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Sanford's New Heart Hospital

February 1, 2011, 5:57 PM by Kelli Grant

Sanford's New Heart Hospital
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Heart-related problems are the nation's number one killer. To help lower that risk, Sioux Falls is adding another medical facility devoted exclusively to heart care.

It's 5 floors tall, and cost $78 million. And when Sanford's new Heart Hospital opens in just over a year, it will help to meet a growing need in cardiac care.

Walls are going up, concrete is poured and today, 130 construction workers are turning steel into a new state-of-the-art hospital.

“The bottom floors are now enclosed with windows, they're heated. We're in a heated space right now that people can start to their work inside," Sanford USD Medical Center President, Dr. Pat O'Brien said.

Sanford USD Medical Center President, Dr. Pat O'Brien says the building is designed to be finished one floor at a time. Even with this winter's rough weather, the building project is moving right along.

“I like to say on time and on budget, because it is,” O'Brien said.

Sanford Heart Hospital will have 56 in-patient rooms, doctor's offices, 8 catheterization labs, operating rooms and still more room for testing. O'Brien says it's space that's needed.

“We've outgrown our space in the main medical center which we used to call the heart center. We've outgrown that in terms of doctor's office space and testing we have needs to backfill into our medical center because the whole medical center is busier than it was a few years ago,” O'Brien said.

Along with more space, will come more jobs. 400 construction jobs are already in place building the hospital, once it's complete, more staff will be needed to operate the facility.

“We have heart and vascular staff and nurses and so forth that will transfer to this building but this is a much bigger facility than what we have. So there will be a continual need for people,” O'Brien said.

O'Brien says, this facility will be an asset to the community. And with the latest technology, patients can expect a high quality of care.

“Sometimes we are able now to have patients come in and out in a much shorter time than they used to have their heart and their blood vessels taken care of and so this building reflects that,” O'Brien said.

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