March 16, 2017
Custer, SD – Regional Health’s $18.43 million hospital replacement building project officially kicked off October 27, 2016 with hospital leaders, city officials, community leaders and guests taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of Custer Regional Hospital and Clinic, just east of the current hospital. The 42,000 square-foot, one-story hospital and clinic will be built through a private-public funding partnership and is a part of Regional Health’s commitment to reinvest in facilities and technology to transform the future of health care in the Dakota region.
The hospital and clinic design plan includes improvement of patient flow and caregiver efficiency within a one-story facility, which will enhance the patient and family experience through larger public spaces and added privacy in patient care rooms. The flexible and functional design will allow the hospital and clinic to more easily accommodate the increased number of patient visits usually experienced during peak tourism times.
The primary goal of rebuilding the hospital and clinic on the new site is to allow room for future expansion and to enhance Regional Health’s ability to provide coordinated, personal and compassionate care.
The project is the result of collaboration between Regional Health, the City of Custer, and Custer Community Health Services, Inc. Regional Health will own the new hospital and clinic, and is committing $14.425 million to the $18.425 million project. The City of Custer will contribute up to $4 million through the continuation of capital funds.
The general contractor for the project is Scull Construction of Rapid City. BWBR, a Minneapolis-based firm with experience in health care, is the chosen architectural firm. Local subcontractors and laborers will also be used to complete the project.
The original hospital and clinic, first opened in 1962, will continue to operate throughout the construction process. Custer Area Economic Development Corporation has expressed interest in the old hospital and clinic site.