Monument Health Sturgis opens recently renovated and upgraded Emergency Department

Gary MatthewsJuly 14, 2021Local
photo by Gary MatthewsOne of the new trauma rooms in the recently renovated Monument Health Sturgis E.R. Department. Staff at the hospital gave media a tour of the facility Wednesday.

STURGIS, S.D. – The recently renovated and upgraded Emergency Department is now open for business at Monument Health Sturgis Hospital.

The construction project took about six months and added additional space, private rooms, updates to furnishings and fixtures, staff enhancements for charting and dictation, a behavioral health safe room and even a negative airflow system.

The Greater Sturgis Lifecare Foundation contributed $150,000 to Monument Health Sturgis Hospital, and the Monument Health Foundation matched the contribution with a $150,000 donation. Monument Health paid the remainder of the $900,000 cost.

Marck Schulte, President of the Sturgis market, says they took everything down to the studs and bare concrete and then built everything back up to take advantage of the space in the best way possible.

“We implemented new features like completely enclosed shelving and storage areas, as well as a negative airflow system that will protect our caregivers and other patients from any aerosolized contaminants or microbes.”

Schulte says that while the upgraded Emergency Department will help the area be prepared for anticipated high numbers of rally-goers this year, it’s just as important that the Sturgis community has access to the best possible medical facilities year round.