St. Alexius plans Minot medical plaza

There are exciting things happening in the growing Minot area and there will be a medical addition to North Hill.

St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck announced at a news conference Tuesday at the Hyatt House in northwest Minot its decision to build a new state-of-the-art 67,575-square-foot medical plaza. The site for the facility will be at the intersection of Landmark Circle and 21st Avenue Northwest near the U.S. Highway 83 Bypass.

According to Gary P. Miller, president and CEO of St. Alexius, the time is right to expand the presence of St. Alexius in Minot.

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

St. Alexius opened a specialty clinic in the Arrowhead Shopping Center in Minot in 2006, Miller said, and then in 2009 bought a piece of property with the intent to expand their presence. Additionally, St. Alexius bought the former Sykes building in north Minot as well as some property near it, he added. However, when the Souris River flooded the city in 2011, that changed a lot of things for St. Alexius and their plans. The specialty clinic that was located at the Arrowhead location was flooded, so the clinic was relocated to the former Sykes building, Miller continued, but it wasn’t what the clinic had planned to have happen. The new facility will take the place of the Sykes location.

Sister Nancy Miller, president of St. Alexius’ board of directors, said the new medical plaza will be a two-story facility that will feature 40 primary care and 20 specialty care exam rooms, as well as plans for a same day surgery center. “In addition, the plaza will provide imaging (diagnostic radiology, MRIs, CTs, ultrasound, mammography and Dexa Scan), physician therapy and laboratory services,” she added. For the convenience of patients, the plaza will also contain a retail pharmacy.

The St. Alexius medical plaza in Minot is planning to have 24 physicians on staff with specialists from Bismarck coming in as needed, said Kurt Waldbillig, St. Alexius vice president of Physician Services. There will be 60 to 65 total staff members at the facility, which includes physicians, nurses, and all other support staff.

The plans for the facility include to have no waiting rooms and to instead have it set up so that patients can go right into the exam room, said Waldbillig. This would offer an efficient, fast turn around of time the patient spends at the visit, he added.

“We’re not ruling out that a full hospital won’t be an option,” Miller said, when asked if there would eventually be a complete hospital like Trinity. “Health care is moving toward home care. We’re trying to keep people from going into the hospital.”

The cost for the new building is estimated at $19 million. Construction is slated to start in mid-June of this year. The projected opening of the medical plaza is the summer of 2015.