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With expansion complete, MCMC to host open house

A portion of the newly remodeled and expanded Murray County Medical Center is shown in advance of its Thursday open house. (Erin Trester/Daily Globe)

SLAYTON — To celebrate the completion of a nearly three-year construction and expansion project, the Murray County Medical Center (MCMC) will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

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The public is invited to attend a short program about the project, which will begin at 4 p.m. Tours of the new facility will continue until 7 p.m.

The $12.2 million project broke ground in March 2012. An additional 34,144 square feet has been added to make MCMC a 70,000-square-foot facility.

“Originally, the hospital design team estimated the cost would be $24 million,” MCMC Director of Maintenance Arl Weinrebe said. “They wanted it to look like the Taj Mahal, but we just wanted to be Slayton. We’re a big farming community, and I think the new design shows that. So instead of the $24 million estimated costs, we cut it nearly in half.”

Among many MCMC Clinic additions are six doctor offices, 11 regular examination rooms, one bariatric exam room, a large procedure room, a medication room and screening nurse area.

The surgical clinic providers have moved into an area with two doctor offices, five exam rooms and one procedure room.

The radiology department has seen a tremendous change. It has added a 1.5 Tesla MRI, upgraded a 16-slice CT scanner to a 64-slice CT scanner and put in a digital mammography machine.

“When patients would come in needing an MRI, for example, we could only offer that to them once a week,” MCMC Marketing Manager Sharon Lais said. “All of these services are now offered in-house 24/7. I think this is a great improvement and addition in helping our patients.”

Fourteen new private patient rooms, each with their own bathroom and shower, are another major addition to the clinic. Each room is also equipped with a locked medicine cabinet containing medication accessible from the patient room by the nurse.

“Our old patient rooms used to hold two people per room with a bathroom between them — potentially four people would share a bathroom,” said Weinrebe. “Now not only are they private, but we have expanded them from 256 to 371 square feet.”

Other additions to the facility include a chapel, a brand new kitchen and café’ located off the main hospital entrance, three new emergency rooms and four outpatient rooms. There is now a separate compounding space within the pharmacy department where the positive and negative isolators are located, allowing for the providing of chemotherapy services to patients five days per week.

“We hope everyone comes and visits us,” Lais said. “We are very proud of our newly constructed facility and want to continue to serve our community with the finest health care.”

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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