Questions and Answers
Why do we need to build a new hospital?
A replacement hospital is being considered to assure the continuing long term success of
There are a number of issues and concerns with the current facility such as:
Ø The original
Ø A new facility will be designed with an emphasis on patient privacy, comfort and confidentiality.
Ø The exterior of the building is deteriorating and will require and has been costly to maintain and repair. Background: The brick is deteriorating on the outside of the original building and most windows need to be replaced throughout the building. The out of date building causes very high energy use resulting in high costs and is not environmentally friendly.
Ø The water heater, boilers and sanitary waste systems are beyond their life expectancy.
Background: These systems require repair that will:
ü Disrupt and inconvenience our patients
ü Do not meet modern standards for patient care
ü Replacement parts are no longer available and are no longer cost effective to repair.
Ø We have reached capacity limitations for AHU (air handling units) Background: The air handling units provide air exchanges in the building as well as air conditioning.
Ø We have reached capacity limitations for our electrical system.
Ø Fire, smoke and damper systems require upgrades.
What will a new hospital accomplish?
Those issues listed above are some of the reasons why our current hospital building should be replaced. There are many reasons why a new
Ø Enhance patient safety, privacy and comfort. Background: The new facility will be designed with the needs of the patient first and foremost. Features of the new building will provide a safer environment for patients and will improve the quality of care as well as patient privacy and comfort.
Ø Enhance Physician and staff recruitment and retention. Background: This is certainly one of the greatest challenges we will face in the future as the current physician and certain staff shortages continue to grow nationally and especially in rural communities. The new facility will improve our efforts to recruit and retain physicians, providers and staff. A modern hospital presents a more desirable work environment.
Ø A new
Ø Provide momentum for future community/industrial development efforts. Background: City of
When will the new hospital be built?
This is a very tentative timeline that will depend on Board, RHSJ and Aspirus action, land acquisition and the climate of the credit market:
Project/Budget Approvals – May/June 2010
Building Design – finish in late summer 2010
Break Ground – Fall 2010
Construction Ends – Spring 2012
Razing of old building – Summer 2012
Where will the new hospital be built?
The plan is to build the new hospital to the north of the current building. The hospital is in the process of acquiring 4.5 acres of land from the City of
How much will it cost?
We are targeting a total cost not to exceed $45 million.
How will you pay for it?
Who is designing and building the new hospital?
Miron Construction is the company that has been chosen to build the new hospital. They were chosen based on their experience building hospitals and their focus on creating the ideal patient experience.
Eppstein-Uhen is the Architectural firm that will design our new hospital. They have been nationally recognized for their work in health care and are committed to designing a facility that will incorporate the best features of modern design and minimize our building’s “carbon footprint” throughout its lifespan.
Will local contractors be used?
Yes, we will utilize local contractors and have discussed with the General Contractor to assure that local contractors will be able to bid and work on the project wherever possible.
What about the
What will happen to the skywalk?
There is no definitive answer at this point in the project as to what will happen with the skywalk. It may be cost and structurally prohibitive to attempt to attach the skywalk to the new hospital.
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