JCHC Board Concentrating On 2018 Construction Project

JCHC Board Concentrating On 2018 Construction Project

At their monthly meeting Wednesday night the Johnson County Healthcare Center's Board of Trustees discussed the next stage of their Capital Construction Plan, the 2018 project that will add onto the hospital and add a new nursing home facility to the center, if approved by the board.

They first got a final report on the 2012 project that has recently been completed.

Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward said the projected cost of the 2012 project was $12.5 million but actually came in at just under $12 million, including $446,000 in change orders.

The 2018 project is still under discussion and the board has not made a decision to move ahead with the project or not. That decision is expected to be made at either their January or February 2013 meetings.

Numerous factors, such as the cost of maintaining a nursing home facility, regulatory issues facing healthcare facilities, the impacts of Obama-care and valuation in the county and its effect on revenue for the facility will all need to be weighed before a decision is made on the future projects.

Ward told the board he has struggled with whether or not to recommend proceeding with the project, but as of this month's meeting was leaning toward at least moving ahead with the planning portion of the project.

More detailed discussions are expected at their January meeting.

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