Unity Medical Center in Grafton will break ground on a new hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
The $20 million hospital is likely the most expensive construction project ever in Grafton, according to Kristi Torgerson, project coordinator for Unity Medical Center.
The event will be attended by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., as well as Jace Beehler, policy adviser to Gov. Doug Burgum.
The hospital construction project is funded by the Bank of North Dakota as well as the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s Community Facilities Division provides loans and grants for essential services to communities with a population of fewer than 20,000 people. The loans provided by the USDA offer preferential interest rates and longer terms, which offer not-for-profit entities to qualify.
The hospital building will feature a new surgery and rehabilitation center, an emergency services department and a patient floor with private rooms and waiting areas. The facility also will be a Rural Medical Training Center and will hold the UMC Medical Library.
The new hospital is expected to be open in 2020.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at 164 W. 13th St. in Grafton.