Marysville, KS—Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) ceremonially broke ground on November 17th for a replacement hospital that will advance the way healthcare is delivered for decades to come. The $17.3 million, 25-bed critical access hospital is one of the largest projects in county history not just in terms of cost, but in terms of social and economic impact.
A groundbreaking photo shoot was held at the hospital at 1 PM with CMH Board of Directors, special guests, and staff donning hard hats and gold shovels. The formal program at Marysville City Hall started at 2 PM with welcome and opening remarks by Curtis Hawkinson, president and chief executive officer of Community Memorial Healthcare. “Today marks the beginning of a new era in healthcare in our community,” said Hawkinson. “Our new facility will be dedicated to providing superior care to families and children in northeast Kansas and southeast Nebraska. The new CMH and its dedicated physicians and caregivers will change the face of healthcare,” he added.
Dr. Randall Brown, speaking on behalf of the CMH Medical Staff, shared his thoughts about the new hospital facility from a medical perspective. “Our goal is to provide the best medical care and provide it in a rural situation to the people of our city and our community.” He added, “We look forward to being able to practice medicine in our new facility. We think it will be an asset, not only to health care, but to the entire community.”
Tim Kitchens, Project Manager, spoke on behalf of Hoefer Wysocki Architects. Hoefer-Wysocki Architects of Kansas City, MO designed the new hospital facility. “We have put together a more efficient hospital and one that will be pleasing to both staff and patients, and something that the community will be proud of as a whole,” Kitchens stated.
Bill Spillar, Assistant Vice-President for JE Dunn Construction, was present, along with John Johnston, Senior Project Manager, Dave Underwood, Project Manager; and Tim Taylor, Superintendent. JE Dunn Construction of Kansas City, MO serves as general contractor. Demolition on the site has begun. Construction will take 16 months with completion of the building expected by spring of 2011. “Keeping a good vibrant hospital and a building facility like this will help Marysville for many years to come, said Spillar. “We will stay in budget and on schedule,” he added.
“This ceremonial groundbreaking marks a truly momentous day for Community Memorial Healthcare and the entire community,” said Curtis Hawkinson. “The new hospital will allow us to reach more people with new services, to improve patient outcomes, and to enhance patient safety and comfort. We were also very deliberate in designing the site and building to allow future expansion in several directions as growth dictates.”