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  • Redwood Area Hospital plans major off-site expansion

  • If things go as planned, the Redwood Area Hospital (RAH) will do a major expansion in the next few months — but don’t look for it to happen on the hospital’s main site....
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  • If things go as planned, the Redwood Area Hospital (RAH) will do a major expansion in the next few months. But don’t look for it to happen on the hospital’s main site. Instead, the hospital’s new facility will be built a few blocks away, facing Highway 19/71. At Tuesday’s Redwood Falls City Council meeting, the councilors approved allowing the hospital to enter into a lease agreement with Redwood Industries for a new 8,000 square foot building to be constructed at 1104 E. Bridge Street, the old Firestone dealership. In a letter to the council, RAH CEO Brian Lydick stated the expansion is being driven by a need for more space in three departments: kidney dialysis, Adult Daycare, and Homecare / Hospice. The lease agreement approved by the council Tuesday includes the following details: • Redwood Industries will construct the building. • RAH will lease the entire space at $14 per square foot for 10 years with renewal options, and the option to eventually purchase the building. • Approximately half the building will be subleased to Davita, the firm which partners with the hospital to provide kidney dialysis. In addition, the Homecare / Hospice offices would be relocated to the new facility. The current refurbished home being used as office space would be repurposed back into being a usable home. The Adult Daycare program would be relocated to the new E. Bridge St. facility. The space it currently uses at the hospital is being looked at as a possible orthopaedic and fracture clinic. Lydick stated that, with council approval, demolition of the old Firestone facility could begin before the end of July, with the basic shell of the new building being completed within another 90 days. In other city news, the council: • Approved awarding the 2014 Eastwood Drive Improvements plan to Schmidt Construction in the amount of $556,809. The project consists of the intersection of Highways 19/71 across from CSAH 101 (the North Redwood road), to 410 feet south from the highway. Funding for the project will be provided in part by the Municipal State Aid program. • Approved the city of Redwood Falls joining the Minnesota Water Agency Response Network (MnWARN). Ironically, the council was considering joining MnWARN as the city was hit by five inches of flooding in one night, and the resulting floods. MnWARN is a mutual aid agreement for cities, providing a united response program for water, wastewater, and storm water utilities sustaining physical damage from natural disasters. • Approved the 2015-2019 Maintenance / Service Agreement for the RACC civic arena with Rink Tec. The base price for this year is $5,961, with the amounts increasing in following years by four percent.
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