By the end of the year this parking lot will have a whole new look. The expansion will take place here and it adds a third section to the clinic.
The project will include approximately 12,000 square feet of space. Twenty-eight exam rooms will be added as well as support space for 9 providers, and a retail pharmacy with a drive- thru window.
President of New Ulm Medical Center, Toby Freier says, "We need the space badly we're serving many more patients in the future. More patients are choosing NUMC for their care."
From 2010-2013 Freier anticipated a growth of nearly 20,000 annual clinic visits.
The expansion will not only alleviate space issues but the 12,000 square foot addition will also provide the foundation to support 2 additional stories to accommodate future growth needs.
Planning has been taking place for about a year and Allina Health is turning that plan into action.
Freier says, "This clinic project will be solely funded by Allina Health the $5.3 is being made by the system. We feel like it's just a critical investment that's needed to meet the care needs of the region."
Dr. Sanjay Mishra says, "It's amazing how quickly we run out of space to continue to provide services. I think it's necessary and will be a great add on."
The hospital's new birthing center is still under construction. The clinic expansion will begin in April. Completion for the project is set for December 31st.