- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck has unveiled plans for a $19 million facility in Minot.

The two-story, 67,000-square-foot Minot medical plaza will have 40 rooms for primary care, 20 rooms for specialty care and room for expansion into same-day surgeries. Services initially will include MRIs, CT scans, mammographies, and lab and pharmacy services.

“Increasing demands for our services compelled us to move forward with our plans,” St. Alexius CEO Gary Miller said. “This is the next step in providing service to the community.”

St. Alexius opened a specialty clinic in a Minot shopping mall in 2006. It was moved to a former call center in 2011 after the Souris River flooded a large portion of Minot, including the mall.

The new medical plaza will take the place of the current clinic. It will be hiring up to 65 staff members, including doctors, nurses and support staff. Construction is scheduled to begin next month, with the facility opening in summer 2015.

Miller said St. Alexius is not ruling out building a full hospital in Minot - where Trinity Health is the lone hospital - though he also said “health care is moving toward home care. We’re trying to keep people from going into the hospital.”

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