- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Architects are designing a new 208-bed hospital in Minot, which will encompass half a million square feet on 72 acres of land in the southern part of the city.

Trinity Health operates the only hospital in the state’s fourth-largest city and is planning the new facility. Officials announced Thursday that Trinity is no longer negotiating to become part of Montana-based Billings Clinic RegionalCare, but that planning for the new medical campus will proceed.

“Trinity Health is fortunate to be in a position of financial and clinical strength, so we can take the time necessary to ensure our strategic goals and objectives are achieved,” Trinity Health board chairman Pat Holien said in a statement.

The Indiana-based architecture company TEG is developing the hospital and expects to have the initial design finished early next year. Officials provided a glimpse this week of what they envision, the Minot Daily News and KXMC-TV reported. Elements include a vertical design with more patient-friendly rooms and a separation of staff and visitor traffic, increasing efficiency for workers and providing a calmer environment for visitors.

“We are really thinking we have a facility here that’s going to serve this region of North Dakota for many years to come,” TEG President R. Wayne Estopinal said. “The goal is not only to provide better care but also provide better outcomes, provide more services to the community and certainly make Trinity a workplace of choice.”

Site preparation could begin next year, with the hospital opening in 2019, according to Trinity Vice President Randy Schwan.

The existing hospital was built in 1922. It was designed for up to 20 departments but now has about 40 departments and specialty areas.

“Some of the emergency departments, surgical, OB are under a lot of pressure,” Estopinal said. “We have an existing campus that has grown by many lumps and bumps for many years, and they grew the best they could. With the opportunity to go to a green field site - basically a blank sheet of paper - those are the really cool elements of this project.”

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