It's a project that is long overdue...
That's how Tioga Medical Center CEO Randall Peterson describes the work to expand that facility.
With a price-tag of 8.2 million dollars, the center will take a step forward in patient care, and also become more doctor friendly.
In today's Eye on Energy, Perry Olson shows us how the work will go a long way in helping treat a booming population.
(Randall Peterson - Tioga Medical Center CEO) "Our town is growing and our service area is growing and that puts demands on our doctors and providers. We need to be able to accommodate those and we try our best to do that."
And their best, will soon include this multi-million dollar expansion of the Tioga Medical Center. 15 thousand square feet of new space to meet the needs of the region. Multiple patient rooms...doctor space...and a new clinic will highlight the project.
(Randall Peterson - Tioga Medical Center CEO) "Right now our clinic is about 70 years old and in a different building and as busy as we are getting in this area we find it necessary to get our doctors closer to the hospital and make it easier for the doctors and patients to float back and forth between the hospital and the clinic."
Emergency upgrades are coming as well...adding two more ambulance bays -- at a time where the one they currently have simply hasn't been enough recently...
(Randall Peterson - Tioga Medical Center CEO) "Many times we have multiple trauma patients who are coming into our facility so it will be nice to have doctors and nurses at the same place instead of spread out all over the hospital when we have multiple patient incidents."
Tioga Medical Center sees serious trauma patients...and many times plays the role of stabilizer -- working with Mercy Medical in Williston and Trinity Hospital in Minot -- through the air.
(Randall Peterson - Tioga Medical Center CEO) "We are thankful for the helicopter services that are in Williston now and Trinity too. They do a nice job for us in responding to our needs and our goal is to get the patients where they need to go as soon as we can get them there."
Tioga voters approved a half cent sales tax in 2012 to pay for the project -- and it should help to increase efficiently, and more importantly -- save lives. With your Eye on Energy, Perry Olson, KX News.
Minnesota-based Shingobee Construction was awarded the project.
Officials hope to have the work competed by September of 2015.