Hospital proposes rehab, surgery expansions
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Oct 07, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Proposed expansions of Trigg County Hospital’s surgery and rehabilitation wings were announced at a public hearing attended by several local officials Thursday, but no timetable was given.

Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, Magistrates Larry Lawrence and Kevin Terrell, and George Radford of GFB were all present for the hearing on the projected expansion projects.

Trigg County Hospital Public Relations Director Alisa Coleman said she hopes the hospital can get funding for the projects. She added that the rehabilitation wing, which includes physical, occupational and speech therapy, has reached its maximum capacity.

“We currently do not have the opportunity to do very expansive surgery cases due to the age of our facility,” Coleman said. “They do not have the ability to grow their services.”

Coleman also said there are many “critical cases” that the hospital isn’t able to perform because of the age of the facility. She added that eventually, the hospital wants to move outpatient rehabilitation services out of the main building and into its own building.

The rehabilitation building would not have to be built up to hospital code, since it wouldn’t be physically connected to the hospital, Coleman said.

Humphries said that the project is “aggressive” with the economy the way it is right now, and considering that the hospital has recently adopted cost-cutting measures and other measures meant to help generate revenue.

“With money so tight, and we’re struggling to make everything work out, the idea that building all this will pull the hospital out of financial woes is a bit aggressive,” Humphries said.

Coleman said the hospital has applied for a $300,000 grant through the Delta Regional Authority, and went on to say that she expects to hear back from them “any day now.” She also said that grant would be a “precursor” to permanent funding.

The DRA grant has to do with site preparation and architectural work, which would need to be completed within 18 months of getting the grant, said Coleman.

Coleman said the project is “scalable” and doesn’t have to be completed or even started all at once. She also said she hoped the expansions will encourage more people to use Trigg County Hospital.

She also said that if they have to scale the project down, they could start the rehabilitation project first, since it would be the less costly project, and go from there.

The hospital will have a better idea of the scope of the project once they know how much money they can borrow, said Coleman.
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