KCHS Expansion Phase One Progress
Construction continues on Kearney County Health Services’ expansion and remodel. According to Hospital CEO Fred Meis, the expansion phase is planned to be completed in September of 2012, with the next phase containing a renovation of outpatient facilities and the final phase renovating the emergency room and connected areas, with an anticipated completion date in the fall of 2013.
The new construction and renovation is critical for the future of the 56 year old hospital because the current acute care patient rooms do not meet federal and state mandated standards of care. These mandates must be met to enable the hospital to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement programs. These federal and state programs are imperative to the financial stability of the hospital.
The new 8,600 square foot addition will contain 10 new in-patient private rooms, a new cardiac rehabilitation department and a new reception and admissions area and covered walkway entrance.
One of the new rooms will be an isolation unit for the highly contagious, with air being filtered out, instead of back into the hospital’s air supply.
The new hallway will run parallel to an existing outpatient hallway, with a nursing station planned to connect them.
Piping will run through the roof, negating the need for tunnels under the facility.
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