Major Land Gift Launches Fundraising Campaign For New Spearfish Health Care Campus
Nov 29, 2017 02:19PM ● Published by MED Editor
A recent 40-acre land donation marks the start of a major fundraising drive to create a new healthcare campus on the north edge of Spearfish, Regional Health announced today. This new healthcare campus is part of a broad Regional Health initiative to expand and enhance health care throughout western South Dakota and beyond.
The land, which is part of the Dakota Meadows development, is located on the northeast corner of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 85. Through civic and business partnerships, and various foundations and charities, the community in partnership with the Regional Health Foundation intends to raise the $50 million in philanthropic support needed to complete this project. Funds generated through this new campaign will enable Regional Health to move forward with the project, which is expected to cost more than $100 million.
“The Spearfish Market is one of the most vibrant regions of South Dakota, and this investment demonstrates our intention to provide the most advanced health care possible and meet the community’s changing health care needs for many years to come,” said Brent Phillips, President and CEO of Regional Health. “As we move forward, I believe the Northern Hills can serve as a rural health care model for the entire country.”
The land is being donated by 2-Bar-T Ranch LLC, the Spearfish company planning Dakota Meadows, a large mixed-use residential, retail and office community.The Hoff family, Jorgensen family and Uttke family group are partners in 2-Bar-T Ranch and are big supporters of enhancing health care options for the people of the Northern Hills region.
“This campus strategy follows the rural collocated hospital, urgent care and clinic model that Regional Health has developed in Custer, Sturgis and Lead-Deadwood. We see great patient benefit in providing our communities with integrated services in one convenient location,” said Thomas Worsley, President of Regional Health Spearfish Hospital and Market.
“With the support of generous partners, Regional Health will bring new medical specialties and enhanced services to the Northern Hills – all while helping the Spearfish economy see continued growth,” said Priscilla Romkema, Regional Health’s Foundation President.
During the capital fundraising campaign, Regional Health will seek to attract support from the general community, as well as area cities, counties and the state of South Dakota.
“This is very exciting news for Spearfish. I appreciate the vision of Regional Health CEO Brent Phillips and his leadership team, and their continued dedication to invest in the Spearfish community,” said Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke. “This new health care campus will not only allow us to attract more physicians and their support teams to the Spearfish area, but it also benefits the entire western South Dakota region.” Kory Menken, executive director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corp., said the new hospital and clinic campus will be a welcome addition to the Spearfish economy.
“As our community’s largest employer, Spearfish Regional Health has a significant impact on our economy,” said Menken. “This proposed expansion would amplify that impact by creating more jobs and generating increased revenue within our community. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Regional Health on this exciting project.”