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Hospital is growing

Black River Memorial Hospital is launching a $13 million expansion and renovation on its 50th year.

Black River Memorial Hospital is planning a $13 million expansion and renovation of its main building on Adams Street during its 50th year.

Groundbreaking is planned for July, with completion in 2020.

The hospital was renovated in 2007, but health care has undergone significant changes since then.

There has been a significant shift from inpatient to outpatient services, and demand for that service exceeds current capacity.

The 2016 community health needs assessment affirmed mental health and substance abuse as concerns for residents of Jackson County.

Mary Beth White-Jacobs, CEO, said, “Our mission of providing excellent service requires us to look at how we are meeting the needs of our community. We realize there are gaps in local health services and this leads to struggles for families and patients to find care. This project will improve service offerings in many areas which helps our staff, patients and the community.”

The hospital plans to make additions in surgical and specialty services, rehabilitation, outpatient services and behavioral health care.

Urgent Care will be separated from ER and have its own entrance. The cafeteria and kitchen will be renovated. There are other projects throughout the hospital that will make providing care more efficient for staff, officials said.

Matthew Streeter, CFO and project manager for the expansion, said, “We are at capacity for services we currently offer. In order to add services to meet some of the needs of our community, expansion is the next step.This project reinvests in our community and the patient.”

The facility planning began in 2014 with interviews and studies of the current building.

The hospital team identified the need for renovation or expansion. With that in mind, the senior leader team began to save for the building project as it continued to plan for the renovation.

Black River Memorial is an independent community hospital serving Jackson County.

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