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An inside view: St. Joseph’s gives first look into new hospital

Press Photo by Nadya Faulx Hospital president Reed Reyman motions to CHI St. Joseph’s Health future three-floor facility as he leads the first public tour of the new hospital Thursday.1 / 2
Press Photo by Nadya Faulx CHI St. Joseph’s Health president Reed Reyman leads hospital staff and media on a public tour of the health care provider’s new facilities on Thursday. The $85 million modern hospital and clinic are set to open in November.2 / 2

As construction on the CHI St. Joseph’s Health moves toward a November opening date, president Reed Reyman said Thursday he already “feels really good” about the rapidly developing $85 million facility

“It changes every ten days or so,” he said.

Hospital officials showed off the new facility Thursday, giving the first public tour of the building that’s been four years in the making. Though it was not quite finished, the structure, located at the corner of Fairway and 23rd Avenue West in Dickinson, was one to admire.

Developers worked with health-care professionals to conceive a design that puts the focus on efficiency, flow and, most importantly, the patients.

“It’s designed to enhance the total patient experience,” Reyman said.

Denise Lutz, vice president for human resources at Catholic Health Initiatives, said she is looking forward to the improved flow of patients in the “newer, brighter building.”

Professionals of all expertises and specialties will be in a single building, a benefit to both medical workers and their patients.

The 78,000-square foot clinic and 106,000-square foot hospital will feature 25 inpatient beds for emergency services, but will offer expanded outpatient services, ones that require fewer, if any, nights spent in the hospital.

“The way that health care is set up is to keep people healthy,” he said. “We’re doing preventive medicine: take care of bumps and bruises before they get really bad.

“That translates to more clinic services,” he said, including a therapy pool, infusion room and orthopaedic unit, as well as a strategically chosen soothing color palette of browns, blues, purples and oranges.

The current St. Joseph’s hospital was built more than 80 years ago and has gone through several additions. Reyman said that although the old building is still solid, it offers “21st-century medicine in a 20th-century facility.

“It’s logistically set up to be more difficult than it needs to be,” he said.

It also can’t keep up with increasing demand: about 48,000 patients went through the hospital in 2012, and 55,000 in 2013. Patient services have been growing by 5 to 10 percent annually, Reyman said — and the new hospital could grow with them.

The modern facility has been designed to “expand and change as necessary,” St. Joseph’s CFO Stephanie Franken said.

Actual numbers will depend whether families join oil and construction workers moving to southwest North Dakota, but Franken estimates that “there will more than likely be growth.

“The beauty is, we don’t know, but we can expand if we need to,” she said, up to at least 50 inpatient beds.

As excited as the staff is to move into the new building, Franken said she and her coworkers are “focusing on saying goodbye” to the old building — particularly the chapel — in the remaining months.