Major Expansion Coming to a Head for Parkview Hospital

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM EDT

Parkview Hospital's plans to transfer operations to its north campus will take a big step forward next week.

Parkview will be submitting an amended development plan to the county plan commission on May 8th, which would clear the way for a huge expansion on the site.

900-thousand additional square feet are involved, which would more than double the existing space.

The plan is to build a nine-story full service hospital with beds and emergency room care.

Plus, a new heart institute will be constructed next to the interstate.

It's a 490-million dollar investment in the new campus.

Sue Ehinger/Parkview COO: " Where you can go to one campus, get out of your car and have all the services you need, really saves a lot of time and efficiency, especially if you're the patient wanting to know a diagnosis. It all can occur right there."

Assuming all approvals are obtained, construction would start this fall, with opening to the public in late 2011.

The move will almost certainly diminish the importance of Parkview’s Randallia Drive campus.

But Parkview administrators insist there will still be an emergency room and hospital beds there.

They say it won't close down like the old Lutheran Hospital on Fairfield.

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