Grand Island Regional Breaks Ground on New Hospital

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Grand Island Regional Hospital in Grand Island will take place on Oct. 19. The new hospital will be Grand Island’s second, and will include emergency care, surgery, labor and delivery, imaging and diagnostics, endoscopy and interventional procedures.

The 174,000-square foot-building has a budget of $110 million. HDR based out of Omaha is the architectural, engineering and consulting firm on the project, working with Chief Industries subsidiary Prataria Ventures to build the hospital. The general contractors on the project will be a joint venture of Chief Construction Co., based out of Grand Island, and Sampson Construction in Omaha. Construction is projected for completion by October 2019 with the expectation that the hospital will begin to serve patients in 2020.

The hospital will provide six emergency care rooms, five operating rooms, two cath lab and interventional radiology rooms and two endoscopy/procedure rooms. In addition, there will be a post-anesthesia care unit, a pharmacy, central sterile processing, three labor and delivery rooms, one C-section suite, two antepartum rooms and eight postpartum rooms.

The new facility will be four stories high with the capability to expand two more stories in the future. The upper floors of the building will include a mechanical floor with offices and two floors of bed units, with 32 beds on each floor. All patient rooms will be private and grouped in sets of eight with a family lounge located at each end of the patient floors.

The new building is designed with extensive natural light and will have artwork displayed throughout. Iron oxide paint, stone and wood will contribute to the colors and textures of the new facility. White walls, a wood ceiling, an aluminum curtain wall and high clerestory windows near the roofline will create the atmosphere of the lobby entrance.

Finally, the hospital will have a kitchen, dining room, community conference room and administrative suite as part of the support departments for the hospital.

Rachel Leber

Rachel Leber is a freelance writer at Emlen Media. She can be reached directly at rachel@emlenmedia.com.