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Sabetha Community Hospital Plans Expansion - Building a Healthy Future

With a 14% increase in services over the last three years, SCH has identified the need for additional space and updated equipment for the Emergency Department. Space has also become a challenge in the Rehabilitation Department. The building project will add additional space for physical, occupational, and speech therapy for equipment and patient care areas.

Expanding the footprint of the hospital creates opportunities for advancements in technology; provides for the increase in partnering physicians; and increases the number of patients served locally.

"It's been two decades since the last expansion," states Dr. James Longabaugh. "At that time, we couldn't foresee what our needs would be, but we have outgrown our space at the clinic and in many areas of the hospital. Our surgical changing rooms are now where the Chapel used to be. It's a changing room that is co-boarded by both males and females. We do the best we can, but long term a better solution is needed."

The current drawings from the architect utilized the 2003 structure, with a remodel, and adds a new 2-level connecting structure on the south. The expansion would allow the Sabetha Family Practice to be under the same roof as the Specialty Clinic and all ancillary services, like lab and radiology. This move would also allow the providers to respond to emergencies and critical care situations timelier.

"Enhancements will give the hospital the space to grow with the community, offering upgrades in medical technology and the space to increase services, and therefore care to our local community and the surrounding rural communities. Our goal is to be able to care for more patients here rather than send them to out-of-county or out-of-state hospitals," says SCH Board President, LaVon Wenger.

This is the Architect's interpretation of a potential entrance of a new facility.

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