CROOKSTON – Construction of RiverView Health’s new hospital and clinic in Crookston is finished, and work crews are landscaping the grounds and putting finishing touches on the exterior.
The health care provider plans to begin staff training in the new facility soon after Aug. 28, and the first patients will be in the hospital Sunday, Oct. 25, said Chris Bruggeman, RiverView Health chief operating officer . The new clinic will open Monday, Oct. 26, he said.
RiverView Health hopes this fall to host an open house, depending on whether the coronavirus pandemic eases enough for people to safely gather, said Stacey Bruggeman, RiverView Health marketing and community relations director.
RiverView Health broke ground for the $51 million facility in April 2019. The clinic, which houses 48 exam rooms, four procedure rooms and four consultation rooms, is on the ground floor.
Construction of the hospital and clinic have proceeded on schedule and on budget, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Chris Bruggeman said.
Mortenson Construction, the firm building the new hospital and clinic, put in place various coronavirus-related protocols, such as workers using hand sanitizer, when the pandemic hit late this past winter, said Jason Toso, Mortenson Construction project manager. When hand sanitizer supplies became tight, the construction company obtained two hand-washing stations, he said. Meanwhile, the firm didn’t hold meetings in close quarters, such as the firm’s trailer, Toso noted. Those three precautions, along with face mask use, helped prevent a COVID-19 outbreak from occurring among project construction workers.
Meanwhile, Mortenson Construction had pre-ordered its major construction materials so they arrived on site, before supplies of some of them became tight, Toso said.
The hospital and clinic have a combined total space of 80,000 square feet.
The clinic features new amenities, such as larger primary care exam rooms that can comfortably hold additional family members, if need be. The clinic also has space designated for physicians to work with others in a collaborative setting, as well as private offices.
Meanwhile, on the second floor, which houses the hospital, all patient rooms have exterior walls so they have a view, either of the Red Lake River or of a rooftop garden. The garden features blooming succulent plants and potted native grass
The hospital has 18 patient rooms, three labor and delivery rooms and four family suites. The family suites have bathrooms and contain furniture and plug-ins for electronic devices.
Another nod to patient comfort was to have stocking and trash removal stations that can be accessed from the corridor, resulting in minimal interruption in patient rooms, Chris Bruggeman said.
One of Toso’s favorite features of the new hospital is that each of its three labor and delivery rooms contain all of the items needed to take care of mothers and infants. For example, each room is equipped with an infant warmer and a bathing sink.
As a father of three, Toso appreciates “how luxurious” the rooms are.
“When a mom comes in for labor, everything is in this room, and the same for newborns,” he said.
During the week of Aug. 17, landscapers were busy near the main entrance. Besides the landscaping, other features at the main entrance include a heated sidewalk, designed to help reduce ice and snow buildup. Large signs and sculptures also are on display around the exterior of RiverView Health.
“It’s been kind of surreal seeing everything come together,” Toso said.