If you were doing the diagnostics on the Maple Grove Hospital, the prognosis would be good, very good.
Less than three years after opening in December 2009, the hospital is now just a few months away from completing a major $20 million expansion which will add 40 inpatient beds, bringing the hospital up to 130 licensed beds.
"When we opened we opened with no patients and 90 beds," said Craig Wolgemuth, the hospital's expansion project manager. "We anticipated growth over time, and our plan was always to respond to the community."
Built with an unfinished fourth floor, the hospital expected an expansion within five years of opening, but Wolgemuth said the rate of growth, particularly among obstetrics, surprised even hospital officials. The completion of the fourth floor, where the new beds are being added, is several years ahead of schedule.
Exactly 7,792 babies have been born at the hospital since it first opened. The hospital is averaging 11 births a day, according to Jennifer Krippner, the hospital's marketing and public relations director.
The expansion project accounts for that growth with four new labor and delivery suites as well as an expanded nursery.
"We're also seeing growth in surgery," said Wolgemuth. "By the end of the year we'll have opened two additional operating rooms."
Wolgemuth said the hospital is seeing more growth in the specialty area of orthopedics too, with a higher volume of joint replacement surgeries and spine surgical procedures.
Originally licensed for 300 beds, the Maple Grove Hospital was built to serve the growing northwest portion of Hennepin County and beyond.
"Our reach is expanding, and we're seeing more and more patients coming from further away," said Wolgemuth. "Most of our growth is coming from the north and the west."
The expansion project will be completed in December.
Alexandra Renslo reporting
October 1, 2012