Sioux Center Opens the Doors on a New Community Hospital
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From before the $48.5 million dollar project broke ground in July, 2012, the project received more than a quarter of its funding from pledges and donation from the community of just 7,000 people. CEO Kaylee Lee says the outpouring is a testament to the community’s engagement with the project and desire for some new directions in healthcare.
“The community has really embraced this project from the beginning,” says Lee. “Before we even
Although fundraising experts told hospital planners they could gather the information they needed from three or four focus groups, Lee says the board held a total of fourteen, including more than 200 community members. The consensus on healthcare needs in Sioux Center? More wellness services, more ambulatory care options, and a greater focus on specialty care.
“Some of the issues we were running into in the old facility had to do with privacy,” she explains “I joke that we are going from an Emergency Room to an Emergency Department because we literally had a room with two cots before. At the same time, visits to the ED are increasing.” To accommodate the higher volume, the new hospital has three trauma rooms and 4 exam rooms.
Another national trend mirrored in Sioux Center is the move toward outpatient care. According to Lee, 75% of the hospital’s revenues come from outpatient services. The new facility includes a same-day surgery center with ten ambulatory care rooms for pre- and post-treatment as well as for same-day surgeries.
The facility includes two spacious LDRs and four post-partum rooms designed for family comfort and safe, low-intervention births. The new hospital campus includes 3,000 square feet for rehabilitation services, which have been located off site in an old nursing home.
“The great thing about therapy in the new hospital,” says Lee, “is that you don’t have to come in the main entrance. Rehabilitation services have their own separate entrance so patients, many of whom shouldn't be walking long distances anyway, won’t have to.”
Some of the new technologies on the medical campus are electronic white boards in each room
The campus was designed by Cannon Moss Brygger Architects of Sioux City to incorporate themes from the 23rd Psalm , including verdant pastures, still waters, and restoration of the soul. It features tall ceilings, large windows throughout that look out on greenery, and a circular ‘Town Center’ that makes it easier for patients to find their way around. Reflective stone on the exterior (from Mankato, Minnesota) helps the building blend seamlessly with the landscape.
Reaction to the new facility at a donor gala in April and two public open houses in May were
“When you have staff that provide wonderful care in an old facility, you know that the care is going to be that just better in an advanced new facility,” says Lee. “Not every community would have come behind a big project like this with such support. It is really a blessing to be in a great community like