Planning – No Stone Unturned
Two years ago, we enlisted the help of architects at HGA to walk us through a comprehensive Facility Master Planning process. We examined our space usage, infrastructure needs, where our services and community healthcare needs are headed and also what you--our community--expect when you receive healthcare services.
In many departments we are outgrowing our space.
- 12 rehab practitioners are working in a treatment space designed for 6
- Surgery is performing an estimated 1100 surgeries this year in a space designed to accommodate 600-700 surgeries per year.
- Patients are coming in stressed and confused about finding our emergency department.
- Registration processes lead to multiple scenarios and options based on the time of day with privacy concerns.
Our facility planning process also brought to light many issues with our current infrastructure that need to be addressed. There’s work that must be done, even if we do nothing to address the cramped patient spaces. From electrical work to plumbing and roofing needs, the original 1952 building is in need of millions of dollars of repairs.
Throughout our planning process, we left no stone unturned, working diligently to ensure our plans make the best economic sense for our community. We’ve looked at scenarios ranging from a facelift to the current facility, to expansion, to the extreme options of buying land and building new.
We’re Outgrowing our Space.
Goals to accommodate future healthcare needs.
With a deep dive into our facilities’ needs and our community needs, we’ve created a Facility Master Plan. The goals of the plan include:
The hospital has taken the opportunity to apply for a federal USDA loan to remodel and expand space estimated up to $39 million. While that may seem like a very expensive space, the estimate accounts for all the “soft costs” associated with healthcare. That means we are planning ahead for everything from equipment to waiting room chairs to more expensive items like an MRI suite moved inside the building instead a semi in the parking lot.
The hospital is in very good financial health, allowing us to bring a significant portion of funding to the project in cash while leaving us in good financial position to make any payments on a loan should USDA approve our request. In addition, USDA funding would be a government-backed loan with a very low interest rate and low risk to tax payers.
Use of Funds
January 1, 2015
Began Facility Master Planning Process
August 1, 2015
Community members toured facility and provided feedback
January 1, 2016
Planned space needs, deep dive into community healthcare needs
March 1, 2016
USDA Loan application submitted.
May 1, 2017
May - October 2017
Anticipate hearing back from USDA regarding loan.