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Hospital renovation plan

June 21, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - Plans to renovate the original 1952 portion of the Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) are moving forward with the Grundy County Board of Supervisor's approval of the hospital project on Monday. The hospital will begin work in spring of 2016 to upgrade the facility's second floor, including a new roof, windows and mechanical systems. Supervisors gave their approval to issue up to $5 million in general obligation bonds to finance the project, which will be repaid by the hospital. The hospital will provide additional funds for the project from its budget. The $7.5 million project will create second floor office space for various hospital departments that are not involved in direct patient care, freeing up valuable first floor space for an expansion of the hospital's specialty clinics. The clinic space was created as part of the hospital's original renovation ten years ago but the clinics have outgrown their current space. More than fifteen medical specialists see patients in the Grundy Center clinic, and more than 7,000 patient visits are recorded each year.

"We're extremely happy with the board's support for our request," remarked hospital CEO Jennifer Havens. "We appreciate their responsiveness to the needs of the hospital, and their willingness to help in any way as we continue to meet the health care needs of Grundy County and beyond."

"Plans have been underway for many years to address the leaking roof and heating and cooling systems in the original hospital structure. Combining the project with an expansion of our clinic space is an exciting prospect, and we're very pleased to be able to proceed," said Havens. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete, which means the renovated portion will likely be complete as the hospital marks its 65th anniversary in 2017.



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