Oil fu­els N.D. health­care boom

Oil-patch towns see­ing spike in clinic, med­i­cal build­ing con­struc­tion

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - An­dis Robeznieks

North Dakota’s oil boom is lead­ing to a cor­re­spond­ing health­care build­ing boom. In the town of Dickinson, health­care sys­tems started con­struc­tion on a new clinic and med­i­cal of­fice build­ing, and one of the sys­tems is on the verge of re­plac­ing its ex­ist­ing 25-bed hospi­tal with a new fa­cil­ity.

The U.S. Cen­sus Bureau calls Dickinson the na­tion’s fourth fastest-grow­ing “mi­crop­oli­tan” com­mu­nity, de­fined as ar­eas with an ur­ban core of at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000 peo­ple. Two other oil patch boom towns, Wil­lis­ton and Minot, are the first and eighth on the fastest-grow­ing list.

The 2010 U.S. Cen­sus lists the city of Dickinson’s pop­u­la­tion at al­most 17,800. Ac­cord- ing to the Op­p­i­dan In­vest­ment Co., a Twin Cities-based prop­erty devel­op­ment firm do­ing heavy busi­ness in North Dakota, the city’s pop­u­la­tion is ex­pected to top 40,000 in 10 years. Ac­cord­ing to a report on the Fed­eral Re­serve Bank of Min­neapo­lis web­site, the Bakken oil field of North Dakota and Mon­tana pro­duced 21.1 mil­lion bar­rels of oil this past Septem­ber—an in­crease of 60% from the pre­vi­ous year.

The num­ber of work­ers in North Dakota’s oil fields has more than quin­tu­pled, grow­ing to 35,000 in 2012 from 4,500 in 2005. In its cur­rent bi­en­nium bud­get, the North Dakota Land Board has awarded $124 mil­lion to help the state’s small towns ad­just to fast growth, with the money used to widen roads, en­hance emer­gency ser­vices and help schools fac­ing rapid in­creases in en­roll­ment. Health­care sys­tems are also ad­just­ing. San­ford Health broke ground Dec. 16 on the new $20 mil­lion Dickinson Clinic. The fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be com­pleted in the sum­mer of 2014, with room for 20 physi­cians prac­tic­ing fam­ily medicine, in­ter­nal medicine, pe­di­atrics, obstetrics, gyne­col­ogy and gen­eral surgery. There will be a walk-in clinic am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter, in­fu­sion treat­ments for can­cer pa­tients and space for mo­bile di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing equip­ment, ac­cord­ing to a San­ford news re­lease.

Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives’ St. Joseph’s Hospi­tal and Health Cen­ter, mean­while, broke ground Jan. 2 for a 77,000-square-foot med­i­cal of­fice build­ing that will have space for 40 doc­tors. The fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be com­pleted this fall. CHI also plans to start con­struc­tion this spring on a new 105,000square-foot re­place­ment hospi­tal ex­pected to open in the fall of 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from North Dakota Gov. Jack Dal­rym­ple, the hospi­tal will con­tain 16 emer­gency rooms, space for 25 acute-care pa­tients, a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter, ur­gent-care clinic, phar­macy, or­tho­pe­dic clin­i­cal ser­vices and an am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter. The hospi­tal and the med­i­cal of­fice build­ing will be con­nected and are on a cam­pus of ap­prox­i­mately 40 acres. The es­ti­mated cost of the hospi­tal and MOB project is be­tween $90 mil­lion and $100 mil­lion. St. Joseph’s drew a $1 mil­lion pledge from Marathon Oil Co. in its drive to raise $15 mil­lion to­ward the project.

San­ford Health broke ground last month on a clinic in Dickinson, N.D., to meet the needs of a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion driven by the oil boom.

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