Posted: Oct 01, 2013 3:37 PM MDT ByDonnell Preskey, KX News Assistant News Director
Bowman, ND - With an increase in patients and emergency calls, the city of Bowman is getting a brand new hospital.
The hospital in Bowman looks much like others in rural North Dakota, many of them 60 years old.
What it sees inside is more activity to keep up with the growing demand of emergency services in the area and an aging population.
"Typical post-war critical access hospital we see across western states, it's in rough shape. 1950's medicine is what it services not modern medicine, so it's time for a new facility," says John McLean with Blue Room Architects.
Bowman has decided to build the new hospital adjacent to an existing long-term care facility.
It will be a 50,000 square foot facility with a two story clinic, ER, outpatient services and 25 hospital beds.
McLean says, "clinical services close to front door and then you have lab, imaging and emergency care all next to each other."
McLean says most importantly, the hospital will have the newest technology and more space for emergency response and care.
"Emergency services are an essential service need to provide in a rural development. Greatly improving, providing covered ambulance garage. Close doors down, so don't shock patient," says McLean.
The current ambulance entrance is no longer usable. The garage door dates back to the 1950's, made for the old Cadillac style ambulances.
In the new facility there will be two treatment rooms, where patients needing stitches and other outpatient procedures will go and four trauma rooms for the serious cases.
"Seeing a trend across the US of critical access facilities moving more toward outpatient services. So we are seeing increased demand for clinical imaging and lab services along with rehabilitation. And we are seeing a decrease need in acute care. But specific to ND and the oil industry, we are seeing significant increase in emergency care services," says McLean.
Construction on the new hospital is expected to start next spring. The USDA this week committed $15 million to help build the project.
That's about half the cost of the project.