Wamego Health Center, established in the late 1900’s, has been growing and adding to their campus over the last few decades. Additions and renovations have taken place over the years to improve patient care to the surrounding community. These additions to the campus include radiology, laboratory, physical therapy, occupational therapy, surgery and daily special physician. In 2017 an 11,000 square foot expansion was added on to the clinic. This expansion increased the size of the main entrance and effected laboratory services, emergency services and surgical services.
On September 29, 2023, Wamego Health Center and BHS Construction broke ground for a new MRI addition to their campus. “As a community we just continue to grow our hospital facilities, this MRI facility is just one more step in that process” say Jake Pugh, Chair of the Wamego City Hospital Board. The ground break ceremony had a large attendance, members of the Wamego and surrounding communities gathered to witness this next step in improving the services of Wamego Health Center. Merl Page Chair of the Wamego Hospital Association says “This is really a true community effort to being this to Wamego. Look at this turnout for a ground breaking, it speaks highly to this community.”
The MRI facility addition will be a permanent replacement for the current MRI unit that shows twice a week at the Wamego City Health Center. The new imaging technology will allow the hospital to continue to provide advances care close to home. City Commissioner, Dr Bill Ditto says “I want to say thank you to everyone involved.”
Construction is already underway at the Wamego Health Center. A small section of the hospital has been block off to seamlessly tie in the new addition to the rest of the hospital. BHS has installed temporary walls to increase the safety of the hospital workers and patients still occupying the facility. The temporary walls keeps out dirt and dust from the ongoing construction. On the exterior of the building crews are wrapping up demolition and will soon pour the concrete foundation.
Construction is planned to be wrapped up late spring of 2024.