Category Archives: Construction Updates


As we creep closer to the end of this project, it’s hard to believe that it is this far along.

What’s happening now?

Main entrance

  • The main entry-way, otherwise known as Central Check-in:
  • stairs are poured
  • awning will be painted to match the Emergency Department (ED) Entrance
  • Allows for efficient patient drop- off and pick-up
Picture of centralized check-in, not painted
Featured staircase steps poured (concrete)
Straight on view of the featured staircase
Rendering of finished featured staircase and Centralized Check-In
Old photo of ED entrance that will soon be Centralized Check-in

Hospital lab

The hospital lab moved into a new space, remember all draws will happen in the clinic area, so if you are scheduled, make sure you register with Central check-in!

Move-in day for the new hospital laboratory. A pneumatic tube system was added to help with efficiencies between clinic and lab locations within the Mora campus.

The Mora clinic

Clinic renovations continue to happen inside and just outside the south wall of the Mora campus.  Construction is slated to be finished at the end of June and is adding and additional 7,500 square feet for exam and nurse/provider space.

Behind construction walls for the past four months was the Centralized Check-in and Common’s area.  If  you happen to stop in for a clinic appointment you will be surprised with a new look.

Central check-in

The place to “check-in” for all of your appointments,  whether it be clinic, lab or to see one of our many specialties.


A serene place to wait for your appointment or result with soft lighting and comfy chairs.

Gift shop

The new gift shop will open sometime in July (simultaneously) with the eye clinic.  The FirstLight Health Care Volunteers are busy with deciding what type of inventory to purchase, sell and display.

Before the space gets filled with gift options and trinkets, watch for the opening in July!

Wellness office

An additional space was added to the front in FirstLight’s new design, a Wellness office.

New wellness center office, promoting well-being for our community folks.


Circling back on some updates with FirstLight’s building project, many internal changes are happening, not visible to the public—-

The hospital lab (not visible to the public) is slated for a remodel and move to a different location – to the old chemo / infusion services area. The finishing touches are happening:  flooring, tile, sinks.  A cool new piece of equipment was installed, a pneumatic tube system to help with efficiency, allowing specimens to be transported between labs.

If everything goes as planned, the new and improved hospital lab will be functional at the  end of April.

New hospital lab
The Common’s area:

The area behind Central Registration will be called the Commons area, the space — the area that will connect Registration to the dining area, rehab services, and inpatient.   Sheetrocking, new tile, and new doors area being constructed now.  Abundant waiting and seating will be available as well as the business office and medical records services being front and center.


The clinic expansion is well underway and expected to be completed this summer as well.   The roof  and wall rough-ins are complete.   The expansion will add 7500 additional square feet allowing for more exam rooms, provider offices and additional services:  Opioid stewardship program, diabetes education, care coordination, mental health, etc.

FLHS’s south view of the clinic expansion
Interior walls in the new clinic, framed and sheet rocked
Main Entrance

The most visible part of construction at this time is the main entrance.  This will end up being the most architecturally  profound of the entire project. Stay tuned for advancements on section!

Wall framing at main entrance


It is a little difficult to visualize what the new common, eye clinic, gift shop, pharmacy and wellness area will look like: below are some behind the scenes.  Watch for more updates as the spaces get closer to being done!

Overview of areas being worked on this winter / spring.
New clinic expansion (south side of FLHS)



With all of the recent changes with new entrances, you may be wondering what door to use when accessing services at FirstLight.  Maps are attached to help answer questions, click here to view/print:

if you are a rehab patient

if you are here for surgery

if you are here for a clinic or lab only appointment

if you are here for the birthing center, inpatient, dining or a meeting/support group

There are extra volunteers at the Emergency Entrances to help guide you to where you or your loved ones or friends need to be, just remember to ask!

Thank you for choosing FirstLight for your care!




As 2018 quickly comes to an end, we can’t believe that we’re on day 365 of the proposed 516 project working days (give or take a few); making the project is about 61% finished.

The past year, so many areas were completed, either built new or remolded including:

inpatient and birthing rooms, rehabilitation services area, dining room, meeting rooms, infusion /chemotherapy area, inpatient pharmacy, environmental services (EVS), materials management, facilities, and IS support.

Some photos from the last few weeks:

Infusion / Chemotherapy

Community pharmacy (due to open early summer 2019)

ED hallway / registration

…and Save the Date for the Emergency Department Open House!

The construction time line shows the ladder part of the project includes:  a new community pharmacy, remodeling of the hospital lab, repairing some infrastructure, a new central registration area, and lastly the relocation of the downtown eye clinic.


Quality Emergency Care. Close to Home.

You trust FirstLight to be there when the unexpected happens, providing emergency care second-to-none for you and your family. Coming in December, FirstLight will open a brand-new Emergency Department as part of its hospital expansion project to better serve you.

The expanded, modern space will feature a streamlined design enabling improved efficiencies for care teams and EMS crews, safe, comfortable and quiet trauma and exam rooms, a more secure helicopter landing area, and numerous improvements to improve patient care and satisfaction.

December Open House

To celebrate this exciting milestone, FirstLight will host an open house in mid- December.

Download here


Construction crews are trying to beat mother nature by buttoning up most of the outside work before year end, specifically: the new Highway 65/23 entrance and footings for the featured staircase adjacent to the new centralized registration area.

Watch for ads online and in the newspaper around the new entry and exit for the clinic and hospital beginning October 22 (pending weather).

Footings outside the current ED entrance that will support the new canopy (for patient drop off) and featured staircase adjacent to the new centralized check-in area.

Area A, the new Emergency Department is having the flooring installed.  The Emergency Department (new) is slated to be open sometime in December of 2018.

ED flooring, Area A