Standing in the lobby of the current Carris Health - Redwood site, Bryan Lydick, hospital administrator, talked with the crowd that had gathered there about the future of regional healthcare.

That future was symbolized by a steel beam which was set up in the lobby area of the current hospital facility. That beam will be used in the new hospital building, which is currently under construction.

Those there took turns signing their names to the beam, with that piece scheduled to be lifted into place above the meditation area in the new healthcare center. 

While what is being built on the edge of the community is using steel, cement and other physical materials, Lydick said it is much more than that. The new Carris Health site is about commitment to community.

“This is a building we want to be around for the next 100 years,” said Lydick, adding this is more than just about providing healthcare – it is about the people who will be served.

Lydick said construction on the new facility has been going well, although the weather has meant delays on the work.

“We have lost approximately 30 construction days because of the weather,” said Lydick.

However, Lydick said things still seem to be on track for completion in Spring 2021.

The hope is to have the building sealed up soon to allow for work to continue inside throughout the winter, said Lydick, adding the walls continue to go up.

Carris Health - Redwood will celebrate its second anniversary of its relationship in Redwood Falls this coming January, said Lydick, adding it will have officially been fully operational in the community for one year at the start of 2020.

“Things have been going well,” said Lydick, adding work continues on the transition and the planning for the upcoming transfer to its new location in a little more than a year and a half from now.

Lydick said it is going to take some time to fully make the transition of all of the hospital amenities and staff from the current site to the new location, adding that the hospital leadership continues to work on the details of that upcoming effort.

Other improvements are also in the works, said Lydick, including an upcoming digital record keeping program known as Epic (more to follow on this program soon), as well as the effort to take over provision of emergency medical services in the Redwood area.

As construction continues, Lydick said there will be opportunities for the public to celebrate more of the milestones, and he encouraged everyone to stay tuned as that process unfolds.

The beam will remain in the hospital lobby through this coming Friday (Nov. 22), and everyone is encouraged to stop by and sign their name to be part of the community’s future.