ACMC announces more plans at summit

MARSHALL – Coming developments in Lyon County took center stage at an event held Monday night, among them the announcement that an outpatient surgery facility is coming to Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Marshall.

Representatives of ACMC-Marshall said ground would be broken for the center this summer, near the northeast corner of the new ACMC clinic. Dr. Joe Willett said the facility would be an “ambulatory surgical center,” meaning it would offer procedures not requiring a hospital stay.

ACMC-Marshall was among the presenters at the Lyon County Informational Summit, held Monday night at Southwest Minnesota State University. The Information Summit event grew out of previous “business summit” events held to talk about area economic development, said Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Director Cal Brink. The presentations on Monday also included updates on the Brau Brothers Brewing Company’s move to Marshall, and on the Regional Amateur Sports Center and MERIT Center.

ACMC recently celebrated the opening of new clinic facilities in Marshall, but it will be adding on the surgical center starting this summer, ACMC-Marshall representatives said. The center would have two operating rooms and two procedure rooms, and handle a range of general surgeries and specialized procedures in a number of areas, including gastroenterology and ophthalmology. Willett said ACMC-Marshall would also be going through a year-long certification process for the surgical center.

Medical technology has advanced enough that quality surgical procedures can often be done without a hospital stay, Willett said. Opting to have surgery in an outpatient center can often reduce the cost to patients, he said.

ACMC wasn’t the only group talking about plans for growth on Monday. Dustin Brau, of the Brau Brothers Brewing Company, discussed details of the brewery’s planned move to Marshall.

Converting the former Runnings building in Marshall into a brewpub will allow the Brau Brothers to expand production from about 7,000 barrels of craft beer a year, to more than 10,000 barrels a year, Brau said.

“Right now, we’re kind of bulging at the seams,” Brau said of the company’s current location in Lucan. Besides space to expand production, the Marshall community will also offer greater opportunities for hosting tour groups, or events like festivals.

“Craft beer is small as an industry, but it’s growing fast,” he said.

Brau said the business hopes to make the move to Marshall in early June, but the date will depend on how quickly it can get permission. There are a lot of state and federal regulations for breweries and brewpubs, he said.

Roger Madison of the Southwest Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, and Marshall City Administrator Ben Martig gave updates on the planned amateur sports center and driving track for the M.E.R.I.T. Center. Architects and engineers have been selected to design both projects, they said. Madison said ground for the sports center will be broken this fall.

Both projects are still seeking additional funds from the state, Madison and Martig said. If either the sports facility or the M.E.R.I.T. center expansions get additional state money, it may help shorten the time that local sales tax options are in effect to support them.

Brink said the Marshall community is poised to grow and develop opportunities for economic development.

“There really are some fun and exciting things happening” for the Marshall area, Brink said. However, he said one of the most important factors moving forward will be maintaining a vision for the future.