CIH hosts local Rotarians at new outpatient center

Central Iowa Health Care (formerly Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center) rolled out the red carpet Tuesday for the Marshalltown Rotary Club at its new $35 million outpatient center across from Marshalltown Community College.

While construction workers went about their jobs inside and out, Rotarians were treated to lunch and small group tours of the two-story state of the art facility tentatively scheduled to open in mid-August.

From sterile processing prep to ultra sound to diagnostic imaging, CIH medical professionals proudly showed off and explained department functions as new stainless steel and glass glistened like diamonds.

A group of Rotarians listened intently as Wound Care Center Medical Director Dr. Milt Van Gundy of Marshalltown explained hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

It helps the body’s oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms function more efficiently.

“About 90 percent of our patient population will utilize this area (wound clinic)” said Van Gundy. “About 10 percent is expected to be a potential candidate for hyperbaric. The hyperbaric chambers are big plexiglass things … one can sit in there and watch television … there is an intercom system where you can talk to a technician outside. Typical treatments are 90 minutes long.”

The outpatient center is phase one of a two-phase comprehensive plan to provide quality healthcare to Central Iowans now and well into the future.

It will relocate urgent care, surgery (outpatient only), imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation and a lab from the current hospital downtown.

Phase two – at a yet undetermined date – will relocate the emergency room, support services, the cauterization lab, patient units and a medical office building.

When the first patient walks through the phase one outpatient clinic, 479 tons of steel, 135,000 feet of electrical conduit, 26,000 feet of health care grade metal clad electrical cable, 29,000 feet of piping – including plumbing, chilled, heating and medical gas – and 200,000 feet of cat 6 data cable will have been installed.

Hoefer Wysocki Architects of Kansas City, McCownGordon Construction of Kansas City and Austin Builders of Des Moines had major responsibilities on the mammoth project.

However, Marshalltown, Marshall County and Iowa businesses have contributed a lot to date.

“Our representatives have done a nice job subcontracting as much work as possible locally,” CEO John Hughes told the Times-Republican in March. “We have had about 168 employees, with a $4.5 million dollar payroll. I think it is important that people know that they have subcontracted as aggressively as they can.”

Hughes said CIH made it a priority early on to use local companies when possible.

Marshalltown businesses, and others from Albion, Ankeny Des Moines, Melbourne, and Urbandale contributed to the project. Hughes announced plans for the facility Nov. 15, 2013.

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