STURGIS, S.D. (Feb. 3, 2021) – A construction project is underway to renovate and expand the Emergency Department at Monument Health Sturgis Hospital.
When completed, the new Emergency Department will offer more privacy for patients and a more efficient workspace for physicians and caregivers, said Mark Schulte, President of Monument Health Sturgis Hospital and Market.
Some of the department’s patient treatment areas are currently separated by curtains, which offer little privacy, he said. When the project is done, each of the spaces will be separated by walls, which will provide more privacy for patients and greater infection control. Construction of the adjoining Sturgis Medical Clinic, completed in February 2018, included a new waiting area for patients, which eased some of the crowding, Schulte said.
Monument Health Sturgis Hospital’s Emergency Department gets about 4,000 patient visits per year. The department will continue to treat patients during all four phases of construction. Work began Jan. 4, and it’s expected to be completed late spring or early summer.
The overall cost of the project is $900,000. The Greater Sturgis Lifecare Foundation, the Sturgis-based hospital foundation, donated $150,000, which was matched by a $150,000 contribution from the Monument Health Foundation. The remaining money comes from Monument Health.
PHOTO LINK: This architectural drawing shows improvements to the Monument Health Sturgis Hospital Emergency Department that will create more privacy for patients and more efficient workspace for caregivers.
PHOTO LINK: Members of the Greater Sturgis Lifecare Foundation presented a $150,000 check to help pay for Emergency Department renovations. Pictured during the presentation are, from left, Terry Hermann, Jeanie Blair, Karen Lyness, Bunker Hill and Mark Schulte, President of Monument Health Sturgis Hospital and Market.
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