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Schneck Breaks Ground on Major Expansion
January 16, 2018
Schneck Medical Center recently broke ground on a major expansion project focused on providing enhanced access to medical and specialist care—fulfilling its mission to improve the health of the communities it serves.
 
The multi-year, multi-phase expansion will be built on the northwest side of the main campus along Tipton Street and will include a five-story medical office building and a parking garage. Completion of the project is expected in 2019. Additional surgical areas will also be developed within the main hospital to better serve patients.
 
“Our last major expansion was completed in 2009 and it included our Cancer Center and a 5-story south wing.  At the time that project was completed, we anticipated that those additional facilities would meet all of our needs for at least 15 years,” said Warren Forgey, President/CEO of Schneck. “Now, just 9 years later, additional facilities are now necessary in order to improve access to health care services, as we focus on improving the health of our communities.”
 
“Over the next 3 years, we will be bringing 29 additional physicians to our community, along with additional clinical and administrative staff to support them. To provide adequate facilities for those new physicians and the additional staff, we break ground today on the largest construction project in the history of Schneck Medical Center,” Forgey added. “Mary Schneck, who in 1911 had the vision of building a community hospital and who also provided much of the original funding to construct it, would be pleased to see how much we have grown since then, and that Schneck Medical Center is recognized nationally as a provider of excellent healthcare.”
 
The additions are being made with the community in mind. In 2015, Schneck conducted a community health needs assessment, which included input from patients, community members, community leaders, and Schneck volunteers, staff, physicians, and other medical professionals. This assessment indicated access to healthcare is a barrier throughout the region with almost 40 percent of the service area experiencing difficulties or delays in receiving needed healthcare.
 
“At Schneck Medical Center, we care deeply about our patients and our communities. This project demonstrates our dedication to our mission to improve the health of our communities and our commitment to making a real, meaningful difference,” said Rick Smith, President of the Schneck Board of Trustees. “The residents in our communities are the key stakeholders that make this project possible. They have made it clear that they want and need greater access to healthcare. I am extremely pleased and proud that they have placed their confidence and trust in Schneck Medical Center, and I thank them for making Schneck their provider of choice.”
 
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