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Altru rebuilds with 250 million dollar project

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—A new hospital and era are on the way for Altru Health System as corporate leaders say they are working on a project that will cost more than 250 million dollars.

A fence was put up behind the main clinic at Altru, as crews began working on tearing the building down entirely.

The clinic was closed in late December when it was deemed unsafe after crews found major structural damage—but the clinic isn’t the only thing Altru is planning to rebuild.

It's a hospital, which they say will feature state of the art technology, more services, and shorter waits in the ER.

It is unclear whether the new hospital will be built in place of the main clinic, or at the company’s south campus.

Altru is also waiting on the final plans to decide what to do with the old hospital—but corporate leaders have said their new facility will be able to house all of the services—both a hospital and a new main clinic.

Engineers have already started working on plans for a new facility, but they do not yet know where it is going to go.

“We're going to be letting the final design determine what the location is. Just so you all know, we do have room on our campuses and lands to have that, but that decision is going to be based on the design,” said Chief Executive Officer Dave Molmen.

Altru wants the crews to break ground in 2019, with an opening planned in 2022.

You can click here for more information about Altru's plans. 

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