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MMSC Receives Approval to Construct New Facility

November 5, 2013

Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center (MMSC) today announced plans for 75,000-square-foot phase I of a 3 phase hospital replacement. The first phase will include an outpatient surgical building on 30 acres located on the southwest corner of highway 30 and highway 14 intersection. On Monday the Iowa State Health Facilities Council approved the certificate of need for phase one of this three phase building project which will include 4 state-of-the-art surgical suites that will be designed and built to streamline operations and improve patient experiences.
Along with outpatient surgical services, the initial phase of this $35,000,000 project will also include:
• Imaging
• Wound Care
• Therapy/Rehabilitation Services
• Urgent Care
• Laboratory
Phase I will be a relocation of those existing outpatient services to a new location and newly constructed building. Phase I includes moving four of the existing eight surgical suites, wound care, urgent care clinic, outpatient diagnostic imaging services, a remote laboratory area and outpatient rehabilitation. The facility is being master planned for the eventual relocation of the inpatient beds, emergency department and physician offices.
This new facility allows MMSC to improve patient experiences by building a modern efficient facility that is easy to navigate and centrally located for patients coming from outlying service areas. The entire project is being designed with input from doctors, nurses and staff to create efficiencies, maximize best practices, and improve patient experiences and throughput. Groundbreaking is slated for Spring 2014, with completion of phase one in mid 2015.
Background Information
MMSC will be constructing an outpatient services center to begin the phased replacement of a campus that is out of date with the healthcare needs of the community. The current facility is a conglomeration of construction that began in 1914 with the most recent addition being a clinic in 2009. Over that time period the delivery of healthcare services has changed drastically. The existing facility is not designed to meet the current level of needs of patients it serves. Additionally, the current building is too large and would require approximately $30 million in infrastructure improvements before any renovations to the patient care areas could begin. MMSC needs to begin the transition to a facility with a more efficient footprint that is better suited to the realities of providing healthcare today.
The primary location for this project is the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 30. It is 3.25 miles from the current campus and located on the south side of Marshalltown. The site is approximately 30 acres of green space that is currently farmland across of the community college campus.
In early 2010 the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center held strategic planning meetings to develop organizational short term and long term goals. A MMSC Strategic Plan 2010-2014 was developed by community board members, administrators, medical staff and employees, and covers five key areas: Providers and Services; Industry Trends, Partnerships & Reform, Organizational Excellence, Community Engagement and Facilities & Technology. The Facilities and Technology vision statement is “to have a facility that is modern and efficient in terms of its technologies and design.”
As a product of the strategic planning work, a Facilities Steering Committee was formed. This committee consisted of MMSC board members, MMSC Foundation board members, administrators, medical staff, employees, other community medical providers, and a contracted architectural firm. This group was charged with the development of a Strategic Facility Master Plan. This plan consisted of the assessment of our current facility, market analysis, future healthcare service needs of patients, financial considerations and patient and workflow efficiencies.
After twelve months of work the Facilities Steering Committee’s recommendation to the MMSC Board of Trustees was to pursue a phased full off-site replacement of the current hospital campus. This plan will
enhance the patient experience and access, increase the efficiency of the operation, allow for future expandability. The average age of MMSC’s physical plant is 50 years old. The current buildings were built in 1914, 1926, 1962, 1972, 1983, 2003, 2007 and 2009. In April of 2012 a Condition Assessment was conducted by Aramark Healthcare. That assessment consisted of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, roofing, envelope and waterproofing and energy overview. That assessment determined that MMSC would need to spend $30,000,000 to address infrastructure issues in the existing buildings. Those improvements would be needed to remain in the existing facility, but would not enhance patient care or the patient experience, which are major areas of focus for this project.
Note: State Certificate of Need required for all phases of the project.


Location: Marshalltown, Iowa

For More Information:

Liz Zuercher, Vice President of Administrative Services

Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center
(641) 754-5090

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