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    14 May

    New Medical Office Building Coming to Council Bluffs

    COUNCIL BLUFFS – Offering western Iowa families more health care options, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital has announced plans to build a 60,000 square foot medical office building on their campus.

    The new building will become home to primary care physicians, women’s services, and urgent care services.

    Cost of the three-story building, bound by Ridge, Kanesville and East Pierce Streets, will total $16 million.

    “This is very exciting for our community,” said Steve Baumert, president and CEO, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. “For more than 130 years, families have trusted Jennie Edmundson for the birth of their child to a loved one’s last days and everything in between. We value that relationship and people’s trust in us. This project demonstrates our commitment to and investment in improved community health for generations to come.”

    The first floor of the medical office building will become home to approximately 15 Methodist Physicians Clinic primary care providers. It will also include an imaging suite as well as a new Urgent Care with easy access and extended hours.

    “Growth and access to the primary care physicians serving the area is a key component of this new building,” said Todd Grages, president and CEO, Methodist Physicians Clinic. “Our goal is to increase physician availability for everyone in need of a primary care provider.”

    Another important aspect to the new medical office building is focused on women’s health care.

    “Methodist Health System is dedicated to extending our women’s services to a broader audience throughout western Iowa,” said Steve Goeser, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. “One floor of the new building will be a hub for women’s services and include a larger OB/GYN practice as well as space for specialty practices like maternal-fetal medicine and urogynecology. This will allow Methodist Jennie Edmundson to serve as the health system’s eastern edge for women’s services, something we are extremely excited about.”

    Use of the third floor is yet to be determined, but will be finished to accommodate additional anticipated growth.

    “Jennie Edmundson and Methodist Physicians Clinic have experienced tremendous growth in recent years and currently have no room for expansion,” said Dr. Dan Kinney, chairman, Jennie Edmundson Board of Directors. “This new, state-of-the art facility will allow for more residents to get the health care they need in a timely fashion. As a unified board, we could not be more enthusiastic to share this with our community.”

    Before construction on the medical office building begins this month, a new employee parking lot will be built. The new lot, which will be located closer to the hospital entrances, is expected to be completed early fall of 2018.

    “The Methodist name is synonymous with being the area leader in women’s health,” Baumert said. “For the Jennie campus to be Methodist’s eastern gateway for women’s services and by increasing the number of our primary care physicians, we’re confident we will continue to position ourselves as the premier health care provider in Council Bluffs and western Iowa.”

    Construction of the medical office building will begin late 2018, with completion anticipated by the first quarter of 2020.