New Nursing Home Move-In Tentatively Set For Mid-April

JCHC Board of Trustees
JCHC Board of Trustees

Johnson County Healthcare Center Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward gave an update on the 2018 Capital Construction Project to the board of trustees at a recent meeting, saying the tentative move-in for the new nursing home facility has been set back to the third week in April.

Ward said he suspects it could actually slip even further back to the end of April or early May.

He said there are concerns associated with the project, where the healthcare center is sharing their plans with the State Department of Health, who is then reviewing them and requiring changes in the project. He gave an example of the outdoor canopies at the entrances of both the hospital itself and the new nursing home, which after review by the State Board of Health, is requiring fire-suppression sprinkler systems to be fitted both to the nursing home and the existing canopy.

Ward said he is becoming increasingly concerned with the final survey and what the healthcare center might be required to do to have the BOH sign off on the project.

The project has used $170,000 of the $400,000 set aside in the contingency fund, and Ward expects to use nearly all of the contingency fund on various unforeseen issues before the project is complete.

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