(MINOT, ND)—Citing the importance of healthcare to the personal and economic well-being of North Dakotans, Trinity Health today hosted a “Breaking More Ground” event to celebrate ongoing construction of its new regional healthcare campus and medical district. Community members gathered at the site of construction to hear about the project’s scope and significance, view a display of project renderings, and enjoy a community picnic.
President/CEO John M. Kutch called the occasion an exciting day for the future of Trinity Health, the Minot community, and northwestern North Dakota. “This project is not really about building or buildings. It is about people,” Kutch said. “It’s about fulfilling our mission to improve the health of the people, the community, and the region we serve. This represents our vision, our dream, and our future. It also embodies Trinity Health’s commitment to provide the highest quality healthcare to the people who entrust their care to us.”
Scheduled for completion in 2021, the $350-million-dollar venture will provide the region a 21st century healthcare complex that offers a wide spectrum of advanced, patient-centered healthcare services. A six-story hospital tower will offer advanced cardiac, neurosurgical, and orthopedic care, and will include 200-plus private rooms, state-of-the-art surgical suites, a behavioral health section, and an emergency/level II trauma center with 24 treatment bays. Also planned is a medical office building for hospital-based specialists and other providers, plus a host of other patient- and family-friendly services and amenities.
“We’ve incorporated an intuitive design to help create a supportive, comforting environment for patients and families from the moment of arrival to the time of discharge,” Kutch said. “Our goal is to make every aspect of their visit a positive experience.”
Planning for the 970,000-square-foot campus began more than a decade ago with the purchase of land west of the Minot Family YMCA along 37th Avenue Southwest. A design phase incorporated several refinements to enhance collaboration between clinical departments to deliver exceptional patient care at a reasonable cost. Last November, Trinity Health received approval from the Ward County Board of Commissioners to issue up to $380 million in Health Care Revenue Bonds. Meanwhile, construction on the site has been underway for more than a year.
Serving as Trinity Health’s architectural partner throughout the building process has been TEG Architects. Yates-Northwest Contracting, a joint venture, has managed the project’s construction.
“We’re extremely grateful for the tremendous work and insight on the part of our professional team, board members, donors, community leaders, and community members, who have understood the importance of this new healthcare campus and medical district,” Mr. Kutch said. “We expect this undertaking will have a profound impact on professional development opportunities across the region, with critical capital investments in healthcare related projects that foster innovation and economic growth.”
With the new facility expected to open just a year shy of Trinity Health’s 2022 centennial, Trinity Health Board Chairman Patrick Holien extoled the grit of Trinity’s founders and the passion of succeeding generations, who never faltered in their quest to pursue medical excellence on behalf of the people they served. “Today, we reflect on our rich history and look forward to where we are headed in the next 100 years,” Holien said. “Our celebration is rooted in the conviction that our vision for the future is as powerful and true as the healthcare legacy that preceded us. Today, we break more ground with gratitude, determination, and pride.”
Trinity Health used the occasion of its groundbreaking to unveil a new corporate brand identity. The new logo is a “living green” leaf design in the shape of a “t” with the tagline, Making More Possible. “Trinity Health is reinventing itself every day, creating continued processes of improvement; thus, allowing us to make more possible,” Kutch added. “In fact, making more possible has become ingrained in our culture as our ServiceFIRST culture becomes more of how we operate each day.”
The public may keep tabs on construction progress by logging on to Trinity Health’s live cam website at www.trinityhealth.org/livecam.