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New Towner County Medical Center facility will consolidate care

A new 76,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing Towner County Medical Center, which houses the hospital and clinic, and Towner County Living Center, a nursing home and basic care facility.

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U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer speaks at the Towner County Medical Center groundbreaking ceremony in Cando, North Dakota, on Sept. 16.
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CANDO, N.D. – A new health care facility in Cando will provide hospital, clinic and nursing home care under one roof. The 76,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing Towner County Medical Center, which houses the hospital and clinic, and Towner County Living Center, a nursing home and basic care facility.

“This new facility will provide decades and decades of health care for the communities in Towner County as well as communities outside of this county as our service area has continued to expand year after year,” said Ben Bucher, CEO of Towner County Medical Center.

Towner County Medical Center held a groundbreaking for the facility on Friday, Sept. 16.

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The new facility will have 30 skilled nursing beds, five basic care beds and eight inpatient rooms. Two of the inpatient rooms will be specifically for isolation in the case of airborne illnesses. Services offered at the new hospital and nursing home will include emergency care, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, laboratory work and outpatient surgery.

At present, the Towner County Medical Center and Towner County Living Center are located across town from each other, and date back to the 1950s.


“Currently, nursing home residents have to be shuttled to and from the clinic, ER and hospital for their health care needs,” said Bucher. “In February, this is not a pleasant experience.”

In the new facility, those residents will be able to walk through the building to the hospital and clinic.

Health care has started to shift from focusing on inpatient care to focusing on preventative care, says Bucher, and the new medical center will allow the staff in Cando to meet this demand.

“We fully embrace this challenge and this new facility will focus more on outpatient wellness versus inpatient sick care,” said Bucher. “We will always provide inpatient care when needed, but our goal is to keep you from needing inpatient care by keeping you well.”

In May, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development approved a loan guarantee of $10.9 million for the project. At the groundbreaking, Cramer praised the community for supporting the project.

“I am inspired by the Towner County community for stepping up to not only provide access to quality health care, but invest in its future,” said Cramer. “This new medical center will lead to a better quality and higher volume of life for the surrounding area while contributing to the overall standard of living because this facility will attract high-paying jobs and employers.”

The new facility will be where the North Star Public School’s track and field facility currently exists, just south of the existing Towner County Medical Center. The sports facility will be demolished as a part of the project, and a new track will be built for the school district.

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