Better access to care: Rural hospital expands with $20M renovation

ALBION, Neb. - A $20 million construction project hopes to give Nebraskans better access to care.

"We are actually doing a lot of the out-patient services that we already currently provide here at the hospital, but were just expanding them a little bit," said Boone County Health Center CEO Tanya Sharp.

Sharp said the 53,000 square feet of space will give the employees more room to work.

"Our existing clinic was actually built for 5 providers," said Sharp. "Right now we're at 15 providers and we'll be at 17 by the end of summer."

After breaking ground back in May of 2020, so far everything is on schedule.

"Construction has been going great, we're actually on track for a completion of December 2021," said Rob Reed, Project Manager with Beckenhauer Construction. 

By the end of the year, there will be an abundance of new facilities, including 33 exam rooms, two operating rooms, two labor delivery rooms, and a 5,000 square foot physical therapy area.

Unlike other construction projects across the state, the pandemic didn't stop efforts in Albion.

"We continued on and actually we were able to secure pricing and a lot of our structural steel before COVID-19 really had an impact," said Sharp.

BCHC serves seven counties, making up around 13,000 patients in its service area.

Construction is to be completed by December 2021.