RiverView Health and Otter Tail Power Company have a lot in common: Both provide important services to people in rural communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Each entity also recognizes the importance of the other.

    In that regard, Otter Tail recently made a $35,000 donation to the RiverView Foundation to go toward RiverView’s building project.

    “Part of our company’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the areas in which we do business,” said Otter Tail Power Company Area Manager Jake Ellefson. “We’re proud to provide financial support for RiverView Health’s expansion, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the Crookston community.”

    RiverView’s building project, titled RiverView 2020: Our Vision is Clear, will be a new, two-story facility consisting of 81,000 square feet. The top floor of the new build, with a view of the Red Lake River on the east and Castle Park on the west, will house a patient-centered, family-inclusive Inpatient Unit with 21 patient rooms and four family suites.

    The ground level will be home to all three of RiverView’s current Crookston clinics consolidated into one large clinic with one entrance and a registration area just steps from the front door. The new clinic will have 47 patient exam rooms, patient education rooms, and well-equipped spaces for in-clinic procedures.

    The facility will also feature other amenities, including a meditation chapel, lobby café, relocated gift shop, and an 80-occupant training and conference center.

    The project is currently in the bidding stage. A groundbreaking will take place this spring, with a completion date in the fall of 2020. The total cost is estimated at $47 million, with the Foundation committed to raising at least $2 million.

    Otter Tail Power Company is a long-time supporter of RiverView Health’s projects and programs.

    “The Foundation appreciates that Otter Tail Power Company’s foremost concerns are for its customers, neighbors and employees,’’ stated RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun. “We share Otter Tail’s hometown understanding of the people and places we serve, and we vow to improve the quality of life for those in our shared community.’’

    For information on RiverView’s building project or other projects through the RiverView Foundation, contact Bruun at 281-9249 or kbruun@riverviewhealth.org

    For more information on RiverView’s building project, go to riverviewhealth.org and watch the RiverView 2020 video.