Northwood Deaconess Health Center (NDHC) has started construction on a 1,500-square-foot expansion and remodel of its Larimore (ND) Clinic.
The $1.2 million project will double NDHC’s footprint to support the addition of a second medical provider to serve the community and enhancements to lab services offered onsite at the clinic.
“We are excited to be reinvesting and expanding the primary care services we can offer there,” said Clinic Manager Tina Schwartz. A clinic expansion, she said, was identified as a need before the COVID-19 pandemic and became an even greater priority to accommodate increased safety measures. Approximately 160 patients, on average, receive services at the clinic each month.
“The Larimore community has always embraced NDHC and is part of who we are,” said Schwartz. The independent nonprofit healthcare center is owned by churches throughout its service area, including Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Larimore Rural Parish.
Along with the new addition, the NDHC building on Towner Avenue will receive a facelift with new siding, windows and doors, a handicap accessible entry, and an additional bathroom will be added. The waiting room and lab areas will be expanded and remodeled as part of the project as well.
Schwartz said approximately half the project is being funded through federal COVID relief funds and grants from the Grand Forks County Commission and ND Department of Health.
Construction, which started in June and is expected to be completed in early 2023, may periodically impact the clinic’s hours of operation. “We know there will be impacts but through a phased construction, hope to minimize them. We will provide notices through NDHC’s social media, it’s website and local media,” Schwartz said.
NDHC provides comprehensive healthcare services through its clinics in Northwood, Larimore and Binford and through its hospital, long-term care center and rehab/therapy unit. NDHC is independently owned and operated, serving northeast North Dakota communities since 1902.