PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s Hospital will soon be the focus of a series of renovations that officials say will help better meet the needs of a changing healthcare environment and better utilize facility space. A press release from Avera St. Mary’s says the facility recently contracted with BWBR Architects of St. Paul to help develop a master facilities development and improvement plan. The hospital’s governing board approved the renovations last week as the first steps in what officials call a long range plan. Between July and September, the hospital will construct a new Intensive Care Unit on the far east end of the fourth floor. Plans also call for moving the Medical/Surgical Unit from the second floor to the fourth floor to occupy space that previously held a Transitional Care Unit. In addition, the Outpatient Treatment Center will move from the area next to the Emergency Department to the second floor where the current ICU is and eight small, postpartum rooms in the “Family Center” (OB) will be remodeled into four larger suites to better accommodate family members. Richard Molseed, Executive President for Strategy and Governance of Avera Health says the changes are being made to ensure the facility is doing everything possible to meet the needs of people in central South Dakota.
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