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November 30, 2017

Regional Health to open new campus

Regional Health to open new campus

 

By Mark Watson Black Hills Pioneer


SPEARFISH — Regional Health announced this morning that it plans to build a new health care campus near Interstate 90’s Exit 10.


The announcement follows a 40-acre land donation north of Kerwin Lane by 2-Bar-T Ranch, LLC, a Spearfish company planning the Dakota Meadows development.
The Dakota Meadows project, a planned 700-acre residential, and retail development, located north of Interstate 90 and east of Highway 85, was announced in 2015.
With the donation of the land, Regional Health started a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $50 million of the more than $100 million estimated price tag of the health care campus. Regional Health hopes to receive the $50 million through philanthropic support from the public, cities, counties and state. Funding is anticipated to come from a variety of sources, including possibly from local governments, Regional Health officials said.


“The Spearfish market is one of the most vibrant regions of South Dakota, and this investment demonstrates our intention to provide the most advanced health care possible and meet the community’s changing health care needs for many years to come,” said Brent Phillips, president and CEO of Regional Health, in a prepared statement. “As we move forward, I believe the Northern Hills can serve as a rural health care model for the entire country.”


Thomas Worsley, interim president of Spearfish Regional Hospital and the Spearfish and Belle Fourche markets, told the Pioneer Wednesday that a construction timeline on the new facility will largely be determined by the fundraising efforts.


Worsley said the planned campus would consolidate health care in Spearfish.


Worsley said clinic locations spread throughout Spearfish creates logistic challenges. “What we are really looking to do is create a campus that patients and families will be able to come and receive their care in one location where it is really designed around the patient,” he said.
The campus, he said, would also allow physicians to better collaborate on patient care.
Regional Health currently operates a hospital, two clinics, and several other specialized facilities in Spearfish.
Services in Deadwood and Belle Fourche would remain unchanged, he said.
Worsley said the construction of the new campus would allow for additional services, including some surgical services that are not available in Spearfish now, but it is too early to determine what surgical services would be added.


“Right now we are tapped out on space,” he said. “Our desire for this is that people will not have to travel and leave Spearfish. They will be able to receive all their care here.”
Spearfish Regional Hospital is a level 4 trauma center, and severe trauma cases are transferred to Rapid City Regional Hospital, a level 2 center.
The new campus would not likely include an increased trauma center; however, Worsley said Regional Health would like to expand its obstetrics and pediatric services to possibly include a neonatal intensive care unit, but that would hinge on growth.


Worsley said that with consolidated health care, there would not be a need for the clinics scattered around Spearfish. Some facilities are owned while others are leased in the Queen City. Worsley said a plan will be formalized for the future use or sale of the clinics and hospital after the new facility is built.


Regional Health employees nearly 600 people in Spearfish currently. With the new campus, he anticipates that number to increase.
“We envision this will be a spark to the local economy,” Worsley said.


“This is very exciting news for Spearfish. I appreciate the vision of Regional Health CEO Brent Phillips and his leadership team, and their continued dedication to invest in the Spearfish community,” said Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke in a prepared statement. “This new health care campus will not only allow us to attract more physicians and their support teams to the Spearfish area, but it also benefits the entire western South Dakota region.”


Kory Menken, executive director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corp., said the new hospital and clinic campus would be a welcome addition to the Spearfish economy.
“As our community’s largest employer, Spearfish Regional Health has a significant impact on our economy,” said Menken. “This proposed expansion would amplify that impact by creating more jobs and generating increased revenue within our community. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Regional Health on this exciting project.”

 

Nov 29, 2017
Dan Daly

SPEARFISH, S.D. (Nov. 29, 2017) – A recent 40-acre land donation marks the start of a major fundraising drive to create a new health care campus on the north edge of Spearfish, Regional Health announced today. This new health care campus is part of a broad Regional Health initiative to expand and enhance health care throughout western South Dakota and beyond.

The land, which is part of the Dakota Meadows development, is located on the northeast corner of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 85. Through civic and business partnerships, and various foundations and charities, the community in partnership with the Regional Health Foundation intends to raise the $50 million in philanthropic support needed to complete this project. Funds generated through this new campaign will enable Regional Health to move forward with the project, which is expected to cost more than $100 million.

“The Spearfish Market is one of the most vibrant regions of South Dakota, and this investment demonstrates our intention to provide the most advanced health care possible and meet the community’s changing health care needs for many years to come,” said Brent Phillips, President and CEO of Regional Health. “As we move forward, I believe the Northern Hills can serve as a rural health care model for the entire country.”

The land is being donated by 2-Bar-T Ranch LLC, the Spearfish company planning Dakota Meadows, a large mixed-use residential, retail and office community. The Hoff family, Jorgensen family and Uttke family group are partners in 2-Bar-T Ranch and are big supporters of enhancing health care options for the people of the Northern Hills region.

“This campus strategy follows the rural collocated hospital, urgent care and clinic model that Regional Health has developed in Custer, Sturgis and Lead-Deadwood. We see great patient benefit in providing our communities with integrated services in one convenient location,” said Thomas Worsley, President of Regional Health Spearfish Hospital and Market.

“With the support of generous partners, Regional Health will bring new medical specialties and enhanced services to the Northern Hills – all while helping the Spearfish economy see continued growth,” said Priscilla Romkema, Regional Health’s Foundation President.

During the capital fundraising campaign, Regional Health will seek to attract support from the general community, as well as area cities, counties and the state of South Dakota.

“This is very exciting news for Spearfish. I appreciate the vision of Regional Health CEO Brent Phillips and his leadership team, and their continued dedication to invest in the Spearfish community,” said Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke. “This new health care campus will not only allow us to attract more physicians and their support teams to the Spearfish area, but it also benefits the entire western South Dakota region.”

Kory Menken, executive director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corp., said the new hospital and clinic campus will be a welcome addition to the Spearfish economy.

“As our community’s largest employer, Spearfish Regional Health has a significant impact on our economy,” said Menken. “This proposed expansion would amplify that impact by creating more jobs and generating increased revenue within our community. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Regional Health on this exciting project.”

Regional Health
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 25 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies. For more information, visit regionalhealth.org.

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