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Regional Health Breaks Ground on Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute

May 24, 2017 04:03PM ● By Digital Media Director

Regional Health has broken ground on a state-of-the-art Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute in Rapid City

Located on an easily accessible 10-acre site, the 114,850-square-foot center will cost an estimated $55 million and will anchor a complex focused on musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation, sports medicine, and physical enhancement.

When the project is complete in the fall of 2018, the building will be a one-stop shop for a variety of related medical services, including orthopedics, sports medicine, performance enhancement, physical medicine and rehabilitation, podiatry, spine, pain management, and integrative medicine services.

The new institute will contain licensed inpatient beds, surgery and associated support areas, and will house physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, athletic trainers, and related specialists.

“To have everything together promotes the team connection,” says Rapid City Market President of Medical Services Mark Harlow, MD. “It brings all of these services under one roof so that all patients have a single destination to get comprehensive care.”

The institute’s two-story lobby with abundant natural light will welcome visitors into registration, a lounge and retail spaces, plus a bistro with an adjacent outdoor dining area. The modern building will contain a state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery suite designed to encourage efficiency in patient circulation and staff and physician workflow, as well as an integrated physician specialty clinic.

In addition to inpatient beds and support services, the first floor will include a physical therapy suite and treatment gym for the training of athletes and employee wellness. The second floor will hold clinics for orthopedic specialties, wound care, pain and weight management, as well as administrative services. Additional amenities include an outdoor fitness and agility training area and walking track.

The new institute will help meet the region’s growing need for orthopedic services. Regional Health recently hired four orthopedic surgeons and is in the process of recruiting others to begin practicing here this year.

Complementing the architecture of Regional Health’s main hospital campus, the exterior of the new building will blend local style and materials with modern elements. Vertical and horizontal components will represent the natural beauty of the Black Hills, Badlands and Great Plains.

Materials such as glass, stone, masonry and metal, as well as outdoor gardens for dining, contemplation and respite, will reinforce connections to nature.

According to the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, the institute is expected to add an estimated 177 jobs and $11.8 million in payroll for Black Hills communities.