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Phased Building Projects: making them work in rural hospital environments

Moving forward

Minnesota’s critical access hospitals play an essential role in caring for rural communities. Continuous maintenance and improvement of these facilities is vital. Critical access hospital leaders are better able to move forward with these improvements through phased building projects that are based on an understanding of rural Minnesotan economies and culture. Project phasing is a tool CAH leaders can use to accomplish large goals in bite-sized pieces, fulfilling their mission to provide both excellent health care and wise fiscal stewardship.

– by Richard Engan & Mitra Milani Engan Originally published in the June, 2014 issue of Minnesota Physician (pp. 30-36).

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Louise Dryburgh, Administrator of First Care Health Center in Park River, ND, celebrates the opening of her multi-phased addition and remodeling project. The project transformed the 1950s multi-entrance hospital into a one-story, user-friendly, patient-centered medical center with support services on upper and lower levels.