Spokane Journal of Business

Kootenai Health’s $45.2 million expansion proceeds

Work is expected to be completed in September

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Nearly a 1 1/2 years into the $45.2 million remodel and expansion at its main campus, Kootenai Health is on pace to complete the major project this fall.

The project involves revamping some existing spaces and adding a three-floor, 21,500-square-foot addition on the west side of the hospital, which is located at 2003 Kootenai Health Way, just south of the Interstate 90-U.S. 95 interchange in Coeur d’Alene.

The second floor of the addition houses an expansion of the organization’s heart center, which opened at the end of February. The first and third floors will remain shell space, set aside for future expansion. Kootenai Health doesn’t have plans for those two floors yet, says Robert Kalisch, project manager and construction supervisor for the health care organization.

In other parts of the hospital, a number of improvements are expected to come online in the coming months.

An operating room expansion is expected to open in early April, and new super-catheterization and electrophysiology labs are scheduled to be completed in early August.

Renovation of the existing heart center will be completed by the end of September. When that stage of the remodel is completed, the heart center will have a total of 25 patient beds, which will involve a net increase of nine, Kalisch says.

Three Spokane companies are serving primary functions in the expansion. Bouten Construction Co. is the general contractor, and NAC Architecture is the architect. MW Consulting Engineers PS is providing engineering services.

Current work follows previous phases that had been completed during the past year. A renovation of the 6,400-square-foot Kootenai Outpatient Surgery unit was completed last November. Two months earlier, the organization completed a remodel on part of the hospital kitchen.

Operated by the Kootenai Health District since 1956. Kootenai Health has an operating budget of $736.2 million, according to the Journal’s Hospital & Medical Centers list published in early March. The organization’s 14,900 hospital admissions in 2022 were the second-most reported by Inland Northwest medical centers on that list.

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Editor Linn Parish has worked for newspapers and magazines since 1996, with the bulk of that time being at the Journal. A Montana boy who has called Spokane home for some time now, Linn likes Northwest trails, Deep South foods, and lead changes in the ninth inning.

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