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Community Memorial Healthcare Moves Closer to Completion

Community Memorial Healthcare Moves Closer to Completion

Marysville, KS —- Construction of Community Memorial Healthcare’s (CMH) new $17.3 million hospital facility has gone according to plan. Hospital officials say work on the new building should be complete in less than three months. “We’re on schedule,” CMH CEO Curtis Hawkinson said, adding the hospital is planning to begin moving into the new building in mid February. “Construction has gone smoothly.”

Hawkinson said the new hospital is true to the final building plan. Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems are fully operational. Construction and finishing work is progressing quickly. Sheetrock installation is nearly complete, with drywall crews installing 35,000 square feet of sheetrock per week. Over 80% of the painting is done, and floors and cabinets are being installed. Overall, the new hospital building is nearly 85% complete.

The new critical access hospital will have twenty-five patient rooms, 15 of which are private, 4 are semiprivate, and two are labor and delivery rooms. The new facility will feature vast improvements in accessibility, enhanced services and patient privacy.

“Once our staff has moved into the new facility, demolition of the old hospital will commence, and the parking lot and landscaping will begin,” Hawkinson said. The entire project’s completion date is set for June of 2011. A grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting is planned for the community.

During the transition of moving into the new facility and demolishing the old, parking may become a challenge. CMH will strive to accommodate patients and visitors by creating a temporary parking lot along 19th Street between Marysville Clinic and Community Physicians Clinic.

Many small, critical access hospitals have been renovating and/or replacing structures built as far back as the 1950s, so they can better serve the growing number of patients needing outpatient surgery and emergency-room care. Officials from small rural hospitals know they can’t compete with the highly specialized and trauma services offered by larger urban hospital facilities. But more-modern outpatient surgical, rehabilitation and ER facilities can help the smaller hospitals survive by giving patients — especially baby boomers and older patients needing more health care to remain independent — fewer reasons to leave town.

“Having up-to-date facilities is critical,” said Hawkinson. When the original hospital building opened in 1958, most patients were admitted for several days to undergo surgical procedures, he said. Now, much of CMH’s care is provided on an outpatient basis. “Newer facilities also can help hospitals attract and retain doctors,” he added. CMH is currently recruiting a new family practitioner for its Marysville Clinic.

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