It was a big moving day for more than a dozen patients at Brookings Hospital Tuesday. The $46 million, 62,400 sq. foot expansion is complete after about 16 months of work. The state-of-the-art addition includes 24 private rooms for patients, visitors and family. They also welcome a new indoor MRI unit that can accommodate all body sizes.
CEO, Jason Merkley said the additions they have added, both in equipment and space, will help Brookings residents get local care. “Some of the amenities that we didn’t have that some of our folks in Sioux Falls had was something we needed to have updated,” said Merkley. Some new features, specifically the indoor MRI, seem self-explanatory. Merkley said changes like these gives the staff the opportunity to do more. “It’ll make us more efficient. It’ll have a much better experience for our patients to be able to enter into how we take care of them within our world,” said Merkley.
Thompson Electric of Sioux Falls was the electrical contractor for the Brookings Hospital. Thompson Electric provided value enhancement, project management and an experienced field team. Overall, phase one was very successful and now work has started on phase 2, renovating parts of the old hospital.
Thompson Electric of Sioux Falls started the Brookings Municipal Hospital project last fall that will add 62,500 square feet to the east side of Brookings Hospital. The addition’s first floor will house surgery and medical imaging, two of the most common same-day procedures. Plans include a shared reception and registration area for surgery and imaging patients, a drop-off/pick-up area and nearby parking.
The surgical space will expand and include two endoscopy rooms for procedures like colonoscopies. It will also have three spacious operating rooms and private prep and recovery rooms for same-day surgery patients. Imaging will be centrally located between the emergency department and surgery. All imaging modalities, including MRI, X-ray, CT scans, and ultrasound, will be housed together to increase staff efficiency.
The addition’s second floor will house the obstetric and medical/surgical units. Rooms on this floor will focus on patient amenities and allow ample space for families and visitors to gather.
The new medical/surgical unit will have 22 private rooms, each with a private bathroom and shower, natural light from large windows and the latest technology in patient care. Obstetrics will expand to five labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms to increase capacity for births. It will also have a private patient elevator with direct access to surgery to ensure privacy for emergency Caesarean deliveries.
A new 30,000 square-foot medical office building connected to the hospital will be built simultaneously on the northwest side. The space will be leased to current and future medical specialists, such as surgeons and OB-GYNS, who benefit from direct access to the hospital.
Once the medical office building and east side expansion is completed, existing hospital space will be renovated to accommodate services displaced due to the new construction.
The Medical Office Building is scheduled to be completed by August 2016 and the hospital work is scheduled for early 2017 completion.
Team Thompson includes Mike Anderson (Project Manager), Keith Gorter (Foreman), Cory Schmeling (2nd Foreman) and 3 others as of now, with the expectations for having as many as 20 others on site during the peak of construction.