The target date for a new, quarter-billion dollar medical complex in Minot remains unchanged.
The new Trinity Health campus is set to open in about three years.
Jim Olson reports hospital officials say a change in project management hasn’t delayed their opening date.
(Randy Schwan, Trinity Health VP) “You can feel the excitement building.”
Trinity Vice President Randy Schwan says the excitement is over this – the new medical campus to be built on Minot’s southwest edge.
(Randy Schwan, Trinity Health VP) “A busy few years ahead here. We’ve only just begun.”
Schwan says significant construction should begin late summer on this site where some initial dirt work has been going on for many months.
(Randy Schwan, Trinity Health VP) “By late this summer and fall we will start moving dirt in earnest.”
That’s what the public will see – but he says what you won’t see is all the work behind the scenes to make a new hospital a reality in three years.
(Randy Schwan, Trinity Health VP) “How do you move a large medical campus from one site to the other while you’re taking care of patients. We’ve already started working on the choreography of that.”
Trinity recently hired Yates Northwest for project management after the original firm – Mortensen – failed to bring cost estimates into a desired range.
(Randy Schwan, Trinity Health VP) “Their project estimates were out of line with the other groups’ ideas of how much the project was going to cost.”
The changes have pushed back the start of major construction, but, Schwan says, won’t delay the ultimate 2020 opening date. But Trinity won’t be moving every aspect of its operation to the new campus. Some existing buildings will stay in use.
(Randy Schwan, Trinity Health VP) “We know that Health Center-Medical Arts is going to remain in play with a lot of primary care providers in that facility – it will still be a primary care clinic. We know Health Center-West will be used for outpatient therapies. We know that Cancer Care Center and Imaging Center will remain at the Town and County Center.”
Schwan says talks are going on with the city for Trinity to transfer ownership of buildings that are vacated in the move to the city for its use. For Schwan, it’s all part of the excitement.
(Randy Schwan, Trinity Health VP) “The excitement is building internally and I hope externally as people see this moving forward and realize the benefit it will be to the region.”
Jim Olson, KX News.
Trinity’s estimated cost for the new facility is 275-million dollars.