On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Marshall Browning Hospital and its guests held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a state-of-the-art outpatient rehab expansion. The 7,700-square-foot addition is part of a plan and commitment to significantly expand therapy services. The expansion is critical to accommodate the growth in the therapy services and will better meet the needs of patients in the community. The expansion includes a gymnasium, a larger pool for aquatic therapy, patient treatment rooms for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, vestibular rehab therapy, and lymphedema therapy.

“The expanded rehab facility will create the environment our staff need, and our patients deserve. This new building will allow us to continue to excel in our mission to improve the health and quality of life for the people and communities we serve,” said Dan Eaves, CEO. “With the expansion of this facility, we will be able to offer better access for patients, decreased waiting times for appointments, space for expansion of therapists, and additional rehabilitation services for patients. I am confident that with the support of our highly qualified staff, Marshall Browning Rehab will continue to provide the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in the best environment for decades to come.”

Following the completion of the addition, the current rehab facility will become home to the hospital’s nationally accredited cardiopulmonary rehab program. This highly successful service has outgrown its current area within the hospital and the larger space will better serve the needs of cardiopulmonary patients.

Quadrant Design was selected as the architect. They are a well-respected firm from Waterloo, IL.  To bring the project to life, Marshall Browning Hospital hired Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc.  Gregg Korte, president of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., said his company is looking forward to partnering with Marshall Browning Hospital on this project.  “As the Hospital celebrates its Centennial, we’re excited to be construction manager on this newest chapter,” noted Korte.  “We’ve worked with the architect, Quadrant Design, on many occasions.  That relationship, coupled with our ICRA-trained field staff, will provide Marshall Browning with the best facility possible.”  ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) Solutions provides training and equipment to healthcare contractors. Founded in 1958, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. (K & L) is a family-owned general contractor based in Highland, Illinois.  The company has construction experience in a variety of markets including medical facilities, commercial buildings, industrial and infrastructure, churches, and schools.

Financing for the project includes a $1 million USDA grant. The hospital will fund the remaining $1.3 million for the addition.