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Construction Project Announced by Brodstone

Construction Project Announced by Brodstone

Action by the Superior City Council, on November 12, 2019, approved the issuance of a $10 million Health Care Revenue Bond, clearing the way for an expected $21 million major addition and renovation to the present Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, NE.  This action was taken to provide a lower interest rate for the hospital, because of the not-for-profit status it must “pass through” a governmental entity for approval.  The bond will be administered by Central National Bank in Superior.  There is no liability to the city and Brodstone will be liable to pay back the loan in its entirety to Central National Bank.  The bond issue was readily approved after the council held a public hearing at 7:30 pm.  No one appeared at that hearing to question or oppose the bond issue.

The project plans will include a remodel to the existing hospital complex and construction of an addition that will attach to the east side of the present building, which Evelyn Brodstone donated to the community more than 90 years ago. B-D Construction of Kearney has been selected as the building contractor.

At this time, the project timeline is still fluid and subject to revision although a formal ground breaking is planned for the Spring of 2020. The site preparation work is expected to begin in mid­ February.

The plan provides for 17 new patient rooms, an infusion center and an enlarged emergency room.

When this construction is completed, the present emergency room will be remodeled to serve as a freight unloading and supply storage area as well as providing for an in-facility laundry. Currently, much of the hospital laundry is being sent out for processing. The plan is to bring that work back into the hospital, which will save time and expense currently being used for the service.

The new emergency room will be about triple the size of the present facility. It will have two separate trauma rooms and three patient rooms. If there should be a major catastrophe and the number of patients coming in at one time warrants, the seven infusion rooms located nearby can be used for emergency room overflow.

The infusion center will not be limited to chemotherapy treatment, but will be available for other medical procedures such as blood transfusions. Planners expect the infusion center will also provide space for family members who accompany patients.

The capacity of the hospital will remain at the present 25 beds. The existing 8 rooms near the surgical area will be remodeled and the 17 new rooms will be used for both swing bed and acute patients.  With an increasing number of hospital services being provided to outpatients, 17 is still the highest patient census the hospital has had in recent years.

Many areas within the present hospital structure will be remodeled. When the work is completed, the hospital will have private surgical preparation rooms for incoming patients.

Treg Vyzourek, the hospital's CEO, said, "This new work must comply with newly revised hospital building codes adopted in 2018."  He added that among those regulations are the required space between hospital floors. The new rooms will have the eight to nine foot high ceilings common in today's construction, but the code will require nearly six feet of open space above the ceilings to provide passage ways for wiring and mechanical needs. He further described the new code as an "eye opener" when considering today's hospital construction costs.

Public forums are being planned to inform community residents about the project. At those meetings area residents will be able to hear from Brodstone leaders on the project, ask questions and view renderings of the current plans.

Public forums are scheduled at following times and locations:

Wednesday, December 11th-Vestey Center in Superior@ 3:00pm & Superior Country Club@ 6:30pm

Thursday, December 12th- Nelson Community Center@ 6:30pm

Wednesday, December 18th- Lawrence Legion @6:30pm

Thursday, December 19th- Edgar Community Center@ 6:30pm

"It is their hospital and we want them to understand why the work is necessary," Vyzourek said, "Our project is about safety, privacy, and security for our patients."