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Institutional | KRAUS-ANDERSON - FIRSTLIGHT HEALTH SYSTEM

Kraus-Anderson is helping FirstLight
elevate its services, modernize
operations and increase security.

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Patient Plans

KRAUS-ANDERSON OVERSEES THE EXPANSION OF A HEALTH SYSTEM IN MINNESOTA. BY TIM O'CONNOR

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uccessful outcomes for hospital patients require responsive
care and restful conditions. The
ongoing expansion for FirstLight
Health System seeks to improve the former
while being conscious of the latter.
When undertaking a construction project
at an active hospital, limiting interruptions
to patient care is paramount. That is why
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., the
construction manager for the FirstLight
expansion, has taken extensive measures to
ensure everyone at the hospital is aware of
daily construction activities.
Krause-Anderson regularly meets with
the hospital's marketing team, department
managers and facilities' staff to discuss the
upcoming schedule and how to mitigate
construction risks to ongoing hospital op-

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erations and patient care. Kraus-Anderson
and FirstLight even brought in a third-party
company to monitor vibrations resulting
from construction work to ensure there
weren't any interference with the hospital's
imaging equipment and surgery schedules.
It's not enough to have a strong collaborative process, it must start early to get the
full benefit. DSGW, the architect for this
project began working with FirstLight more
than two years before breaking ground in
July 2017. "There were many revisions and
people involved, so when we did break
ground it would be a concise plan without
a lot of change-orders," says Kimberly
Tepley, director of marketing for FirstLight.
"Other considerations taken into account
were employee and patient safety, and
with the exponential growth FirstLight has

Kraus-Anderson
- FirstLight Hea h System
www.krausanderson.com
* Location: Mora, Minn.
* Employees on-site at peak: 150

"We're basically touching every
department in e organization except for urgery and e
business offices."
- Mark Vizenor, facility operations manager and
owner's ep

experienced in the past 10 years, planning
was extremely important to meet the needs
of our communities and staff," comments
Teri Heggernes, board chair, FirstLight
Health System.


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