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Ahead of schedule: Sanford moves Dickinson Clinic opening date forward

Press Photo by Katherine Grandstrand Dr. Marc Ricks, left, listens to Rob Riness, senior project manager for Mortenson Construction, as he gives a tour of Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic during construction on Tuesday.

Construction of the Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic is moving along so well that its tentative opening date has been moved up by four months.

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The 85,000 square foot clinic will open in February rather than next summer, officials announced during a hard-hat tour of the facility Tuesday. The building should be complete in January, leaving time for the Sanford staff to move in.

“Plan ahead, plan often,” said Rob Riness, senior project manager for Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction, the general contractor for the Dickinson Clinic. “Really, we know the business.”

Mortenson, which also constructed the West River Community Center in Dickinson and is now working on its addition, has built several clinics and hospitals throughout the years. Ground was broken on the clinic in December.

The clinic is more than three times the size of the current Dickinson Clinic, and doctors and nurses touring the facility were excited about the possibilities, even calling dibs on offices.

“This is really exciting,” said Dr. Marc Ricks, pediatrician with Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic. “It’s been needed for a long time.”

The Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic will add services and staff, including infusion services for cancer patients, said Amy Kreidt, administrator of the Dickinson Clinic.

“We’re working with the Bismarck oncologists,” Kreidt said. “Dr. (Edward) Wos comes here almost once a week already and then they kind of work all together anyway so then we can continue that so people don’t have to drive.”

On the first floor is orthopedics, radiology and infusion services, a walk-in clinic and a pharmacy with the two main entrances, said Mike Norris, the integrated construction coordinator for Mortenson Construction. The second floor has pediatrics, surgery and specialists offices.

There are 62 exam rooms, six procedure rooms, 27 offices and an MRI room, all behind 327 doors, Norris said. There are three spaces that could serve as operating rooms, two that will fill that purpose upon opening and the third will serve as an endoscopy room — where tiny cameras are used to look inside the human body.

“There are nine pre-op/post-op bays for patients to be and have privacy,” Kreidt said. “They’ll start out here once they’re admitted and have all the prep work done before they go to surgery.”

Patients will spend some time in the general recovery room before returning to the bays and then finally going home, Kreidt said. The new facility is not a hospital and therefore is not equipped for overnight stays.

The building was designed to expand if the need becomes apparent, Riness said.

“The structure is designed to go up another two floors,” Riness said and pointed out a hallway that could potentially expand a future hospital.

Sanford has hired six physicians in the last 18 months and plans to add more as construction moves forward, Kreidt said. It will also continue to have partnerships with specialists from Sanford’s Bismarck staff.

“As we get closer we’ll be posting for positions and hiring as we need,” Kreidt said. “Those are all permanent positions.”

The clinic is located at 2615 Fairway St. in west Dickinson, across the street from the new St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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