Evaluating -- not selecting

Hospital board to continue review of possible sites for new facility

None of the potential sites for construction of a new hospital in Craig have been eliminated from consideration as the board continues to evaluate them, Randy Phelps, The Memorial Hospital administrator, said Tuesday.

Not even those sites that the project manager has recommended be eliminated from consideration have been axed, he said.

"The board is doing a site-evaluation process," he said. "Not a site-selection process."

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees is scheduled to hear a report on site analysis in its monthly meeting tonight in the basement of the VNA in Craig.

But Phelps said no new information will likely be presented and no decisions will be made.

Several unknown factors still need to be considered in evaluating the best, most economically feasible site, he said, including infrastructure and construction costs at different locations in Craig.

In a report released two weeks ago, Hammes Company of Lakewood recommended that two of five sites be eliminated from consideration in building a new hospital.

Those sites included the location where the current hospital sits and the Kawcak property across the street from the Public Safety Center in south Craig.

Even sites other than the five finalists, which is a total of about a dozen sites, could still be considered, he said.

"I would argue that any site is still on the table," he said. "No one has been ruled out yet."

The board is still awaiting a report from Hammes Company on the potential infrastructure and building costs of the different sites.

Without the estimated costs of construction and infrastructure costs available, the three locations Hammes recommended the hospital pursue in its previous report included:

  • The Kloos property located just south of Highway 40 off of County Road 7. The cost of the property is $2.7 million.
  • The Wilson property located on Highway 40 going west out of Craig just east of Wickes Avenue. The cost of the property would be an estimated $320,000.
  • The Colorado Northwestern Community College site in west Craig just off of County Road 7. The college would donate this property.

The hospital is anticipating a report on estimated costs for development of the different sites within the next couple of weeks, Phelps said.

In other business tonight, the TMH Board of Trustees will:

  • Hear a clinical key result area report by Betsy Bair, performance improvement director.
  • Hear a nursing departmental update by Suzanne Frappier, chief nursing officer.
  • Consider a resolution of office location for foundation and community relations office.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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