Warren ‘mini-medical park’ facility delayed, but opening soonThe federal government shutdown has delayed the opening of the new Northern Valley Health Center in Warren, Minn. But it hasn’t reduced the enthusiasm for showing off the new healthcare facility at a dedication ceremony and open house at 2 p.m. Sunday.
By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald
The federal government shutdown has delayed the opening of the new Northern Valley Health Center in Warren, Minn. But it hasn’t reduced the enthusiasm for showing off the new healthcare facility at a dedication ceremony and open house at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“This is very exciting,” said Ashley King, the CEO of the facility that has the hospital and clinic under one roof, with more than double the space of its former facility.
The $15 million upgrade is basically done, but some work requires federal government-aided certification before doors can open. If the process continues without further complications, the facility could be operational within a week, King said.
The new facility will house 12 private hospital rooms, 16 clinic examination rooms and an emergency services area that features a drive-through ambulance entrance that is connected to four emergency treatment bays.
Two emergency bays will have “eEmergency” capabilities, which connect video equipment in rural emergency rooms with physicians and specialists elsewhere.
The hospital will have 12 single rooms, all with their own shower and bathroom, something the former facility lacked. “Everyone expects their own room these days,” King said.
She said out-patient volume is expected to grow because of the upgrade. If that happens, they will seek to add a fifth medical provider for NVHC.
Construction started 15 months ago. The hospital and clinic also are attached to the existing Good Samaritan Society long-term care facility and a 20-unit assisted living facility that is under construction and expected to be ready in the spring.
“It’s a great addition because we’ll have this mini-medical park that is all connected,” King said.
“We’ve rebranded ourselves.”
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