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Published on May 24, 2022

Ribbon Cut for New Merrick Medical Center

On Tuesday, May 24, Bryan Health held a private donor event and ribbon cutting ceremony in Central City to unveil the new Merrick Medical Center on the Dinsdale Health Campus.

The new $27 million Merrick Medical Center will feature larger operating rooms, a cafeteria and better patient throughput. It’s built on 22.5 acres at the intersection of 15th Road and 28th Street in the southwest part of Central City. The land was donated by the Dinsdale family in 2019 and $6 million in philanthropic support was designated to supplement construction. The 51,307 square foot facility replaces the current hospital, which was built in 1959.

“Over the course of the last 63 years, health care has changed incredibly,” said Patrick Avila, CEO of Merrick Medical Center. “This new facility gives us the opportunity to provide more services for the communities we serve and allows us to recruit and retain talent to keep health care local. Hospitals shouldn’t be a place you only come to when you’re hurt or broken. We’ll offer more education on fitness, healthy eating and living. The sky’s the limit for us.”

The new Merrick Medical Center is now equipped with a modern-size operating room. It will allow for expanded offerings in surgical procedures, such as total joint replacements. The new hospital also features larger patient rooms to accommodate advanced technology and equipment. Additionally, the new facility will be friendlier to those with disabilities, featuring wider doors and access points that will be safer for those patients and the staff who care for them.

“The new Merrick Medical Center has been a vision for a long time. It was time to get it built,” said Russ Gronewold, president and CEO, Bryan Health. “Now that we have a building, what’s really important is what happens inside. Bryan Health and Merrick Medical Center are committed to working with everyone well into the future to make sure the highest quality of care remains local in Central City, a place that deserves it.”

The new Merrick Medical Center is scheduled to open its doors to patients on June 13. For more information, visit


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