Faith Regional Health Services announced Tuesday afternoon its plans to expand its campus' footprint with the addition of a 109,000-square-foot medical office building.

The building will be constructed south of Norfolk Avenue and Faith Regional’s west campus.  The land was purchased by the hospital for future development in 1999 and over the last three years has been part of ongoing discussions as strong recruitment efforts continue and the need for additional clinic space rises.

The new building will be a multi-specialty physician center that will allow Faith Regional to move forward with its strategic plan to organize key service lines while accommodating current services and supporting future growth and expansion as new healthcare opportunities are identified to enhance services for patients.

Development of the new building will allow Faith Regional to deliver more convenient, patient centered care and the close proximity to the West Campus provides access to a continuous patient flow, improves care delivery and will enhance the overall patient experience.

"Faith Regional is committed to providing high-quality, accessible medical care to the region," said Mark Klosterman, president and chief executive officer of Faith Regional Health Services.  "This new medical office building will enable us to offer additional services on one campus making it convenient for our patients to access the care they need."

John Dinkel, who serves as chairman of the hospital’s board of directors, said, "The Faith Regional Health Services board continues to support investments that help attract and retain top tier providers who will provide outstanding care for our patients, closer to home. This new facility will be extremely convenient for patient access."  

"The new medical office building is a big step towards offering more advanced medical services to Northeast Nebraska" said Craig Boche, president of Lutheran Community Hospital Association's board of directors. The association is the owner/sponsor of Faith Regional.

Construction is set to begin in September with an anticipated completion date of the first quarter in 2019.

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