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Officials turn dirt over during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital medical office building.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Officials of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, the hospital’s board of directors, Methodist Health System and Methodist Physicians Clinic broke ground for Jennie Edmundson’s $18 million medical office building project in September.

Bounded by Ridge and East Pierce Streets and Kanesville Boulevard, the new building will become home to primary care physicians, women’s services and urgent care services. A healing garden will be a highlight of the exterior, providing a calming retreat for patients and staff.

The three-story, 60,000-square-foot office building is expected to be completed in February 2020.

Dan Kinney, president of the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital board of directors, said that, despite early concerns about the cost of the project, “this is the right thing to do for Council Bluffs and our patients.

“Methodist Jennie Edmundson and Methodist Physicians Clinic have experienced tremendous growth and currently have no room for expansion,” Kinney said. “This new, state-of-the-art facility will allow more residents to get the health care they need in a timely fashion.”

The first floor of the medical office building will provide clinic space for approximately 15 Methodist Physicians Clinic primary care providers. It will also include an imaging suite, as well as an urgent care with extended hours.

Women’s services will be located on the second floor and feature up to six women’s health experts, as well as outreach clinic opportunities with Methodist Women’s Hospital maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

Use of the third floor is yet to be determined, but officials are in discussion with a number of potential physician groups.

“This is a community development,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. “Access to quality health care is a significant factor in the growth of our community and success in economic development.”

In conjunction with the new medical office building, a new employee parking lot is currently under construction. The new lot, which will be located closer to the hospital entrances, will improve hospital employee access and safety.

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