TMH board considers moving facilities

Russell Street building could see other tenants

In with the new, and back to the old.

As The Memorial Hospital prepares to move to its new facility, it might consider moving other entities in to its current Russell Street building.

During a special TMH board meeting Thursday night, George Rohrich, TMH chief executive officer, said the existing building could potentially be used to house other hospital operations spread throughout town.

Previously, there had been discussion of building a medical office building on the new campus in west Craig, but, with a price tag of more than $7 million, it was not known how the hospital would fund such a building.

The old building could potentially house TMH Rehabilitation Center, which is located in Centennial Mall.

"This is just a temporary solution," Rohrich said. "But using this building buys us time."

One of the main considerations for using the old building is to keep it maintained while it's still on the market, Rohrich said.

Using the building could lead to $300,000 in savings per year, Rohrich said.

The hospital would be able to opt out of leases, and large portions of the building would be closed, cutting down on heating and cooling costs.

Rohrich said the hospital would be able to legally opt out of its leases in the MRI Building, 651 Yampa Ave., and in the mall.

"It protects the old hospital, and we will be able to provide service all in one location," he said. "And this way, there would still be people in the building."

Rohrich said the hospital would need minor work to be able to accommodate the other entities, and new signage.

The board agreed to look at the plan in greater detail.

The board also agreed Thursday to apply for a $2 million matching fund Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant to purchase a new MRI machine.

Included in that request will also be equipment upgrades.

Rohrich said the current machine, which was built in 1990, still serves its purpose but is starting to show its age.

"The old machine is worn," he said.

If TMH receives the grant and purchases a new machine, the old one would be traded in, Rohrich said. Siemens MRI would take the old machine as a $60,000 trade-in, he said.

A new MRI machine would cost about $900,000.

The new machine would be housed in the new TMH building, which is set to open before the end of the year.

Samantha Johnston, service excellence officer, said loan money could be used to match the grant.

"It doesn't matter where we get the money," she said, "just so long as it's in by July 1."

Because the hospital has shown a commitment in constructing the new building, DOLA would be more likely to invest, Johnston said.

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

Comments

STANHATHHORN 4 years, 11 months ago

"Rohrich said the hospital would be able to legally opt out of its leases in the MRI Building, 651 Yampa Ave., and in the mall."

That's true they can opt out. County entities are forbidden by statute to enter into multi- year contracts. So, the PSC the new hospital and all large equipment purchases were set up as year to year leases, recommitted each year.

The MRI machine and the MRI building were "leased" by TMH in February 2005. The MRI machine was leased for $1,196,730 and will be paid out in early 2010, at which time TMH will be the owner. The building lease was for $1,138,000 over a twenty year term. If TMH reneges on that agreement this month they will have left $1,002,428 in unpaid principal.

Yes, they can "opt out", but is that the way Moffat County should do business? Do we really want to "stiff" two local business people?

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grannyrett 4 years, 11 months ago

Stan said-- "Yes, they can "opt out", but is that the way Moffat County should do business? Do we really want to "stiff" two local business people?"

It seems when it comes to the way the hospital is doing business, the answer is "yes."

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CindyLou 4 years, 11 months ago

If you look at how the hospital discards employees without cause or concern, backs out of deals with local doctors, and keeps everyone in the dark about how they are actually doing then this makes pretty good sense. It would seem they are sticking with their strategy of "act first, think later" because they have no accountability to you, me, or anyone.

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Ray Cartwright 4 years, 11 months ago

"apply for a $2 million matching fund Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant to purchase a new MRI machine." $60,000 trade-in A new MRI machine would cost about $900,000. I guess I don't see the whole picture or am being misguided again??

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STANHATHHORN 4 years, 11 months ago

TMH Board considers moving facilities"

Let's try to put some perspective to this statement. Not long ago TMH was apparently negotiating to purchase or lease the Told facility to make space for an incoming physician. Then, we were told that space would be made available in the leased MRI building for the new doctor. Just a few days ago (5/2/09) TMH released information that it was studying the feasibility of a 37,000 Sq. foot annex to the new hospital to house local physicians. TMH's resident Service Excellence Officer, Johnston said "building the medical offices was not a question of if, but how". Then, in this (5/8/09) article, TMH stated, "but, with a price tag of more than $7 million, it was not known how the hospital would fund such a building." Now, apparently, the plan is to ditch their obligations on the MRI building and use the old TMH building for physician offices.

As I said in an earlier post, TMH can legally dump the 20 year lease/purchase contract on the building. All counties use the lease/ purchase arrangement, but they are always honored.

It is hard to believe that those TMH Board members that voted 6-1 to adopt the lease would agree to "opt out" of the obligation.

Sue Lyster (Chair), Don Meyers, Melton Sullivan, Brenda Mckey, Missy Bonaker, Ron Danner, Gene Bryant.

Moffat County commissioners Tom Gray and Saad Tyyara, chaired by Darryl Steele also voted unanimously for the lease.

In a few short weeks, there have been four sites proposed for physician offices. Perhaps the "Craig Memorial Press" will clarify this comedy. What are we missing??

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STANHATHHORN 4 years, 11 months ago

Birdchanp,

You have brought up two seemingly exhausted threads that mean little. Is the new hospital on time? Is the price per square foot for a satellite building congruous with new hospital construction? It doesn't matter, none of us can control either factor. Why don't you answer the ethics problems with dumping a contract with two local business persons? Perhaps you can also explain the $ 2,174.000 booked in March in new loan obligations. Why is TMH borrowing more money? You seem to want to attract attention to matters that are not controllable. I'll bet I can identify the donor name on your paycheck!!

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birdchamp 4 years, 11 months ago

STANHATHHORN,

Just throwin' my two cents in.

The Craig Daily Press says the new hospital is on time, so it MUST be true. I don't believe everything I read, but I have seen no evidence to the contrary.

I have no idea if the square foot costs between the satellite building and new hospital construction correlate. It would probably not be a bad idea to look at the cost of similar facilities that have been built in the region.

Did TMH "dump a contract" or were both parties at the end of their obligation?

I have no idea why TMH is borrowing more money.

I am not employed by TMH. nor do I have any financial connections to any donors, board members, etc.

Like I said, just throwin' my two cents in...

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