New hospital construction back on track

Updated: Apr 28

by Trinity Gruenberg

Tri-County Health Care’s new hospital project is back on track after being suspended on April 1, 2020, due to the pandemic.

The current facility was built in 1974 and is landlocked in the current location on Highway 71. A new location was chosen just over the county line in Otter Tail County on Highway 10 to construct the $72 million, 123,000 square foot facility.

“The rural healthcare center of the future will blend cutting edge technology with the human touch, peace, and tranquility,” described President and CEO of Tri-County Health Care Joel Beiswenger.

The current facility was set up for inpatient care. That has shifted to mostly outpatient. The layout of the current facility would make remodeling difficult, as well as causing many disruptions, and it still wouldn’t give them the room needed to expand. The cost projections for remodeling compared to new construction were similar.

They purchased 76 acres, giving them the space for future expansions.

The project was suspended, as they didn’t want planning for the project to hinder their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As many services were shut down, hurting their revenue stream, their financial future became uncertain. The financial markets also became uncertain. . .

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