New hospital timeline in the works

TMH names owner representative to help with new facility project

Now that The Memorial Hospital has an owner's representative on board, TMH officials will soon begin building a timeline for completing its proposed new facility.

On Wednesday, the hospital board of trustees approved a recommendation from the Building Committee to appoint American Healthcare Facilities Development as the hospital's owner representative. The owner's rep role essentially entails the company serving as a designated project manager for the hospital, with goals of the project finishing within budget and on time.

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"They are highly trained and experienced and (will) help design the most appropriate facility for the community and what we'll need in the future," TMH chief executive officer George Rohrich said.

The hiring moves the hospital into the "program and design stage," the phase at which TMH officials and its owner rep attempt to determine the scope of the project.

The new hospital site, which is owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College, is 15 acres located west of Shadow Mountain Village. The Craig City Council approved the project's preliminary plat Tuesday.

Roads and utilities should be installed by the fall, and Rohrich estimates construction could start in 2008. It is estimated that it will take two years to finish the hospital once the design is complete, he said.

AHFD is a subsidiary of Quorum Health Resources, the long-time consulting firm contracted by the hospital. According to the Quorum Web site, AHFD has completed hundreds of healthcare planning and construction projects, totaling $1.5 billion, since 1989.

In other hospital news:

  • The hospital board received a 2006 annual report from a Quorum representative Wednesday. The report is the management service's summary of activities for the year.

Among the areas the firm assisted TMH in 2006 were executive recruitment, regulatory compliance, finances, planning and purchase savings.

Kurt Loveless, Quorum regional assistant vice president, told the board that significant strides were made in the hospital's operation in 2006, a difficult year in terms of both finances and turnover.

"I think the hospital is doing a lot of good things right now in improving their performance and finances," Loveless said.

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