Residents of McPherson will see additions to the McPherson Hospital in 2018.

Hospital leadership decided it was time to build a new addition to the hospital due to increasing numbers of patients and staff.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 26 on the hospital’s grounds to show the first step in launching the construction for the project.

"Over the last several years, increases in the number of providers has fragmented our clinics due to limited space in the current facility. This has created the need for a building that can accommodate this clinic growth," said Cyril Russell, director of marketing at the hospital.

A campaign was recently conducted by the McPherson Healthcare Foundation, which raised $5 million in cash and pledges needed to complete the project.

"None of this would be possible without the generous support of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the capital campaign to ensure the project to its completion," Russell said. "McPherson Hospital is a community hospital in every sense of the term. Without the generous support of the community in the past, we wouldn't be where we are today or discussing the construction of a new facility. We continue to be grateful for this support by providing the best care for our community with the resources that we have," he said.

The hospital hasn't seen a major construction since 2003, when the emergency department was expanded. The 2018 expansion will free up existing clinic space, which will allow staff to perform to the best of their abilities with the addition of a lab and radiological services.

The expansion is expected to be finished in the fall of 2018.

Russell and eager staff awaiting for the new addition are hopeful with the new building that it will provide an easier, more efficient work space.

"This will improve access to care for many of our patients and we anticipate some operational efficiencies for our staff," he explained.

Although the transition will provide new opportunities for the staff and patients, there will be some challenges that come along with it.

"There will be some logistic challenges in making the transition to the new facility. In order to physically move personnel and equipment to a new space, there will undoubtedly be some interruption to schedules, but this will be limited as much as possible — the end result will be worth it," Russell said.

For more information, call the McPherson Hospital at 620-241-2250 or visit their website at http://mcphersonhospital.org. 

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