MRI approved, hospital site chosen


New decisions and faces marked Wednesday night's meeting of The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.

As expected, board members unanimously approved a site owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College for a new hospital.

They also unanimously approved an agreement to purchase the Northwest Health Specialists building on Yampa Avenue and its equipment, which includes a magnetic resonance imaging machine. Board member Ron Danner abstained. The purchase price for the building, its various equipment and the MRI machine is about $2.4 million.

Total expenses will be $33,828 a month. That includes $3,917 a month for five years for furniture and equipment not including the MRI; $21,258 a month for five years for the MRI and; $8,653 a month for 20 years for the property. Hospital officials estimate annual revenues from the purchase at almost $282,000 based on its current performance.

"I think this is very positive step for the community," said board member Sue Lyster.

Board member Gene Bryant is leaving and will be replaced by Corrie Scott. Scott said she previously had applied to the board, but the position came up recently.

"I know it will be a lot to learn, but I hope I can add to what they're doing," she said.

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara is the new commissioner liaison, replacing former commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos. Chief of Staff Dr. Michael Crane replaces Dr. Tammy Rice as a staff representative.

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