COLUMBUS – Columbus Community Hospital has been growing at a rapid rate over the past 8 years, and just announced plans to invest an additional $35 million.
Over the past 8 year period, the hospital has added major additions including the new medical office building, increased emergency room services, a child care center, and the Columbus Wellness Center.
Hospital CEO Michael Hansen says the majority of the expansion and renovation will revolve around the hospital’s operating room services.
“This is something, that as we continue to grow and evolve over time, that staff are really excited about,” noted Hansen. “The OR team has really been looking forward to this, and I think it will be a great addition to our hospital.”
The changes coming in the expansion include 2 additional operating rooms, a minor procedure room, two endoscopy rooms, and more space that will help the staff improve same day procedures. Changes that, Hansen says, need to be made in order to meet the increasing demand for their services.
“I think last year, we did about 600 more surgeries than we did the previous year.” Hansen says, “So our surgery numbers keep growing, and we’ve already recruited surgeons for 2019, ’20, ’21, and ’22. So we stay well ahead of the curve, in terms of getting those surgeons to come to our community.”
The hospital also has plans to renovate and relocate currently existing spaces and services within the hospital. Among those getting a major overhaul will be the Obstetrics portion of the building, which operates on an older nursing layout, put in place 16 years ago.
“We’re going to an LDRP model. Where labor, delivery, post-pardom, and recovery all happen in the same room,” says Hansen. “A little bit larger room. It has the amenities that you would find in a nice hotel room, and then of course space for dad, and family, to be in the room with mom and the baby.”
Hansen says, other minor expansions include increasing the space in the radiology department, adding a second CT scanner, expanding the nuclear medicine room, and relocating the conference room from the third to first floor, just east of the cafeteria. Cardiac rehab will also move to the first floor, while obstetrics will move up to the third floor, explained Hansen.
Overall the hospital is planning on the project to take about 2 and a half years to complete.