The Foundation Board of Milbank Area Hospital Avera announces the selection and purchase of the land for the new hospital and clinic. “After looking at many sites throughout the community….I firmly believe we have come up with what is the best site available,” said Jim Gesswein, foundation board chairman.
Sites were analyzed based on criteria such as available infrastructure, proximity to schools and residential neighborhoods for emergency routes, easy access for vehicles and pedestrians, and general visibility and connection to the Milbank community. “Now that we know the location, the next steps include design development,” said Natalie Gauer, administrator.
Perspective has been chosen for the project. Perspective partnered with BWBR of St. Paul, MN, to develop a master plan. In November 2011, the decision was made to go forward with building a new facility. The estimated cost is $17.8 million for a 60,000 to 75,000 square foot building. Goals for the new building include quality patient care, a focus on technology, expanded space, an environment that is inviting and patient-friendly with easy way-finding and additional space for outreach specialty care. Estimated completion date is set for fall 2015.
Source: Image and article courtesy of Grant County Review, Milbank, SD.