$39 million project would add 70,000 square feet of new inpatient and outpatient space, but needs a $33 million USDA low-interest loan

    The Crookston City Council’s Ways & Means Committee Monday evening gladly approved a “certificate of support” that RiverView Health can use to illustrate community support as it pursues $33 million in low-interest loan funding from the USDA for a building project on its Crookston campus that would add 70,000 square foot of new facilities for hospital inpatient beds and outpatient clinics, and cost an estimated $39 million.

    “RiverView continues to explore the feasibility” of the project, RiverView President/CEO Carrie Michalski told the Times, adding that similar support is being sought from the Polk County Board of Commissioners and other governmental units within RiverView’s service area.

    RiverView Chief Operating Officer Chris Bruggeman attended Monday’s committee meeting and characterized the pursuit of USDA funding as the “last big hurdle before we’re kind of at a go or no-go point.”

    No timeline for the potential project has been formally set, Bruggeman added. If the USDA funding is secured, things like that will come more info focus, he said.

    RiverView Health is Crookston’s largest employer.

    Construction of the new additions would be attached to the portion of the building constructed in 2001 and includes the Emergency and Surgery departments, as well as the Imaging Center.

    Michalski said planning for the proposed project began around 18 months ago.

    The Inpatient Unit portion of RiverView’s main building has served the community since the 1950s, but its age and limitations are recognized as a growing concern, she said. The RiverView Board of Directors is looking at the retirement of the space with a renewed investment in an improved Inpatient Unit that will enhance care and better accommodate the needs of patients, their families and RiverView’s care team, Michalski added.

    “Securing financing is the last piece to making the project a reality for the community,” she said.