Hospital project moving into important 90-day stretch

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In other action

At its meeting Wednesday night,

The Memorial Hospital board:

• Approved, 7-0, the reappointment of Dr. George M. Pachelo, a cardiologist, to associate staff.

• Approved, 7-0, accepting 2007 audit report by the firm Stockman Kast Ryan & Co., LLP.

• Approved, 7-0, extending a lease for 18 months with the Centennial Mall for physical therapy space.

• Approved, 7-0, renewing a MicroScan lease.

• Tabled a recommendation to approve a change order for Ninth Street until April 7.

• Directed administration to make a formal request to The Memorial Hospital Foundation board for $500,000 to $800,000 between July and August to be used for the proposed new hospital.

• Approved 2008 officers and members for The Memorial Hospital Foundation Board.

• Approved, 7-0, a master position employment contract for newly hired doctors.

• Approved, 7-0, family medicine compensation guidelines.

• Approved, 7-0, OB/GYN compensation guidelines.

— The Memorial Hospital is finalizing its application seeking a loan guarantee from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and should have the documents sent to Washington, D.C., by early May, TMH Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich said.

The application is part of an important 90-day stretch for the new hospital project, Rohrich said.

"These are our next critical milestones," he said.

"This is a big 90 days coming up. Things are going to accelerate rapidly."

In November 2007, voters approved the hospital's proposed 3-mill tax package to fund about 50 percent of the new hospital's estimated $42.6 million cost. TMH is requesting HUD act as loan co-signer.

The HUD application, the chief executive officer said, is "our first, and today our only, priority to procure that approval."

HUD could respond to the application by June. At this point, TMH officials have no reason to believe the application won't receive the federal green-light.

"We're reviewing documents as they're prepared for the application," Rohrich said. "We've surrounded ourselves with people who have gone through the process before and are knowledgeable about it. : I am very confident our application will be approved."

Should the application be approved as expected, the hospital would move into final closing and financing in July.

The HUD application will include a combination of items including plans for the building project, a guaranteed maximum price - which cannot exceed $42.6 million - and a feasibility study.

The firm Dixon Hughes, PLCC, an Asheville, N.C., company and one of the "preeminent" firms of its kind, Rohrich said, is conducting the study, which ensures the project's scope is viable. The study should be presented to TMH board members next month, he added.

Although the exact scope and cost of the proposed new hospital still is being determined, the facility is estimated to span about 80,000 square feet with 25 private rooms on 15 acres west of Shadow Mountain Village.

"We're getting very close to be completed," Rohrich said, "and starting construction."

Comments

STANHATHHORN 6 years, 8 months ago

NATIVE, sAMANTHA

Did you notice that Rohrich copped to the 3 mill tax as 50% of the project, not the 40/60 split that Samantha constantly referred to during the campaign? Surprise...Surprise!!  One more apparent lie. On another note I just received the supposed "audited financials" for the last five years. The average yearly loss wasn't $77,000 as per TMH in house books, it was actually about $284,000. It will be interesting to request the documents that TMH will present to HUD.
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