Patients will be moved from the old hospital to the new on Sunday, Oct 25, and RiverView Health physicians will begin providing health care in the new clinic on Monday, Oct. 26.
The $51 million hospital and clinic construction project was launched in April 2019. Construction of the facilities, which total 80,000 square feet, came in on budget and were completed on schedule, said Chris Bruggeman, RiverView Health’s chief operating officer.
The hospital and clinic were designed with input from RiverView staff, board members and members of the Crookston community, and the facilities’ layout and design reflect that.
“I think the patients will feel like they’re walking into the Hilton Hotel,” said Dr. Colin Fennell, RiverView Health chief medical officer.
The new clinic has large primary care exam rooms with a capacity to hold additional family members, if needed. A chair in a holder on the outside wall of the rooms can be brought inside if more seating is needed.
Meanwhile, the clinic is divided into pods, which are based on health care types, so patients who have appointments with more than one physician won’t have to walk as far to see them.
In all, RiverView Clinic has 48 exam rooms, three consultation rooms and four procedure rooms.
A collaborative area equipped with desks and computers is available for physicians when they want to work with members of their teams, and the physicians also have individual offices in which to work privately.
Including both collaborative and private work areas for physicians is unique because most clinics have one or the other, Bruggeman noted during an Oct. 21 media tour of the new hospital and clinic.
Other unique features of the new clinic and hospital include walls decorated with paintings commissioned by local artists and photographs taken by a Crookston photographer. The hospital also features exterior walls that have either a view of the Red Lake River or a rooftop garden made up of succulent plants and potted native grass.
The hospital has 21 patient rooms, including three designated for labor and delivery. All of the equipment and supplies needed for labor and delivery are in the rooms. Amenities in the three rooms include laser-controlled ceiling lights, an in-room infant sink and infant warmer.
The other 18 patient rooms also are designed so nurses don’t have to leave the room for supplies, but have access to them through supply cupboards in the interior of the rooms. The supplies are replaced by staff who have access to the cupboards from the rooms’ exterior.
Other patient-friendly features in the hospital include rooms with access to remote control of black-out shades, room lights and television from their beds, and cozy comforters covering the beds.
Four of the 18 rooms have adjoining family suites with bathrooms and showers, and the hospital has an integrated rehabilitation room equipped for physical and occupational therapy.
Building a new hospital and clinic of RiverView’s caliber in a city of 8,000 is a notable accomplishment, according to Fennell.
“I’m very proud of the fact we’re able to do that in a small town,” he said. “This will be a very functional hospital.”