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North Canyon Medical Center Opens

Feb. 17, 2010

The North Canyon Medical Center, located in Gooding, Idaho, held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Feb. 12, 2010. Layton Construction Co., Inc. completed the new 50,000-square-foot, ground-up critical access hospital under budget.

The North Canyon Medical Center will provide service to the residents of Gooding County and surrounding communities. The new hospital replaces the 40-year-old Gooding County Memorial Hospital and meets several critical areas of need, including a dedicated surgery center, the implementation of modern equipment and a more efficient building.

A major improvement to the North Canyon Medical Center is its ability to offer expanded surgical services. Six thousand square feet of space was dedicated to the expansion of surgical services, which includes two advanced operating rooms to provide orthopedic, podiatric, urological, cosmetic, hand and general surgery. Eight surgeons will work at the facility.

Additional upgrades to the medical center include a digital health records system integrated with affiliated doctors' offices and an expanded emergency room with two trauma bays and six exam rooms, along with state-of-the-art digital diagnostic imaging equipment, including a 16-slice CT scan, digital mammography, 4-D ultrasound and surgical imaging. The hospital also includes 15 spacious private inpatient rooms with wireless access and family sleeping space. In addition, the facility will house a Charity Clinic for the working poor and recently unemployed that will provide services through the volunteer efforts of physicians and nursing staff.

Layton began construction on the medical center in September 2008. The project is HUD/FHA-funded, and Layton worked through the preconstruction to assist the owner with the complicated process. The facility was designed with the intent of being as sustainable and environmentally-friendly as possible. Additionally, the hospital was built with the future in mind. Every service line at the facility has room for expansion.

The North Canyon Medical Center will begin seeing patients on March 2, 2010. In the meantime, employees will conduct mock surgeries and scans and test the facility, according to CEO Earl Fitzpatrick, "to make sure everything is perfect prior to even seeing the first patient."

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