(MINOT, ND) – Crews and equipment in southwest Minot are taking advantage of the warm, dry weather to make sure Trinity Health’s proposed new hospital campus and medical district is built on a solid foundation.
Dave Kohlman, Vice President-Facilities, says contractors have been busy conducting soil tests that will assist engineers in planning the new construction. ‘Soil testing should wrap up within the next week,’ Kohlman said. ‘We expect the initial groundwork to begin later this fall, while the serious digging and concrete will start in mid-2017.’
Meanwhile, physicians and departments within Trinity’s network of hospitals and clinics have been meeting over the past week to finalize equipment and space needs for every aspect of the facility. ‘We’ve established an ongoing dialog with Minot City leaders, North Dakota Department of Health officials and other stakeholders to keep everyone current with the design elements,’ Kohlman said.
The 76-acre site southwest of the Minot Family YMCA will be home to the previously announced $250-million medical park that will fulfill a strategic goal of Trinity Health to design a regional care system for the 21st Century.
According to Kohlman, the new facility design will offer significant upgrades for patients, visitors and staff. ‘Our current hospital was built in the early 1920s, and the way healthcare is delivered today is vastly different than it was even a few years ago, he noted. ‘The new facility will feature a modern design with new amenities to improve care quality and patient satisfaction, while providing better functioning spaces for caregivers.’ “