Coon Rapids hospital planning new medical facility

Mercy Hospital is planning a four-story medical office building across the street from the hospital in Coon Rapids.

The new 120,000 square-foot building will be connected to the hospital by a skyway over Coon Rapids Boulevard.

Allina Health, of which Mercy Hospital is a part, is investing $22 million in the project that will house the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Mercy Hospital, specialty care, outpatient surgery services and obstetrics/women’s care.

The medical building site plan is scheduled to be considered by the Coon Rapids Planning Commission at its July 19 meeting; the commission’s recommendation will then go to the Coon Rapids City Council for final action.

Features of the building will include a patient drop-off entrance, ample parking, hands-free entrances, extra-wide corridors, elevators and suite entrances.

The acoustically sensitive design will maximize patient privacy, according to Jeff Peterson, interim president, Mercy Hospital.

Plans for the construction support the latest medical technology and incorporate environmentally friendly materials and systems, Peterson said.

“The plan is to break ground in October of this year and open the doors to patients in November 2013,” he said.

“This project will enable the hospital to enhance patient care and expand the services offered in our community.”

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