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104 1st St NW
Bowman, ND 58623

The future of Bowman health care: Construction to begin on hospital

July 10, 2015

 

The rendering of how the newly renovated and expanded Southwest Healthcare Services building will look, looking from the southeast on Second Street Northwest. Construction on the building will begin at the end of July, beginning a several year construction process. (Courtest Southwest Healthcare Services / Blue Room Architecture)
The rendering of how the newly renovated and expanded Services building will look, looking from the southeast on Second Street Northwest. Construction on the building will begin at the end of July, beginning a several year construction process. (Courtest Services / Blue Room Architecture)

Southwest Healthcare Services has been preparing for the co-location of the critical access and long term care facility since 2011.

Over the past several years there have been design changes, department of health delays and increased construction costs.  But with all of these challenges, the Board of Trustees has given their approval to begin construction.

Looking at the co-located Southwest Healthcare Services hospital and long-term care from the southwest.
Looking at the co-located Southwest Healthcare Services hospital and long-term care from the southwest.

A takes 3 to 5 years to develop on average.  With the complexity surrounding current economic and labor conditions, SWHS is thankful for the ample support from local, state, and federal levels and is pleased to put a shovel in the ground to ensure the future of local healthcare services.

“It is exciting to see us breaking ground after much preparation and hard work by numerous people,” said Gary Brennan, chairman of the Southwest Healthcare Services Board. “Although there has been a long waiting period to get all of the planning in place and to obtain the necessary approval from the regulatory agencies, we believe that it will undoubtedly be worth the wait.”

From the outside it may appear that there has not been any progress made towards the building project, but on the inside you would see that staff have been hard at work preparing for this huge endeavor.  Many long hours have been spent on updating the long term care rooms on the north wing.  Updates include new closets, new lights, window coverings, and a fresh coat of paint in each room.

“We have devoted a lot of time and energy into the planning process for this project and we are very excited to finally see the dirt begin to move. Once again, we want to express our thanks to everyone who made this project possible,” SWHS CEO Becky Hansen said.

Some of the long term care rooms are currently being remodeled.
Some of the long term care rooms are currently being remodeled.

Southwest Healthcare Services plans to relocate some of the residents to the newly updated rooms in late July and early August.  Residents’ families have been notified about this transition and SWHS staff will be reaching out to them once again to discuss the specifics of construction phasing and timelines as it is a priority to provide a safe and comfortable home for these residents.

Mortenson Construction will begin mobilizing to the site during the week of July 20, by bringing in supplies and building equipment.  They will also be constructing a construction fence that will encompass much of the existing long term care campus and define the construction zones.  As they create these construction zones, visitors are asked to park in the east parking lot and use the east main entrance when visiting residents. For safety reasons, they are requesting that all visitors and staff please avoid the construction zones and read and follow all construction signs.

“Southwest Healthcare Service’s building project is very exciting for the staff and the community.  It is great to see a community that is dedicated and excited about this project,” said Matt Helleen, project manager from Mortenson Construction. “But we ask for all residents, staff and community members to avoid the construction site for their own safety.”

At this time, the Department of Health has given their approval for civil work, footings, and foundations for the building project. Mortenson Construction, general contractor, plans to begin construction before the end of July.

SWHS is awaiting approval for the remaining phases of the project.

All services on both campuses will remain open and fully functional during construction.

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