The review plans to look at the location and space allocation of existing facilities, strategic planning and architectural services for the hospital. The board rejected a larger Master Planning Service Plan for $35,775, which included the assessment.
“The concern with the master facility plan was that we were not quite ready for major renovations,” said Hospital CEO Lisa Coleman. “We do have $30,000 in the budget for a master plan. We’re in a growing mode and expect some growing pains. The question we have to ask is at what speed to grow at.”
Coleman said that unless the hospital underwent a major overhaul, the expenditure on a master plan could be wasted as data gathered became obsolete. “Right now, we need a surgery department and space for our physicians. These areas of need have limited what we can do.” She added that the assessment served as a road map for additions and renovation, but did not provide all of the details of the master plan.
“Surgery can be a cash cow for the hospital. We would not have to see as many patients there as we would in physical therapy, for example, to be profitable,” said Coleman. “The physicians I have talked to believe that this is a primary care function we can provide in this facility. We’re limited from doing this at this time by the facility itself.”
More on the Hospital Board can be read in The Cadiz Record.