FARGO — Prairie St. John’s will begin work on a new $47 million hospital this fall with the start of demolition of a nearby building, signaling the end of hospital that has been in service for more than a century.
The new psychiatric hospital will have 128 beds, up from the current 110, with space for residential and partial hospitalization care.
Demolition of the nearby building is expected to begin in October, with construction of the new hospital planned to start next spring. The new hospital, which will be located near the existing Prairie St. John’s near Island Park, is expected to open in mid-2021.
The new building will be 106,000 square feet, smaller than the current 150,000 square feet, will offer improvements for patients and staff and will be more efficient to operate, said Jeff Herman, Prairie St. John’s chief executive officer.
“It’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it,” he said. Utilities costs will be reduced by an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 per year.
To make room for the new hospital, Prairie St. John’s will tear down its vacant RiversEdge facility to the east, located at 355 3rd Ave. S. Patient care will