, we’ve already expanded the emergency department and added a medical office building, the wellness center and the child care center,” said Mike Hansen, CCH president and CEO. “This is just a continuation of that growth towards our vision of becoming a strong regional referral hospital.”
The first floor will also see structural changes to the east of the Prairie Wind Café, where leaders would like to add an addition comprised of conference rooms and a new Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation department.
The project will also require certain departments and operations to move to different locations within the existing facility.
Maternal Child Health 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, Recover and Postpartum (LDRPs), along with four additional rooms for postpartum care.
“I think we’re getting everybody into a more efficient and effective space for them,” said Hansen.
Funds will also be used to purchase new state of the art medical equipment, including a second computed tomography (CT) scanner, costing approximately $600,000.
The changes, according to Hansen, are intended to bring the hospital to the next level. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, with the entire project slated for completion by 2021.