CANDO, ND – A new health care facility in Cando will provide hospital, clinical and nursing care under one roof. The 76,000 square foot facility will replace the current Towner County Medical Center, which houses the hospital and clinic, and Towner County Life Center, a retirement home and basic care facility.
“This new facility will provide decades upon decades of health care to communities in Towner County as well as communities outside of this county as our service area has continued to expand year after year,” said said Ben Bucher, CEO of Towner County Medical Center.
Towner County Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility on Friday, September 16.
The new facility will have 30 specialist nursing beds, five basic care beds and eight hospitalization rooms. Two of the hospitalization rooms will be specifically intended for isolation in the event of airborne diseases. Services offered in the new hospital and nursing home will include emergency care, diagnostic imaging, physiotherapy, laboratory work and day surgery.
Currently, Towner County Medical Center and Towner County Life Center are located across town and date from the 1950s.
“Currently, nursing home residents must be transported to and from the clinic, emergency room and hospital for their health care needs,” Bucher said. “In February, it’s not a pleasant experience.”
In the new facility, these residents will be able to walk through the building to the hospital and clinic.
Health care has shifted from inpatient care to focus on preventative care, Bucher says, and the new medical center will allow Cando staff to meet that demand.
“We fully embrace this challenge and this new facility will focus more on outpatient wellness than inpatient care of sick patients,” Bucher said. “We will still provide hospital care when needed, but our goal is to prevent you from needing hospital care by keeping you well.”
In May, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, RN.D. announced that the United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development had approved a $10.9 million loan guarantee for the project. At the groundbreaking, Cramer praised the community for supporting the project.
“I am inspired by the Towner County community for coming together to not only provide access to quality health care, but also to invest in its future,” Cramer said. “This new medical center will lead to a better quality and higher volume of life for the surrounding area while contributing to the general standard of living, as this facility will attract well-paying jobs and employers.”
The new facility will be where the North Star Public School athletics facility is currently located, just south of the current Towner County Medical Center. The sports facility will be demolished as part of the project and a new track will be built for the school district.