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RiverView Health plans to build new hospital in Crookston

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CROOKSTON, Minn. — Northwestern Minnesota health care provider RiverView Health plans to build a new hospital to accommodate patient and doctor needs.

The provider said its current hospital in Crookston, Minn. — built in the 1950s — will be replaced by a new facility that will cost an expected $47 million to complete. The new hospital will house an additional 15 doctors and will have much more space than the existing facility.

RiverView Health executive Chris Bruggeman said every room in the new hospital will be bigger than the current hospital's largest room.

RiverView, which spent the last three years getting input from patients, doctors and nurses on new hospital plans, is still waiting for bids for the final price. The company's plan is to tear down a portion of the existing building that's not being used. Patients will still be able to go to the doctor while construction is happening.

The plan is to break ground this spring, with the new hospital expected to be complete by fall 2020.