News Release: Sakakawea Medical Center, The Neenan Company celebrate grand opening of new medical facility in Hazen, N.D.

Hospital Replacement Facility Expands Healthcare Services to Rural Community

Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen, N.D. (Photo courtesy of The Neenan Company)

HAZEN, N.D. — Sakakawea Medical Center in partnership with The Neenan Company, a fully integrated design-build firm based in Colorado, is pleased to announce the opening of a new medical facility in Hazen, North Dakota. The new facility integrates both a critical access hospital and a community health center into a primary care medical neighborhood for the residents of Mercer, Oliver and Dunn counties.

As a comprehensive medical center, the new facility will enable Sakakawea Medical Center to meet the primary care, diagnostic, emergency, surgical, and acute care needs of the rural community while promoting the long-term wellbeing of the region through wellness and prevention programs with services offered beyond the hospital and clinic walls.

The Neenan Company served as the design-build partner for the project, with the new 55,300-square-foot facility replacing the previous medical center built in 1969. Highly anticipated by local residents, the new medical center expands the hospital’s care with updated diagnostic technology and expansions to the clinic, emergency room, and surgical area while also supporting enhanced community outreach programs.

”We’re very proud of the unique model we’ve created with the new hospital,” said Darrold Bertsch, chief executive officer of the Sakakawea Medical Center. “With the community health center partnering with a critical access hospital, we’re pleased to have the opportunity to expand medical services and enhance patient satisfaction.”

The hospital features a lean, patient-centric design that provides easy accessibility and navigation for comprehensive patient care. The new clinic delivers a centralized clinical care team space for timely, responsive, collaborative patient care by and between physicians, providers, nurses and technicians. The new facility implements modern design techniques aimed at improving patient satisfaction and outcomes, while reducing nursing standby costs from staffing individually separated departments.

The critical access hospital and community health center serves approximately 15,000 residents in the rural towns of Beulah and Hazen, and equips medical professionals with the needed facilities to deliver accessible, responsive, reliable and effective care to community residents and visitors.

”After years of collaborative planning by the board, staff, providers, administrative leadership and a team of consultants and bankers along with North Dakota’s USDA office of Rural Development, we are thrilled to see this transformative healthcare facility come to fruition,“ said Michael Curtis, vice president of healthcare at The Neenan Company. “The new facility improves the community’s access to healthcare, enhances patient outcomes and reduces the overall cost of care with improved staffing efficiencies and an expanded continuum of care.”

About Sakakawea Medical Center:
Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, N.D. provides healthcare services to several rural towns in Mercer County and Oliver County. With roots in the community that date back to 1941, SMC is a community-owned, not-for-profit organization that strives to deliver comprehensive care to patients in the hospital, clinics, and medical home as well as making programs and services available outside the hospital walls.

About The Neenan Company:
The Neenan Company is a fully integrated design-build firm that specializes in the architecture and construction of commercial, education and healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The firm is based in Colorado and was a 2013 recipient of the national American Business Ethics Award. More information is available at


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