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Hospital Breaks Ground in Watford City

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McKenzie County Health Care Systems in partnership with USDA Rural Development broke ground today on a new medical campus in Watford City. This project has been in the making for a long time

"Now, with the growth and the ability to leverage sales tax funds, we have the ability to finance the hospital that’s needed. And with the growth, it is actually good that we waited till now to size this thing the right way," says Brent Sanford the mayor of Watford City.

"It has been a long walk to get to this place, yet it seems like a very short walk. The board of trustees determined that we needed to have a health care system that was locally owned and operated but that we needed help. So, with the collaboration of several partners, not only in the oil industry, but in the city, the community, the county, we really got that collaboration,” says Patsy Levang the chairman of the McKenzie County Healthcare Board.

Watford City has been in desperate need for a new medical facility for many years.

"We've seen ourselves grown from a community of roughly 1,500 to a community that we predict to be at about 10,000-12,000 today. So, our emergency room is overwhelmed, our clinic is overwhelmed. We definitely need this new facility to help afford us the opportunity to provide the proper health care to the population that we serve," says CEO of McKenzie County Healthcare Daniel Kelly.

"We are not going to have to go the two plus hours to get to the medical help we need when there's something that goes beyond just the run of the mill, day to day routine," says Levang.

The project will construct a 120,000 foot building that will combine the hospital, clinic and a long term care facility into one central location. The hospital will expand outpatient capacity and will increase from one to eight emergency room bays.

 

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