Expansion of Pipestone County Medical Center proposed
PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone County Medical Center and Family Clinic is in the early stages of developing plans to expand its existing clinic, originally built in 1973, to add additional space for clinic patients and staff.
PCMC staff and administration have been aware for some time that additional space was needed for the 93,000-square-foot facility, according to Dave Keeler, PCMC CFO.
"We've been examining and studying this possibility for years," he said. "It got to the point where we needed to move ahead with the project."
While the expansion is anticipated to have numerous benefits for PCMC, additional square footage was a large factor in the decision to upgrade and grow -- especially as the clinic recently added three doctors and currently has no permanent space for them.
"We've been looking at our current clinic, and it has very small rooms and they need to be updated," Keeler explained.
While plans for the facility are tentative, PCMC anticipates starting from scratch with the construction of a new facility and plans to tear down the existing building.
"Once the clinic is complete, we'll also tear down the old clinic and then we can replace our inpatient rooms," Keeler said.
The new construction will update patient rooms and the registration area to make the clinic more efficient for patients and staff. Construction would also include a new entrance, speciality clinic area and sufficient space for specialty doctors.
While a timeframe has not been established, Keeler anticipates the project will take two to three years -- largely because the new clinic would need to be constructed before the existing facility could be torn down.
During construction, measures will be taken to reduce the impact the project will have on patients.
"We're going to have to work around some construction during that time, but that will be part of the planning process -- minimizing the effects on patients," Keeler said.
PCMC is in the process of finalizing the design, choosing a construction manager and arranging financing for the project, and CEO Brad Burris was recently granted the authority to hire a construction manager.
Part of the Avera Medical Group, the PCMC has a critical access hospital and full-service family clinic. It offers patient services including surgery, maternity, outpatient services, emergency care, home care, hospice and various specialities.