Breaking ground: Work to begin to build new Jamestown clinicTuesday marked a big step for the Jamestown medical community as a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the new Jamestown Medical Building. Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen joined representatives from Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Essentia Health and The Davis Real Estate Group to dig their shovels into the soil where the 46,000-square-foot building will be constructed.
Tuesday marked a big step for the Jamestown medical community as a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the new Jamestown Medical Building.
Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen joined representatives from Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Essentia Health and The Davis Real Estate Group to dig their shovels into the soil where the 46,000-square-foot building will be constructed.
“This is a symbol of growth and vitality in our area, as we hope this interstate location will help serve many people and maximize our community’s services,” Andersen said.
The building will be built adjacent to the hospital’s west end, with Essentia and JRMC each occupying 20,500 square feet that they will lease from the Minneapolis-based Davis Group.
The Davis Group is working in partnership with Minot-based IRET Properties, which also owns and operates the Buffalo Mall and Jamestown Business Center.
“We believe this state-of-the-art facility will play an integral role in helping Essentia Health and JRMC provide excellent medical services to the region,” said Justin Fisk, director of marketing and communications with IRET.
The new Essentia Health Clinic, expected to open in January, will partner with the JRMC. Its facilities will be connected by a hallway.
The plans for the remaining 4,000 square feet have yet to be finalized, but The Davis Group has plans to expand the tenants to include additional clinics, a pharmacy and other health care services.
“We’ve been trying to work on this for about the last two years, having debated putting this building downtown or out here near the interstate,” said Scott Rowe, clinical chair for the Jamestown/Valley City divisions of Essentia Health.
“We think out here will allow us to create a true medical campus and we look forward to working collaboratively with the hospital on this building,” he said.
It was more than two years ago when a similar groundbreaking ceremony for the JRMC was held on a chilly Veterans Day, said Harvey Huber, executive committee member of the JRMC Board of Directors.
“That was the first phase — and with the second phase breaking ground today, we mark an important step here for this community,” he said.
The theme of Tuesday’s ceremony was collaboration between the Essentia and JRMC clinics.
“We look forward to having Essentia physicians join JRMC physicians here in the next few months,” Huber said.
The new building is designed to help Essentia and JRMC from duplicating services that patients could simply get at one universal location, Rowe said.
JRMC’s clinic will house its orthopedics wing, led by board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Dean. Its clinic will also house Dr. Eugene Mead, obstetrician/gynecologist and Dr. Manuel Harris, podiatrist.
Essentia’s clinic will allow it to offer more services and more appointments with local doctors and visiting specialists, said Laura Hovland, the clinic’s manager, in a recent press release.
Essentia is investing an estimated $900,000 in new equipment, technology and furnishings.
The Jamestown Medical Building is tentatively scheduled to open in January adjacent to Jamestown Regional Medical Center near the intersection of Interstate 94 and U.S. Highways 281 and 52.
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