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Dubuque hospital kicks off expansion with groundbreaking ceremony

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its $42 million Cardiac, Surgery and Emergency Center, also known as the Grandview Expansion Project.

The hospital hopes its expansion will draw more doctors to Dubuque and keep patients from leaving the city to seek treatment.

"This is an opportunity for us to attract those specialists in cardiology care and in emergency care that would not necessarily come to Finley Hospital or Dubuque without the type of technology that we're bringing with this new project," UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital president and CEO David Brandon said.

The three-story, 70,000-square-foot expansion is set for completion at the end of 2015, he said.

"We will have state-of-the-art cardiac cath capabilities," Brandon said. "In our emergency room, we're elevating the level of our trauma care so that we are able to take care of more acutely ill and more traumatically injured patients than we have under our current facility."

The new emergency room area will have 16 treatment rooms, including two advanced trauma rooms. Hospital officials say the current emergency room area is undersized and the functionality of the space is more than 36 years old.

The hospital is launching its public Currents of Care Campaign, which aims to raise $5 million to put toward the overall $42 million project.

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