Monument Health breaks ground on Spearfish Hospital expansion

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Monument Health held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Spearfish Hospital. The expansion is anticipated to be a three-year project that will equip Spearfish Hospital to better accommodate the growing demand for healthcare services in the northern Black Hills area and Spearfish community, according to Thomas Worsley, president of Spearfish Hospital and Hills Markets.

The hospital expansion is one of two major projects Monument Health announced in May 2022. In addition to expanding Spearfish Hospital, Monument Health will build a new multispecialty clinic off Interstate 90 Exit 17 near the Elkhorn Ridge neighborhood at the eastern edge of Spearfish. Together, the projects will cost $80 million. The Monument Health Foundation has committed to contributing $6 million toward the Spearfish projects.

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“With population growth, medical advances and the growing need for specialty care in the Spearfish area, the time has come for a health care transformation in the Northern Hills,” said Paulette Davidson, President and CEO of Monument Health. “This community deserves nothing less.”

Results of the Spearfish Hospital expansion by Monument Health

The expansion project will nearly double the size of the existing hospital. Additionally, it will include up to eight operating rooms, endoscopic procedure rooms, 15 medical-surgical patient rooms and two intensive care unit rooms.

“We’re going to continue to provide care. We’re not stopping care at any of our locations. We have a plan to work through construction and continue to care for our community,” Worsley said. “There will be some parking constraints, but the end result is we’ll have more parking.”

The first phase of construction should be completed by Dec. 1, Worsley said. The first phase, called the enabling phase, will reroute utilities such as gas and sewer lines underneath the hospital’s north parking lot. Construction on the rest of the hospital building should begin in mid-2024.

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