Remodeling work is underway at three Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center properties in Marshall
Regional President and CEO Debbie Streier said the projects are aimed at creating a more welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for patients and staff and making efficient use of space.
“We are moving some of our services into locations that will offer more convenience for patients. The project will also allow us to reconfigure portions of our facilities to better suit the way we deliver care today, while also preparing for growth in the future,” Streier said.
An earlier renovation plan was modified when Avera Marshall learned of the opportunity to partner with Rural Health Care, Inc. to open the federally qualified health center, Access Health, on the Carlson Street campus.
“That solution gave us a way to put all of our buildings to good use. The opening of Access Health has gone very well. Patients and our care team are happy to be receiving and providing care there,” Streier said. “Now we are able to move ahead with remodeling other portions of our facilities. With primary care clinic services now at the Carlson Street campus, that gave us more space to work with in our remodeling plan for the Bruce Street campus.”
Main components of the $6 million project include:
Hospital campus – 300 S. Bruce St.
First floor clinic area
When completed this space will be home to patient registration, dermatology, cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and visiting specialist clinics.
“Moving patient registration into the former gift shop area near the main entrance will make it easy for patients to find when they enter the building. The space is being designed with a focus on enhancing privacy during the registration process. We’re also excited to create dedicated space for our growing cardiology services. Plus it will be convenient for patients to have that clinic area and our cardiac rehabilitation space closer to the entrance,” Streier said. “Another key feature will be the creation of larger exam rooms than we previously had in this area.”
Ground floor clinic area
The former internal medicine and pediatrics space on ground floor will become clinic space for general surgery and pain management.
“Work in this area will be less extensive but will include reconfiguring the waiting area for easier patient access. We are also adding a procedure room for in-office procedures,” Streier said.
Carlson Street campus – 1521 Carlson St.
Access Health is on this campus, and the former surgery center at the back of the building will soon be the new home for Avera Home Medical Equipment. This service is currently located at 1104 East College Drive, but will begin serving customers from the Carlson Street location starting March 7.
“Since this space has been unoccupied, work has been in progress here for several weeks. Renovations here are relatively minor which made this part of the project move quickly,” Streier said.
In the future, some services currently offered at the Avera Therapy location at Market Street Mall will move to this space as well.
1104 East College Drive Building
A large portion of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services for adults will be located at this site.
“Having therapy services here will be more convenient for our patients. For people experiencing mobility challenges during their recovery, we believe having a shorter distance from their car to therapy will be a welcome change,” Streier said.
A therapy pool will be installed, and pool therapy will move here from its current location at the Market Street Mall. The pediatric therapy gym will remain on fourth floor of the hospital.
Work is occurring in all areas simultaneously. The project is anticipated to take eight to 10 months to complete.
The current project is part of Avera Marshall’s long-range campus planning. “We know our community and our region rely on us for quality, local health care services,” Streier said. “We are continually planning ahead for ways we can enhance and expand care available to area residents.”