Belton, MO - Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City's leading healthcare provider—today announced that the hospital will undergo an ICU (intensive care unit) expansion project to more than double the size of the unit, allowing physicians to treat the community's demand for a growing number of critical care patients.

Highlights of the project, which will encompass a 12,059-square-foot one-story addition above the existing emergency department, includes an eight-bed ICU unit with shell space for six future patient rooms. Construction will begin on the expansion in spring of 2020 with the new ICU anticipated to open in spring 2021.

"Belton Regional Medical Center has provided exceptional, compassionate and comprehensive healthcare to southern Jackson and northern Cass counties for 35 years, increasing our services as the area's growth and healthcare requirements have surged," says Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Todd Krass, noting that ICU patient volumes have grown over the past few years, creating capacity constraints. "When patients suffer a critical illness or injury, they want quality care, close to home. Not only does this expansion underscore our continued investment in the community, it will allow Belton Regional Medical Center patients and their families to heal and recover in their own community, which is deeply meaningful to me and our hospital family."

Krass notes that the expansion underscores Belton Regional Medical Center's "investment in the community, while also providing an exceptional patient care experience."

Conveniently located at Highways 71 and 58 in Belton, Belton Regional Medical Center was established in 1984. Today the 71 acute-care bed hospital offers the region access to a full spectrum of critical inpatient and outpatient health resources, including ICU, emergency services, laboratory, radiology and imaging services, rehabilitation services, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and sleep lab; specialty clinics, including Cardiology, Dermatology, GI, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Respiratory Therapy, Spine Care and Urology, among others; comprehensive surgical services, including Robotics, and a TIA clinic. The hospital has more than 260 physicians and specialists on staff and more than 300 employees.

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