Craig Moffat County residents have an opportunity next week to see firsthand what new tax dollars approved last year will pay for when The Memorial Hospital officials and architects unveil renderings of a new facility.
A new hospital preview reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig. It will be the second time TMH unveils the renderings that day - the same presentation will be made at 6:47 a.m. during the Craig Chamber of Commerce wake-up breakfast at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
Both presentations are open to the public.
Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer, said the public will see an exterior rendering of the new hospital with its final color palette and interior renderings in black and white. Also presented will be the building's footprint, highlighting how the hospital is designed by area, and its final site plan.
"This will also be an opportunity for the public to provide their input on what should happen to the old hospital building and to provide any feedback with regard to hospital plans," Johnston said. "We will also take questions from the public about the process."
Johnston said a decision hasn't been made on what will become of the current TMH building.
"We want to know what the public hopes to see happen to the building and then, we can examine the possibilities and the feasibility of such possibilities," she said.
Moffat County voters approved in November 2007 a three-mill tax package to fund about 50 percent of the new hospital's estimated $42.6 million cost. TMH is in the process of finalizing its application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for federal guarantee of the remaining financing.
A TMH timeline indicates construction of the new hospital could begin in August. It would take roughly 13 months to complete, and move-in could occur in fall 2009, according to the timeline.
Johnston said TMH staffers have worked hard to thoroughly plan out the new hospital.
"I think the most important part about this unveiling is that our employees, department managers and physicians have been working on the footprint of the hospital for five months," she said. "There are more than 200 rooms in the facility and we had the unique position of a budget that we could not exceed, so throughout the process, departments have had to really work together.
"It is a hugely complicated building, and we have nailed it down to close to perfect."
Anyone who misses the public presentations can view the renderings beginning April 28 in the hospital lobby for the next several months.