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Hospital announces building purchase

January 24, 2016
Reinbeck Courier


The Grundy County Memorial Hospital has announced its plans to purchase the building now occupied by the Grundy County REC, which is located directly north of the hospital. The agreement with the REC calls for the hospital to take possession of the building on March 1.

"The chance for the hospital to acquire a building and land that borders our current facility is an exceptional opportunity," says Jennifer Havens, hospital CEO. "We are very pleased that the Grundy County REC board turned to the hospital when they were seeking a new location." A real estate purchase agreement between the hospital and the REC has recently been approved by the boards of both organizations.

Havens says the future use of the 13,000 square foot building and land is in the planning stages. She says the hospital has been in preliminary discussions with the Grundy Family YMCA board regarding the use of the building. She says there are no plans for any hospital services to move to the building next door in the immediate future. "Health care services are shifting from inpatient care to outpatient, and while our present campus meets our needs, we must look ahead. As our hospital Board of Commissioners works to insure the long term viability of the hospital, it makes sense to have ownership and control of the space that surrounds our hospital's current footprint even if the space may not be used for hospital services in the foreseeable future."

In 2015, the hospital announced its plans to remodel the final portion of its original building that has been untouched in two previous remodeling and expansion projects in 2004 and 2009. The second floor of the 1952 building will receive a new roof, fascia, and windows, as well as an interior renovation. When complete, the second floor will accommodate all business and administrative offices, which will move from their present first floor space to allow for the expansion of the hospital specialty clinics. Renovation work will begin this spring.

"We are experiencing tremendous growth in our outpatient services, including the specialty provider clinic," says Havens. "We are committed to meeting the present and future health care needs of the rural communities we serve, and planning for future building and space needs is an important part of our commitment."

The agreement between the hospital and REC will allow the REC to continue to work from the location while its new facility is constructed in the Grundy Center Development Park north of Grundy Center.



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