Hospital on track to receive $1 million grant |

Hospital on track to receive $1 million grant

The Memorial Hospital soon may have the money to begin building the infrastructure for its new facility.

Members of the hospital gave a presentation Wednesday to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in Steamboat Springs requesting a $1 million grant. The request was preliminarily approved.

Randy Phelps, the hospital administrator, said TMH submitted an application to DOLA for its April 1 grant cycle explaining the need for the grant.

DOLA has three cycles of grants — April, August and December. TMH’s grant request was the top priority for the county in April.

The executive director of DOLA, Michael Beasley, will make the final decision, which typically occurs in three weeks, on whether TMH receives the grant.

Since 1995, DOLA has given Moffat County entities more than $10 million in grants from its Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund.

If the grant is accepted, Ron Danner, the building committee chairman for TMH, said the money would be used for utilities and building roads and sidewalks.

The total cost for the new hospital is $4 million, with $750,000 coming from Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the rest funded by the TMH capital campaign and hospital reserves.

If the grant request is denied, Phelps said, TMH will be in a tough spot. The grant would enable TMH to start the infrastructure, he said.

“We were ecstatic,” he said. “This is a major step forward and without that step we were going to have to find another million. That’s huge.”

Danner was pleased the DOLA committee preliminarily approved the energy and impact grant.

“It’s an appropriate use of funds from the perspective of Moffat County,” he said. “This area generates a lot of energy.”

Phelps said the grant would not have been a possibility without the support of the community.

“We are deeply appreciative of the support from the city and county,” he said.

“We would also like to thank DOLA for making this happen.”

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