Alexandria Hospital Breaks Ground On $15M Expansion

Once completed, Douglas County Hospital will have more than 33,000 square-feet of newly created or revamped space in its surgery center.

A $15 million expansion of Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria is officially underway after groundbreaking on the project took place last Friday.
 
Douglas County Hospital said it would grow its surgery center operations, upping its number of operating rooms from six to ten once completed. Additionally, a set of eight pre- and post-op rooms will be added along with a connecting corridor from the hospital’s surgery lobby to its main corridor.
 
Contractors will also be renovating the hospital’s central sterilizing department space and creating 22 new exam rooms in its specialty clinic center.
 
Altogether, about 25,600 square-feet of space will be renovated and nearly 7,700 square-feet of space will be created.
 
This marks the second major expansion for Douglas County Hospital this decade and its second largest expansion by cost since its 1955 founding. In 2010, the hospital added four stories totaling 110,000-square-feet to its existing site. That project’s cost was approximately $32 million.
 
“We are very proud of the work that has already begun,” said Douglas County Hospital CEO Carl Vaagenes in a statement. “We are excited to be moving forward with our expansion and remodel project.”
 
Vaagenes noted the reason behind the expansion was due to increased demand of the hospital’s surgery services. Since 2012, there had been a 38 percent rise in patients visiting its endoscopy and surgical departments, he said.
 
Construction on the Douglas County Hospital expansion is expected to take 18 months.