Sioux Center Health seeks to break ground on an expansion of two of its facilities this year.
CEO Cory Nelson shared with the Sioux Center City Council at its regular meeting Jan. 7, that adding on to Crown Pointe and Royale Meadows is just the beginning of the hospital’s master plan.
“One of the first things the board tasked me with when I started as CEO was to really start looking at the master plan for the entire Sioux Center Health — where we were going to be business-wise and organization-wise over the next five, 10, 15 years,” Nelson said.
A building committee was again formed and created some short-term and long-term goals for Sioux Center Health’s services.
“We looked at our needs and where our service areas were lacking,” Nelson said. “One of those areas that we’re seeing an immediate need in the Sioux Center area is our senior care services. We routinely have a lot of individuals on our waiting list for both our assisted living and nursing home.”
“One of the main things we wanted to do is that we didn’t end up in a land-locked situation like the old hospital,” Nelson continued. “We wanted to get this out in front of you because it goes on to some land that’s currently in ownership of the city. We hope it shows the forward thinking for some areas under development.”
Nelson said the design presented to the council is just conceptual as land has not yet been purchased for some of the projects.
“The shape and layout of buildings will change,” Nelson said. “We are simply providing an initial visual for people to start thinking about as we move down this road. Over the next year and next five years things will become much more refined as we move through the stages of the projects.”
Nelson said the entire master plan may end up being three to five stages.
The first stage, which the hospital seeks to begin construction on soon, is a 40-bed expansion onto the north wing of Crown Pointe, 16 units of which would be for memory care specifically.
“We hope to have this shovel ready in 2019,” Nelson said.
Phase two, noted on the master plan as “senior care units,” would be a nursing home addition  that would have 20-bed units. The hospital seeks to break ground on this in 2020-21.
“We have 10-12 people on our nursing home waiting list,” Nelson said. “We know when people leave our community for another nursing home, the odds of them coming back are lower so we want to make sure we’re caring for those in Sioux Center and the surrounding area and those who want to be in Sioux Center.”
In the next five years Sioux Center Health also seeks to add on to the medical clinic portion of its main facility at 1101 Ninth St SE.
“We’re full,” Nelson said. “We added two more positions this fall. Their case loads are full. We’re looking at adding more providers this year too to meet the needs of the community.”
Other future pieces of Sioux Center Health’s master plan includes expanding the patient care wing of the main facility as well as organizing three unique developments.
Nelson said east of the hospital’s main campus could be a future retail area.
“We’re looking at moving our occupational health and home health services back to campus, but we also wanted to create a development out there that creates a medical hub for the community,” Nelson said. “We’re thinking opportunities, whether it be dental, chiropractic, eye care, all more medical related so as our community continues to grow, as people are looking for space, we’re able to provide that kind of a collaborative use.”
A final piece to the master plan is creating two locations, one west of Sioux Center Health’s main facility and one east of Crown Pointe for independent living duplexes.
“One area that we know that’s changing with health care is that people want to be as independent as they can for as long as they can,” Nelson said. “We’re looking to meet that need by developing some duplexes where individuals who may need a little extra care but not big care can have a place to be.”
Such residential complexes may include a few amenities like concierge services and some housekeeping but not to the full extent of assisted living, Nelson explained.
“We just know with the growth of our community and what we’re seeing in the growth of our patient access in our facilities that these needs are going to develop faster than we would be ready for if we don’t have a master plan like this in place,” Nelson said. “This is the basics of what we’re looking at right now.”
Sioux Center Health board member Dale Vander Berg also shared a comment.
“In Sioux Center we have a lot of people that keep moving in who are in that 55 or older range,” he said. “They’re coming from a smaller community or off the farm or moving here because their kids are here. That’s adding more people to our potential customer base that you normally don’t have. When we start looking at our numbers, it seems like we’re behind. We stalled out as we built the new hospital and went through a new CEO transition. Now we’ve got to continue to move forward.”
Sioux Center Health board member Tim Byl said the organization keeps hearing from the community that they want the hospital involved in senior care to have that continuum of care.
“We hope this shows we’re listening to the community,” he said. “I believe we’re putting together a plan that will help us grow.”
The master plan also includes replacing Franken Manor with a new facility just southeast of Crown Pointe.
“We know that building on Highway 75 is aging; we know we need to replace it down the road,” Nelson said. “For us, rather than remodeling that building on that site, it would make more sense to bring it closer to our other services.”
Though the board has a fear of being landlocked, Nelson said one reason for having some of the facilities closer together is “simply for economy of scale.”
“It’s a lot easier to have one kitchen making food serving it out to all these areas than to build three to four different kitchens or do what we do now in some situations cook it in one place, load it on a truck and move it to another place,” he said. “We’re trying to take it all into consideration.”
The city council took no action, just heard the update to help it consider land use possibilities in the future.
“I think this is a great idea,” said council member Dale Den Herder.