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Construction firms to be reviewed for new hospital

Board of directors has received five similar bids from five companies

Josh Nichols

At The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night, board members are scheduled to discuss what firm they want to hire to oversee the construction of a new hospital.

Board member Ron Danner, chairperson for the hospital’s building committee, said the board has received bids from five construction firms.

“Whoever we hire will be our advocate on the construction side of the project,” he said. “Monday night we will discuss what the roles and responsibilities will be of the whoever we hire.”

Meetings have been held with each firm, and TMH Administrator Randy Phelps has said each firm has submitted similar proposals.

The goal, Phelps said, is to have a firm selected by mid August.

At last month’s meeting the board approved the hiring of Innovative Capital LLC from New York to assist in securing a $15 million loan through the Housing and Urban Development Committee (HUD).

Innovative Capital LLC will be paid $20,000 up front, and its job is to make sure everything in the hospital’s plans fits HUD requirements so it can be approved for the loan.

Because a mortgage banker has already been hired, Phelps said at last month’s meeting that it is important that the board make a decision soon on a construction firm because that firm would work in parallel with the mortgage banker.


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