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New hospital plan to be presented

Board to decide tonight on scope of proposed facility

Joshua Roberts
Michelle Moore squeezes a heart-shaped ball to help with blood flow during the Bonfils Blood Center blood drive Tuesday at the Center of Craig. Moore is the histology coordinator at The Memorial Hospital, and she helps coordinate the blood drive for TMH. More than 30 donors had been through the door in less than an hour of the drive that comes to Craig about once every two months.
David Pressgrove

TMH Board of Trustees

6 p.m. Workshop

7 p.m. Regular meeting

• Call to order by chairman Melton Sullivan

• Agenda review

• Executive session

• Approval of meeting minutes

- July 25 board meeting minutes

- July 26 board meeting minutes

• Opportunity for public to address the board

• Medical staff report

- Aug. 9 medical staff meeting minutes

- Recommendation from the medical executive committee for approval of medical staff privileges

• Joint conference committee report

- Aug. 21 joint conference committee meeting minutes

• Finance committee report

- Aug. 22 finance committee meeting minutes

- Chief financial officer's report on July financial results

• Foundation report

- Aug. 20 foundation committee meeting minutes

• Building committee report

- Aug. 23 building committee meeting minutes

- Recommendation for approval of master facility plan

- Recommendation for approval of architect

• Administration reports

- Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich

- Chief Quality Officer Beka Warren

- Chief Clinical Officer Bob Lindberg

• Other business

• Adjournment

TMH Board of Trustees

6 p.m. Workshop

7 p.m. Regular meeting

• Call to order by chairman Melton Sullivan

• Agenda review

• Executive session

• Approval of meeting minutes

– July 25 board meeting minutes

– July 26 board meeting minutes

• Opportunity for public to address the board

• Medical staff report

– Aug. 9 medical staff meeting minutes

– Recommendation from the medical executive committee for approval of medical staff privileges

• Joint conference committee report

– Aug. 21 joint conference committee meeting minutes

• Finance committee report

– Aug. 22 finance committee meeting minutes

– Chief financial officer’s report on July financial results

• Foundation report

– Aug. 20 foundation committee meeting minutes

• Building committee report

– Aug. 23 building committee meeting minutes

– Recommendation for approval of master facility plan

– Recommendation for approval of architect

• Administration reports

– Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich

– Chief Quality Officer Beka Warren

– Chief Clinical Officer Bob Lindberg

• Other business

• Adjournment

— Questions surrounding the size and scope of a proposed new The Memorial Hospital are expected to be answered during tonight’s hospital board meeting.

The board will hear a presentation from American Health Facilities Development, a Brentwood, Tenn., company, and the hospital’s owner representative. Company officials are scheduled to present a master plan, which contains square footage and a cost estimate for the possible new facility.

George Rohrich, hospital chief executive officer, said Tuesday he didn’t want to reveal any details regarding the master plan until the board had an opportunity to hear tonight’s presentation. However, the CEO said he would recommend the board accept American Health Facilities’ proposal.

“The plan will be presented with a recommendation to approve,” he said.

“(Tonight) is a big step in a series of big steps. It’s an important meeting with an important decision to be made.”

The new hospital would be located on 15 acres west of Shadow Mountain Village. It is the same acreage where Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are hoping to build a future Craig campus.

The cost estimate of the new hospital is a particular detail that could have some ramifications for TMH and local residents.

If the cost estimate is more money than the hospital has available and the ability to borrow, TMH officials could choose to propose a bond issue question for the November general election.

The answer to whether a hospital ballot question will be necessary also could come during tonight’s meeting, Rohrich said.

“It’s all about the next step on where we’re going with this plan,” he said.

The board also is slated to settle on an architect for the hospital project. Six or seven architectural firms submitted qualifications to TMH for the new facility, Rohrich said.

That number was whittled down to three, he said. Those firms made presentations earlier this month to the hospital’s building committee, which has prepared a formal recommendation to the board on which firm to hire for the project.

Tonight’s board meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the hospital’s Platinum Conference Room, 785 Russell St.


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