Great Plains Health plans to build a new, 65,000 sq. ft. primary care center north of the hospital at 1011 S. Oak St. in North Platte.

Construction will begin in early 2022 and the building is expected to be complete in the summer of 2023.

The $30-million, two-story facility will contain 53 exam rooms and be the new home of clinics for family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine.

It will be a patient-centered primary care center that maximizes space, improves patient flow and provides room for GPHealth primary care services to expand further, the announcement said.

GPHealth Chief Executive Officer Mel McNea said the new care center will enable a more collaborative process between providers, which ultimately helps meet the patients’ needs.

“Creating an exceptional experience for our patients through quality care is our top priority at GPHealth. This center is another way that we are putting our patients first,” McNea said.

McNea said the center will be more convenient for patients. Even expanded patient parking is in the plans.

General Surgeon Dr. Michael Simonson, the chief of staff at GPHhealth, said the hospital has recruited additional primary care providers and does not have the space that they need to practice.

“The need for this new space is not only for future growth, but to better accommodate our current providers in our primary care clinics,” Simonson said. “The primary care center will give the space we need now and in the future.”

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the site, which is just north of the Great Plains Health Imaging Center, which is north of the hospital’s tower.

The new clinic will be the second construction project for Great Plains Health this year. In July, remodeling began on the original hospital building in North Platte, which was built in 1975.

Much of the older building, now called the GPHEast tower, will begin a new life as a neurosurgery clinic in a $6.2 million renovation, GPH spokeswoman Megan McGown said at the time.

Great Plains Health also acquired two independent clinics this year – Urgent Care in North Platte and Sandhills Family Medicine Clinic in Mullen — and brought them into the GPH company.

Also, GPH donated $100,000 in February to Mid-Plains Community College for an expansion of the college’s Health and Science education building.

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