Monument Health holds groundbreaking for new Specialty Hospital

Through a partnership between Monument and Vibra Healthcare, the specialty hospital will serve patients with acute medical rehab and long-term care needs.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A new Specialty Hospital is coming to Monument Health in Rapid City.

On Thursday, Monument Health held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rehabilitation and Critical Care Hospital that will be located where the Ranch Amusement Park use to be.

Through a partnership between Monument and Vibra Healthcare, the specialty hospital will serve patients with acute medical rehab and long-term care needs.

Monument officials say that the hospital’s ability to serve these patients, will help those who are traveling hundreds of miles to receive the care they need.

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“These type of settings will allow the focus to be on their type of an injury or their type of an illness from a skill set of the staff skill set of the physicians and provides something that we haven’t been able to provide here to that level,” said Mark Longacre, the Vice President of Operations for Monument Health in Rapid City.

The Rehabilitation and Critical Care Hospital will cost roughly $25 million and will be about five times larger than the present facility. It will also bring 36 rehabilitation beds instead of 20 and 18 long-term acute care beds.

Longacre says that Vibra’s experience in building these facilities makes this a great partnership to bring a building to the community that will bring on 200 workers to start.

“We’re bringing another population base that’s coming from potentially around the country, hopefully some locally as well, and so we’re going to see that increase and of course that is going to continue to create tremendous opportunities within the rest of the community,” Longacre said.

The project will take between 16 and 24 months to complete depending on weather and access to building materials.

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