Future hospital facility plans discussed at RPMH board meeting

Future hospital facility plans were discussed during the August meeting of the Nolan County Hospital District board of directors. Among the items, a follow-up report on the Cardiac Rehab project was given by David White of McKinstry, the company overseeing the construction. After receiving feedback from the board, around $83,000 was cut on the project, bringing the total cost of the building to just over $1.7 million.Some photos were shown and discussed on the amendments made, such as the entry ways, the lighting and reception desk. The facility will still include ADA-accesible parking and boast the same square footage and overall look as before.Initial work on the Cardiac Rehab facility will begin no later than the end of September, with a tentative completion date anywhere between May and July of 2014.In the meantime, demolition has been ongoing toward the remodeling of the old office building, notably with the existing flooring and ceiling. Work will be taking place next week on the fire alarms and sprinklers, and the estimated completion date for this project is toward the end of October.Much discussion, however, was held on the potential Phase Four of construction, which includes additions and renovations to the hospital campus. A dialysis clinic is being considered, while renovations would be made on the operating and recovery rooms, ICU (intensive care unit), and Labor and Delivery.Conceptual drawings were reviewed which could include both renovated and new space. Phase Four would result in a total of four operating rooms--which includes a c-section operating room, while ICU would have private rooms. However, some concern was raised regarding the dialysis clinic, due to the fact that these kind of facilities are waiting as long as 24 months for state inspection. The building must be completely constructed before being placed on the list for inspection, and currently many centers in Texas are awaiting inspection.Additionally, the board discussed the possibility of building a permanent structure for MRI, but at this time the financial impact has not been determined. The only concern raised with an MRI facility would be that it would need to be placed near the Radiology department. At this time, McKinstry is hoping for a clear direction of Phase Four in order to offer a clear proposal to the board for consideration. As the board continues considering facility plans, they are positive about the forward direction of the hospital, as their vision is to have a campus that benefits the community now and in the future.