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Great Bend Medical Facility Will Reduce Size And Cut Staff

Officials have announced an $11 million plan to demolish a mostly unused Great Bend hospital building and remodel nearby buildings.

The changes are coming more than three years after the Central Kansas Medical Center converted into an outpatient care center, called the St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The project will reduce the campus from 240,000 square feet to a little more than 30,000 square feet.

The plan is to remodel a medical office building and move any medical operations still in the hospital building into the remodeled building. Besides tearing down the five-story main hospital building, a neighboring Allied Services Building will also be torn down.

St. Rose official Mark Mingenback says the conversion also will mean staff cuts. The facility currently employs 137 people.