LOGAN – Staff and physicians of Intermountain Healthcare broke ground Wednesday on an expansion to the Budge Clinic and Logan Regional Hospital, 500 East 1400 North. The four-story expansion and remodel will add approximately 100,000 square feet to the south-west side of the health complex.
Logan Regional Hospital CEO Mike Clark said the expansion will bring 35 new physicians to the area, over the next five years.
Clark said the project also includes remodeling areas of the existing hospital.
“We will also be expanding and consolidating our rehabilitation services,” said Clark. “So all of our physical therapy, occupation therapy, pediatric rehab therapy, are kind of spread out. Our spin therapy is spread throughout the facility. We’ll bring it all together into one location and we are going to build two therapy pools as well.”
Clark said the project is expected to be completed in 2015 and is the third of four phases.
Budge Clinic Medical Director and Dr. Bartley Weiss said the expansion will help incorporate the advances of technology in twenty-first-century medicine.
“A lot of it has to do with the fact that there probably isn’t going to be paper anymore,” said Weiss. “A lot of these are going to be electronic, there is going to be computer stations. Paper is rapidly going away and so where does the doctor stand? What’s the patient flow and how is that going to work? How is the patient’s exam room going to work in relation to that flow? How do we have the most efficient use of our staff?”
The first three floors of the new building will be specifically for Budge Clinic physicians. The fourth floor will provide additional outpatient space for Logan Regional Hospital services. The project will cost $45 million.