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Work continues on Winner Regional Healthcare Center's $23 million building project. (Submitted photo)

WINNER — Everything is on track at Winner Regional Healthcare Center three months into a $23 million project.

With temperate weather gracing Tripp County through late December, the hospital's expansion adding 28,000 square feet has made "good progress," according to Winner Regional Healthcare Foundation Director Jody Engel.

Steel bars for the frame of the building have been erected, the basement has been poured and setting of the precast walls is set to begin this week, Engel said.

The project, which also includes the renovation of an additional 16,000 square feet, will take approximately 18 months to two years to complete. The main focus of the project is construction of a new clinic, emergency room, operating room and lab and radiology department, along with a streamlined registration area for the entire facility.

The original building, constructed in 1947, will be demolished to make room for new construction, while the old laboratory and radiology space will be repurposed to accommodate services currently housed in the 1947 building.

Regular hospital operations are intended to continue throughout construction, and work will likely continue throughout the winter.

Much of the project's funding comes from donations, and the community's support hasn't wavered.

The hospital hosted a Holiday Festival in early December, which raised more than $138,000 to be put toward the building project, Engel said.