Trinity Health announced Monday it has purchased land in southwest Minot to serve as a potential site for a new hospital and medical park.
The 50-acre plot was purchased from Dakota Acres Property and is located a few hundred yards west of the Minot Family YMCA along 37th Avenue Southwest.
"There was a major emphasis to do it now, so we could acquire a large chunk of land," said Terry Hoff, CEO of Trinity Health.
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Trinity Health announced the purchase of a plot of land west of the Minot Family YMCA Monday.
The new property was purchased in anticipation of changing health care needs in the community. A consolidated facility would mean greater efficiency for Trinity, which now operates on different campuses around town. Currently, Hoff noted, there is not as much room for expansion in the downtown locations.
Parking is one concern at the downtown campuses as well. If a new medical park were to be built, parking would be more efficient for patients, visitors, and employees, Hoff added.
The land was selected by a site selection committee appointed by Trinity's board of directors. The board noted changes in population growth, aging plant facilities and changing technology and care delivery requirements when making the decision to purchase the land. The plot was chosen from several potential sites and was considered the best alternative among available properties.
The site selection committee also sought input from community civic and business leaders, noting where streets were likely to be built, and the availability of a redundant water and electrical supply.
Trinity's plans for building a new medical park are still far off. Hoff estimated that a new park would not be under construction for at least seven to 10 years, with financial variables also coming into play. In the meantime, Trinity will continue to update its current facilities.
"None of this is going to happen in the near future. We'll do more renovating and expansion in our existing facilities," Hoff said.