With the Radiology department signed off by the State Department of Health, the Johnson County Healthcare Center's 2012 Construction Project is essentially complete, and their attention will now turn to the next step in their Capital Improvements Plan, the 2016 project to replace the aging Amie Holt Care Center.
Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward updated the Hospital Board of Trustees at their last meeting, saying CTA Architects/Engineers is currently working on preliminary plans for the 2016 project.
Cost estimates by CTA are looking like the nursing home will come in at the $15 to $16 million range as opposed to Ward's estimate of $13 million.
Once preliminary plans are brought to the healthcare center later this fall, Ward said they may have to make changes to the proposed building to get the costs back down to that $13 million threshold.
Issues that will help determine whether or not the healthcare center will continue with the 2016 project include future valuation projections for Johnson County; what will happen to the status of critical care facilities when “Obamacare” finally kicks in; and what the future may hold for small nursing home facilites in the state.