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- More project visualization images can be found on this pdf.
Why is a remodel necessary?
This building remodel project is extremely important to many aspects of our operations as a health care facility. The remodel will foster a more conducive environment to caring for patients, make the facility more handicap accessible, improve patient flow, be more secure for staff and patients, and allow us to continue to deliver a higher quality of care in the future.
We feel that this building remodel will secure our place in the region as a primary care health system and allow us to continue our important work for our communities. The following are areas in our facility that require immediate attention:
- American Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance – all entrances and patient rooms must be made handicap accessible.
- Building codes – we are currently grandfathered in on many codes that were implemented after the hospital’s construction such as room sizes, temperature control, etc. Several areas no longer meet today’s care standards.
- Patient flow – the layout of the facility needs many upgrades to improve how patients move through the system and make it easier to access multiple services.
- Infrastructure – many large systems need replaced such as the boiler system, etc. in the near future.
- Patient safety – many areas are lacking current safety measures such as sprinkler systems, etc.
- Patient comfort – improvements need to be made to increase patients’ comfort during their stay such as increased privacy, closer proximity to ancillary services, and other considerations including respite care and space for families and visitors.
- Increased staff efficiency – improvements need to be made to overcome some currently burdensome work processes to increase the coordination of care.
- Enhanced ability to recruit medical professionals.
- Improve Patient Flow and access by enhancing service entrances and clinical areas.
- Remodel and expand Surgery Department to update and allow for improved and expanded specialty procedures.
- Reconfigure Emergency Room to properly separate trauma and ambulatory patients, create private treatment space and create infectious patient isolation to meet requirements.
- Add office space to eliminate the need for the separate downtown office.
- All remodeled areas will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Consolidate Security Camera and access control systems.
- Create efficient work flows, an issue for small rural hospitals is the proper staffing of ER, outpatient care and inpatient acute care. Resolving these separate silos of care allows staff to focus more on patient care.
- Renovate Dietary Department.
- Remodel existing patient rooms to create ADA approved bathrooms and increase room size to meet Federal guidelines.
- Build new single occupancy acute medical-surgical care rooms including one isolation room.
- Create a Family Care Unit for end-of-life care where families of patients can stay comfortably; can accommodate OB if services are reinstated.
- Renovate existing space to create more functional outpatient care services.
- Expand Physical Therapy and relocate near an entrance and curbside parking.
- Replace aged infrastructure systems such as boiler, oxygen, heat and air, electrical, etc.
The total budget for the hospital renovation is $13.7 million. This includes:
- all construction costs to remodel the existing facility, including safety upgrades and bringing all areas of the facility into compliance with current regulatory codes,
- all construction costs to add approximately 8,000 square feet of additional space in certain areas,
- purchase of needed medical equipment, furniture, fixtures,
- land acquisitions, and additional paved parking spaces.
The total project cost of $13.7 million would be financed over 20 years resulting in a mill levy impact of 17.75 mills to fund the entirety of the project.
The taxpayers of Greeley County would not be solely responsible for funding the project. As a critical access hospital, we are reimbursed by Medicare for certain expenses. Medicare will reimburse the hospital for approximately 60% of the interest and depreciation expense over the life of the bond issue of this project. As a result, the amount of local property tax needed to repay the bonds will be reduced. Other hospital remodel projects in the area have been funded with the help of Medicare such as Scott County and Atwood. In addition to Medicare reimbursement, the Greeley County Health Services Board plans to pursue additional funding sources through fundraising and pursuing state and federal grant opportunities.
Mill Levy Impact
What a 17.75 mill levy increase would mean to Greeley County taxpayers:
- A residential home in town valued at $100,000 would be an additional $17.01 per month (56¢ per day).
- A commercial business property valued at $100,000 would be an additional $36.98 per month ($1.22 per day).
- 160 acres of dry crop land at a median use value would be an additional $4.97 per month (3¢ per acre per month); 160 acres of irrigated crop land at a median use value would be an additional $22.79 per month (14¢ per acre per month).
Upcoming Community Meetings
Community Tour of Hospital Facility
Tuesday, April 18
Greeley County Hospital
2nd Community Conversation
Thursday, April 27
Greeley County 4-H Building
There will be additional smaller meetings held throughout the community as well. Times, dates, and locations TBA
620-376-4221 ext 151
This email address has been set up for community members that may have questions or concerns about the building remodel. Community members can email their questions or call the hospital and expect a quick and direct answer from Burke Kline, CEO.