Thanks to a gift of $6.9 million from Glenn Korff’s estate to the Foundation for Thayer County Health Services, a new Rehab and Wellness Center will be built off the north side of the hospital. Construction on the Rehab and Wellness Center will begin in August 2015 and will lead into a hospital renovation project.
For the past year, the hospital board and administration have been working on a hospital renovation plan. This project is necessary to update areas of the hospital original to when it was built in 1968. The kitchen/cafeteria no longer meets state requirements and must be updated. The project will also update various mechanical and electrical systems, some of which are original to the hospital. The cost for these two key components of the project total almost $5 million.
When looking at a renovation project, it was important for us to also look at other areas of the hospital to see if patient care could be improved. This led to identifying a need to separate the emergency room, specialty clinic and Labor & Delivery. Currently they are collocated within a shared space in the hospital and separating them would:
• Give the Specialty Clinic more space to accommodate two or more visiting physicians
• Space to add a chemotherapy room and a second operating room.
• Allow the emergency room to be closer to the nurse’s station. This would improve patient care and staff efficiency.
• Provide private birthing suites for new Mom’s and their families.
The total cost for the hospital renovation and expansion project is $14.8 million. With the gift from Mr. Korff’s estate, the remaining project cost is $7.9 million – with the majority of that cost being items that have to be updated. The remaining components of the project will improve and add more services for our patients. It is also important to remember that although TCHS is a county facility; this project will not require any new tax dollars to be imposed on the residents of Thayer County. The remaining project costs will be paid for by the Foundation’s capital campaign and through local bank financing.
TCHS is committed to providing our patients with quality, local healthcare. This project continues that commitment and begins a new chapter in prevention. For anyone wanting to get or stay healthy, this project will provide the tools to improve your overall health. Having quality healthcare services in Thayer County not only benefits patients, but it has a huge impact on the local economy. A modern hospital is one of the key factors people consider when deciding where to live and raise a family. The new rehab and wellness center will be a great opportunity for county residents to improve or maintain their quality of life through education and fitness.
TCHS is grateful to Glenn Korff and is excited about this project. If you would like to learn more about the project, we invite you to attend one of our public presentations.
Presentations are being planned throughout Thayer County and are a great opportunity to learn about this project and the future of healthcare in Thayer County. It will also be a chance for you to ask questions regarding the project. We look forward to meeting with you and answering your questions.