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Extraordinary Visions

An Extraordinary Vision

Brian Dieter walks through the halls of Mary Greeley Medical Center, pausing frequently to chat with a member of the nursing or guest services staff.

Then something catches his eye and he stops. Dieter, the medical center's president and CEO, stands outside of a patient's room that is filled with visitors. One visitor sits in a chair.

Another leans up against the wall. A third finds a perch on the radiator. This crowded scene, he says, is part of the motivation behind Extraordinary Visions, the largest facility improvement in the history of Mary Greeley Medical Center.

"We're growing in the number of people we treat. We're growing in the services we can provide and the technologies we have available," says Dieter. "It's time for the medical center to grow to better serve the people of central Iowa."

Larger, more efficient rooms that will improve the experience of the patient as well as the visitor, are one of the central components of the project. Other features include a six-story tower housing such services as medical surgery and telemetry; an expanded emergency department; a new main entrance with an enclosed skywalk; and a new power plant.

Work on the estimated $129 million project began in early September and is expected to be completed in 2015, in time for the medical center's centennial in 2016.

"Mary Greeley Medical Center is a valued asset to Ames and our surrounding counties and communities," says Anne Campbell, mayor of Ames. "The medical center's expansion will strengthen us and make the area more attractive for present and future residents and businesses. Everyone in Ames, Story County and well-beyond should be excited about this."

The capital project will be funded with a mix of health care revenue bonds ($63 million), funds designated by the medical center's Board of Directors ($60 million), and philanthropic support ($6 million). Mary Greeley Medical Center is not tax supported; the revenue bonds will be paid for by hospital revenue.

"We've managed our finances well and, as a result, are in a strong position to re-invest in Mary Greeley Medical Center," says Dieter. "When we re-invest in the medical center, what we're really doing is re-investing in our service area—improving patient care, improving the patient experience, improving the quality of life in central Iowa."

Focus on Patients

The project will be done in three phases. "This is a major undertaking, but we've planned it in stages to minimize disruptions to our patient care," says Dieter.

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Phase 1 - New Patient Tower and Support Services Building

  • Expected completion: Spring 2014
  • Six-story tower on the west end of the main building will house larger inpatient rooms and various medical units, including telemetry and surgery.
  • Larger patient rooms
    • Inpatient rooms will be 240 square feet, compared to the current 168 square feet.
    • Bathrooms will be 80 square feet, compared to the current 23 square feet, and incorporate universal design features, such as zero threshold showers.
    • There will be distinct areas for patients, medical staff and families. For example, there will be space for a sleeper sofa for family members who want to stay overnight with a patient.
    • Improved access to technology and modern amenities.
  • Two new stories on the existing west wing of the building will house inpatient rooms and medical units. It also will feature a rooftop garden.
  • A new power plant will house electrical, steam, hot water and chilled water generation systems and equipment that will support the current and future heating, cooling and energy needs of the medical center.
  • Phase I also will incorporate sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally responsible construction practices, with the goal of achieving LEED Silver certification, which recognizes building sustainability.

Phase II - New Main Entrance

  • Expected completion: Winter 2014
  • Two-story main entrance with canopied entry areas for the medical center and Emergency Department.
  • New lobby with the admitting desk, valet services, gift shop and coffee shop.
  • Enclosed skywalk connecting the second level of the parking ramp to the new entrance area.
  • New windows and insulation added to the existing building to improve energy efficiency. The exterior will be refaced to match the exterior of the new structures.

Phase III - Relocated and Expanded Emergency Department

  • Expected completion: Summer 2015
  • Relocation and expansion of the Emergency Department.
  • New ambulance garage on the east end of the building.
  • Birdseye View
  • New Main Entrance
  • New Main Entrance Looking East
  • MGMC Main Entrance Interior, looking southwest
  • MGMC Main Entrance Interior, looking east
  • New Patient Room
  • Patient Tower View from the West
  • Patient Tower View from the East
  • Mock Patient Room During Campaign Kick-off Event
  • Mock Patient Room During Campaign Kick-off Event
  • Mock Patient Room During Campaign Kick-off Event