Take a drive near Minot’s southwest edge and you’ll see the future of healthcare slowly emerging from an empty prairie. Trinity Health’s impressive new healthcare campus and medical district is taking shape, with an anticipated grand opening in 2023.
Construction has been rapidly progressing since early last year when JE Dunn Construction assumed the role of construction manager. The exterior structure was enclosed prior to winter, allowing crews to work comfortably inside through the winter months. Enter the facility and you’ll see crews framing metal stud walls — the first floor is complete, the second floor is nearly 50% complete; and third, fourth, fifth, and sixth floors will follow. These metal stud walls will form the lobbies, patient rooms, and exam areas — creating the infrastructure that will bring the new building to life.
The new healthcare campus and medical district comes at a critical time for the region, bringing advancements in multiple areas:
Jobs. Already responsible for generating hundreds of construction jobs, the project will continue to serve as a job creator. It’s anticipated as many as 500 additional healthcare jobs will be added to the region’s economy.
Economic Progress. With overall footage of nearly 800,000 square feet and 148 inpatient and intensive care beds, 15 isolation rooms, four triage rooms, four trauma rooms, one SANE room, 24 observation bays and 10 flex rooms, the more than $500-million-dollar project not only will boost the economy, it will continue to make healthcare a growth industry in Northwest North Dakota.
Healthcare Accessibility. Additional healthcare resources will help ease some of the congestion and bottlenecks that can be part of the current healthcare experience.
Making More Possible. The new healthcare campus and medical district will enable Trinity Health to continue providing outstanding healthcare and to make more possible for our growing and aging communities. This includes opportunities for growth in specialty services and further expansion into higher acuity care for services we already provide, such as neurosurgery, urology, cardiology,
interventional radiology, thoracic, and vascular services.
Training the Next Generation. A significant dividend of the new healthcare campus and medical district will be support for our ongoing venture to grow the next generation of physicians as we partner to expand post-graduate medical education. Tomorrow’s nurses will have the ability to expand their knowledge and skill through clinical rotations in a state-of-the-art facility with current technology(ies). Nurses will be supported in specialty areas by nurse mentors and nurse educators with on-site classrooms to facilitate ongoing education and both clinical and career advancement.
As we have continued to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of our patients, we have devised new and innovative ways to “flex” care in existing spaces. The pandemic underscored the importance for organizations like ours to provide response, resources, and expertise to meet public health demands.
As a result of the pandemic, Trinity Health fine-tuned the original designs of the new healthcare campus and medical district to accommodate needs that may be encountered during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or whatever may come next. The new designs will allow for greater flexibility and ventilation support with your health and safety in mind.
The steady inflows and, at times, clusters of COVID-19 surges have taken a toll on our healthcare workers, who diligently come to work every day to care for anyone who walks through our doors. The scale, scope, and duration of this pandemic have challenged the healthcare system in unprecedented ways. While we continue to meet these challenges, we continue to urge the public to maintain the protocols that have helped keep our communities healthy and safe.