DUBUQUE, Iowa — It’s the beginning of big change for Unity Point-Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Crews broke ground Wednesday on a new Cardiac, Surgery and Emergency Center. It’s a $42 Million expansion project happening along Grandview Avenue.
For the six hundred people who work there, space inside is at a premium.
Rose Metcalf, R.N. said, “We’ve had remodels in the Operating Room off and on but we’re in dire need of a new one. “
Administrators say they will get more space along with new equipment and technology. It’s something they hope helps recruit new doctors to Dubuque.
Hospital C.E.O David Brandon said, “This is an opportunity for us to attract those specialists in cardiology care and in emergency care, who wouldn’t necessarily come to Finley Hospital or Dubuque without the type of technology that we’re bringing with that project. “
But that kind of progress, also comes with a little bit of pain. To make room for the expansion, crews will soon tear down the historic, Siegert Funeral Home.
That’s bittersweet for people who live nearby.
Gene Scholtes said, “You hate to see a beautiful building like that coming down. But it’s progress I guess. “
Brandon said, “Anything that was of historic value inside the facility was captured. It was taken out of the building and reutilized in other locations. “
Crews will start tearing down the old funeral home in the next couple of weeks.
Brandon says the new building will been done by late next year.
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