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New hospital proposed in Sumner

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SUMNER (KWWL) -- One eastern Iowa hospital is launching a campaign to raise more than a million dollars to build a new facility. Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner is more than 60 years old and hospital officials say it's out of date.

The Heart of Your Community campaign was launched at the Sunset Community Theatre where hospital administrators described the details of the $17.4 million project.

"We want to build private rooms with bathrooms in them. Presently the facility does not have bathrooms in patient's rooms. Some issues with patient flow as patients try to come in and access our facility, being multi level it is not welcoming and it's difficult for patients to get through the facility," said Community Memorial CEO Mary Wells.

The new facility will be built just south of the current hospital, but they will not break ground until they reach their first goal of $1.5 million.

The proposed building is more than 51,000 square feet, 20 percent larger, and will be built all on one level which will allow for larger private patient rooms and significant expansions of rehab services, outpatient specialty clinics and ambulatory surgery areas.

"They employ nearly 90 people which makes them one of the largest employers and they contribute to the economy somewhere around $5 million which is also very important. It's one of the life bloods of this community," said Fundraising Co-Chair, Richard Rath.

"I was born in the hospital, started my nursing career there as a nursing assistant, came back as a floor nurse so I have wonderful memories as do many of the people in Sumner of life changing and happy moments in life as well as end of life and being close to their friends, family, and community," said Wells.

The fundraising has already begun. Allen Health System and First State Bank have donated $100,000 and LifeLine Emergency Vehicles donated $75,000.

Hospital officials say they hope to break ground early next year. They then expect 13 months for construction.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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