Four Years ago--Senator Kent Conrad helped St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson become a Critical Access hospital.
That helps the hospital remain financially stable and is helping to build a new facility.
Jon Schaeffer met with Senator Conrad and St. Joe's hospital to find out more.
St. Joseph's Hospital CEO Reed Reyman says that over time the hospital has become a bit outdated.
Reed Reyman "We talk about trying to do 21st century medicine in a 20th century facility, but you know four years ago prior to the critical access status we were in a fairly tough financial situation which made it impossible for us to move forward."
With help from Senator Kent Conrad the hospital was given the critical access status four years ago. That paired with an influx of people coming to Dickinson pushed a strategic plan to build a new facility to move even faster.
Senator Conrad"I'm so delighted because I remember very well three and a half years ago we were in a fight for survival. We had some tough challenges and through a real partnership we were able to get over the hump and get back in a very positive growth track and now look what's happened."
The new facility will be on over 70 acres of land right off interstate 94 on the west side of the city.
It will be state of the art and allow the staff at St. Joseph's to handle the traffic even better then they already are.
REed Reyman"I guess I'm excited for the efficiencies it's going to provide for just another...going from good to great in our health care system and just really being able to handle everything that's being pushed our way."
Reyman says that they hope to get shovels in the ground for the new facility by November 1st.