Lexington hospital to make renovations and build addition

RRN/KRVN. Groundbreaking held on west side of Lexington Regional Health Center on Thursday.

Raul Ochoa/RRN/KRVN. Reception held in lobby after groundbreaking.

Raul Ochoa/RRN/KRVN. Create decorations to mark beginning of major construction project.

Ground was broken at the Lexington Regional Health Center Thursday on a $25 Million project to build a new outpatient service center along with renovations in the hospital facility. Board President Kerry Teetor said that healthcare has drastically changed over his 26 years on the board and that the idea of expanding outpatient services was discussed as long as 7 years ago. He described a "need for more space and improved technology" for better serving the community. The 31,000 square foot addition will include 16 exam rooms for visiting specialists, 3 new operating rooms and telemedicine.

Health Center CEO Leslie Marsh is quick to add that there will also be renovations. She says the facility was built in 1976 and all of the patient rooms will be converted to private rooms. There will be changes to the kitchen and dining room.
The front entrance will be redesigned along with updating the mechanical and electrical systems.

The cost of the project is funded through a $15 Million loan from USDA Rural Development, a $5 Million loan from Great Western Bank, earmarked funding from the hospital and donations from local community members and businesses. HDR is the design/architect for the project and will also serve as construction manager. Completion is expected in the later part of 2015.

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer was among the groundbreaking speakers. She said "you're going to have a facility and the resources and the people to be a regional healthcare center for the State of Nebraska." Also speaking was USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul.

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