TMH seeks public input on new site |

TMH seeks public input on new site

Amy Hamilton

Officials at The Memorial Hospital officials are seeking public input on three proposed sites for a new hospital.

An advisory committee made up of about a dozen people will provide a recommendation to the hospital’s board of trustees, who ultimately will make a final decision, which is expected by the first of the year.

“This will be a very good exercise to get the pulse of the community,” said hospital Administrator Randy Phelps. “We will be part of the process here to listen to all the points that our committee brings up.”

Community members chosen for the committee will be responsible for attending four meetings through mid-December. Those interested should write, e-mail or call TMH spokeswoman Pam Thompson by Friday.

Hospital officials have identified three potential sites for a partial replacement hospital. The Wilson and Kloos properties are off U.S. Highway 40. Property owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College is west of Shadow Mountain Village across Moffat County Road 7.

Hospital officials said they wanted to include community members in the advisory group who may be affected by the placement of a new hospital.

That may mean residents living in the Ridgeview subdivision area or others along U.S. 40.

Community members not chosen for the advisory committee have a chance to express concerns during a 6 p.m. Dec. 6 meeting at Craig’s Holiday Inn and at upcoming TMH board meetings.

TMH board meetings are the third Wednesday of each month, the next of which is Wednesday.

“This is a bit more of a formal process now that we’re getting down to the wire,” TMH board member Ron Danner said.

“We’ve had meetings on this before, but those were more for due diligence. We want to come down to the final decision soon,” he said.

TMH’s new replacement hospital is expected to be a 53,000 square-foot project.

After the new building is constructed, its current location should house administrative and business offices, Phelps said.

A TMH board member should serve as an ex-officio position on the advisory committee, Danner said.

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