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Essentia Breaking Ground on $50 Million Hospital Tower

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As the Fargo-Moorhead community continues to grow, so do the healthcare needs of the community. That is the main reason behind Essentia Health expanding their hospital in Fargo.

On an average midnight, the hospital records a census of 85 percent capacity, during the day their capacity goes over 100 percent.

Essentia Health CEO, Dr. Peter Person, will join employees to break ground at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon to make way for the four story 115,000 square-foot addition.

"This project represents an important investment in the health of our patients and the Fargo community," says Dr. Person. "We're growing to meet the patient demand that we're experiencing today, and we're poised for the city's continued growth."

Highlights of the new attached medical tower will include a new Emergency Department, 28 new ICU & surgical unit patient rooms and an expansion of the radiology department. The four levels with a basement will include:

 Basement:

  • Nutrition services and dining area
  • Pathology lab
  • Meeting space
  • Mechanical area
  • Simulation lab for continuing medical education

 First Floor:

  • Emergency department
  • Radiology suite with MRI, CT scan and X-ray equipment
  • Combined hospital/clinic registration area, with space for patient education and pre-admission testing

 Second Floor:

  • Interventional radiology, endoscopy and other procedure suites
  • Private pre-op and recovery rooms

 Third Floor:

  • Location of future 28-bed medical/surgical unit

 Fourth Floor:

  • 28 patient rooms for intensive care and medical/surgical patients
  • Respiratory therapy department

The $50 million expansion will take a little over a year to complete, scheduled to open on January 1, 2015.

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