McPherson Hospital officials report that construction for a new medical office building is now underway. Construction started early in March with the removal of several trees on the southwest corner of the hospital property. The ground is now being prepared for the foundation.
“We are so pleased to finally see progress underway for this new facility,” said hospital president and CEO Terri Gehring. “There has been so much planning and discussion so to see machinery and workers definitely brings a real sense of excitement and encouragement.”
All funds for construction of the building, which will house all hospital employed family practice physicians and surgeons, are being provided through philanthropic support. The McPherson Healthcare Foundation successfully completed the $5 million Caring for the Future campaign last spring.
“This project would not be happening without the generous support of our community,” said Amy Bower, director of development for the McPherson Healthcare Foundation. “The various associated boards of the hospital along with generous donors who realize the importance of quality healthcare for our community have made this needed expansion a reality.”
The local Mingenback Foundation pledged a total of $250,000 over five years and in the final phase of the campaign, a $750,000 challenge grant was received from the Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This helped the Foundation secure the remaining donations and pledges needed to reach their $5 million dollar goal.
Patients and guests coming to the hospital will notice some traffic congestion at the corner of Hospital Drive and Second Street due to equipment, and fewer parking spaces in the main parking lot are available to allow for necessary work on the building. “We appreciate the understanding of our patients and families as traffic and parking around the hospital has been affected by equipment and needed work space,” Gehring said. “We know this is an inconvenient part of the expansion, and while it’s obviously still too early to know for sure when we will be ready to begin using the facility, seeing work begin gives us encouragement and a renewed sense of gratitude for everyone who has contributed to the project to make it a reality.”