Health Care

Kiowa to break ground on new hospital

The Kiowa District Hospital will break ground on a new building next month after four years of planning.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at the intersection of Fourth and Gordon streets in Kiowa and is open to the public.

The expected completion date on the new building in southern Barber County is January 2014.

The current Kiowa District Hospital is a 61-year-old critical access hospital with eight beds. The new hospital will have the same number of beds, an operating suite and an expanded emergency room.

The project is estimated to cost $8.2 million and is being funded through the Barber County’s public bonds commission and a USDA loan. The Friends of the Kiowa District Hospital and Manor Foundation is providing any gaps in funding. The hospital will look at hiring additional staff once the building is complete.

Members of the hospital board, administrators and officials with the building and architectural firms involved with the project are expected to attend the groundbreaking.