Jones Regional Medical Center Plans $11 Million Expansion

By Chelsea Keenan, Reporter

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ANAMOSA, Iowa - UnityPoint Health-Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa will undergo an $11 million expansion, adding space to its emergency department, specialty clinics, rehabilitation area, laboratory and pharmacy.

The 22-bed critical access hospital at the intersection of Highways 151 and 64 was built in 2009 and has seen unexpected growth across the board. The number of patients the medical center sees each year has increased from 42,000 in 2008 to 57,000 in 2012, said Sheila Tjaden, director of public relations and foundation at the center.

"We are seeing an increase in our emergency department, our therapy department — physical, occupational and speech — radiology and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation," she said.

Emergency department visits are up nearly 30 percent, ambulatory surgery and endoscopy procedures have increased by 84 percent, physical, occupational and speech therapy visits saw an increase of nearly 60 percent, and cardiac and pulmonary rehab have nearly doubled and total outpatient visits grew by more than 35 percent, according to the medical center's website.

Ther medical center, which has about 175 employees, will also add more staff, Tjaden said.

The project, slated to break ground in late summer or early fall in 2014, will renovate about 10,000 square feet of existing space and add an additional 20,000 square feet to accommodate the growth and healthcare needs of the area.

To date, more than $200,000 in private donations and pledges have been secured in the effort to raise funds for the project. The campaign now enters the public phase to raise the remaining funds.

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