Time to Finish… Building a Healthier Community!
Now more than ever, local healthcare is important for a community. The Power County Hospital District appreciates the immense support of the community passing the 2017 bond that has enabled updates to the nearly 60 year old facility. The renovations have already changed and added many exciting new future opportunities for better local care. Unfortunately, construction costs increased an unexpected 25% since project estimates began in 2016 making completion of the original project unattainable within the current budget. The PCHD Board of Trustees are now providing the community the opportunity to finish the renovations with a general bond request for $2.95 million dollars on the May 19, 2020 ballot. The cost is estimated at $20.24 per $100,000 of taxable assessed property value, per year. A home valued at $150,000 would pay approximately $1.27 per month for the bond.
The additional funds would help us to complete the original project plans to finish updating the facility for a completely new building that better meets everyone’s care needs now and into the future:
- NEW physical, occupational, speech therapy building
- Updates to the north and south entrances
- Completion of upper east hospital wing for billing & administration functions
- Landscaping around the facility
- Updates to aging equipment in the pharmacy, elevator, kitchen fridge-freezer, patient beds/furniture, etc.
Why the Extra Money Now?
The area economy changed drastically from 2016 estimates for the bond to the 2018 actual bidding of the project- an unexpected 25% increase impacting our ability to finish all of the original plans! Several cuts have already been made to the project to stay on budget with patient areas as a priority, but it cannot all be completed without additional funding! It’s cheaper to finish the project now while we have the crews here to do it. If crews have to leave to do other jobs and return later, the cost will increase to remobilize and construction costs are predicted to continue rising, so it will not get any cheaper than now to get it all done. Interests rates are also at an all time low to save everyone in financing the project with completion now.
In the winter of 2016, the Power County Hospital District Board of Trustees and Administration strategic planning outlined the proposal to begin pursuing preliminary plans and drawings for a total renovation of the 55 year-old CAH hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility. The Administration and staff began the crusade to secure a community capital renovation bond in the Summer of 2016 to secure the funds for the estimated $15.25 million dollar project.
The first community bond failed in November 2016 with a 59.78% approval, but needed a supermajority 66.6%. The second bond election was held in May 2017 with a 69% approval from the community for $14.95 million dollars of the renovation cost and the District to make up the difference for a total project of $15.25 million. The Board and Administration then moved forward in 2017 with architect drawings and construction phasing preparations. Construction bid packages went out in spring 2018 for the project. The architect firm used on this project is Myers-Anderson from Pocatello and the Construction Management company selected was Construction Services, Inc. from Pocatello. We are excited to be working with both companies and their strong local ties to our area to do our community proud with this project!
The District started Phase 1 in January 2018 with the remodel of the new X-ray room. The room was completely updated with including the installation of a new digital, wireless X-ray system- state of the art and a first in our region! May 2018 kicked-off things with a bang and lots of excavation work to the property. The following work is now completed as part of Phase 1:
- The X-ray room was completed gutted and updated along with the addition of new digital imaging technology!
- Retaining walls were added to the Southeast side of the property.
- New cables, fiber, power, and plumbing systems were installed with the excavation work.
- The upper parking lot area was excavated, expanded, and recently opened in October 2018.
- A new machine room/shop and upper Laboratory were added.
- The first 3 hospital rooms in the East wing were fully renovated for inpatient and outpatient services, and completed for patient use in October 2018.
- The West side of the property was excavated for pillars and work to come for a new covered parking garage and elevated helipad.
All of the Phase 2 areas were completed by the end of November including the following elements and areas:
- New helipad opened the end of July and continues to be available for use with emergency air transfers.
- New parking garage is now complete (10/10/19) and available for visitor, patient or staff parking.
- The front lower parking lot is also complete for use (10/10/19). This is a one-way traffic drive through from Gifford to Roosevelt Street now.
- Renovations of the east upper floor with NEW laboratory and offices is now completed for use.
- New main mechanical systems are now installed for operation (electrical, plumbing, computer, medical gas, fire suppression, etc.) As we move forward with renovating other areas, we will tie-in to the new system to update everything in the building by the end of the project.
- 13 of the 21 New Nursing Home rooms are now complete for resident use along with a new family room and beauty room.
- 7 of the 10 new private hospital rooms are now complete for patient use along with a new central supply, emergency room, and nurse station completion.
Phase 3… being completed now
Phase 3 is already underway to continue updating old areas of the facility. Areas now being renovated include:
- New Nursing Home nurses station, staff offices, and completion of more resident private rooms.
- New ER and OP entrance with admission’s offices.
- New large emergency room, exam room, pharmacy, and radiology suite area.
- Complete exterior work around the property and brickwork to the building.
The District wishes to thank the community for its patience during this project and continued support with the use of services. We are still open 24-7 during this time to take care of your healthcare needs! We know it has been challenging throughout this project, but the results will be a better facility for patients, providers, staff and the community. Check back regularly to see the continued progress as we build for better services and a healthier community! If you have any questions regarding the renovations, need help with access, please call Dallas or Jackie at 208-226-3200.