Monument Health’s $40 million project aims to improve care for mothers, babies and children

Monument Health Covid 19RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monument Health announced plans for a $40 million project to improve services for mothers, babies and children at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital for the next phase of the multi-year Rapid City Hospital expansion project.

The Monument Health Foundation also announced a fundraising campaign to help fund the construction and equipment for the Children’s Expansion. Of the $7.1 million the foundation committed to contributing, about $3.1 million has been raised and there are hopes to reach the remaining $4 million over the next year.

“This expansion is really one of Monument Health’s greatest needs,” Paulette Davidson said, president and CEO of Monument Health. “We’re excited to bring this project to life and create an environment that will serve our communities for the future.”

The building will have a completely new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), allowing NICU babies to be separated by walls instead of curtains. Also, families will have more space and privacy in the NICU along with the new postpartum care area. Davidson also explains that with advances in neonatal and pediatric medicine, Monument Health will offer more critical services for our youngest patients in Rapid City. This will allow families to receive care close to home.

Despite the project still being in early designing stages, the plans include constructing a three-story building at the northwest corner of Rapid City Hospital. Once the expansion is complete, crews will remodel the existing Children’s area of the hospital to upgrade the Pediatrics and Labor-and-Delivery areas, including a multipurpose education center. With a lack of available space, the Children’s area is being expanded and room sizes, privacy and comfort will be improved to meet modern health care standards.

 

 

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