A more-than $5-million expansion project at the New Ulm Medical Center got underway on Monday. The 12,000 square-foot expansion will alleviate space issues by adding a total of 28 new exam rooms at the facility. New Ulm Medical Center President Toby Freier says that the expansion will also provide the foundation to support 2 additional stories to accommodate future growth needs. The $5.3-million clinic expansion is being funded solely by Allina Health. Work began on a new parking lot for the expansion on Monday, with the work on the new clinic scheduled to begin in April. It’s expected to be completed by the end of the year. The New Ulm Medical Center’s new birthing center remains under construction as well.