The Star Valley Medical Center Administration has presented a revised proposal for the expansion of the Emergency Department and Surgery Department of the hospital. The new proposal was given during the Tuesday, May 28 meeting of the hospital board.
A proposed hospital bond to raise $3.5 million for the project failed at the ballot box on Tuesday, May 7. Initial plans were to begin the $9 million project in June 2013 and complete the project over the next 18 months.
The new proposal calls for lengthening the project over three years. The longer construction period will also increase the cost of the project by an estimated 20 percent, according to the new proposal.
The new timeline for the hospital expansion project calls for continuing to work with the architect, moving toward state approval of the project, getting firm numbers of the cost of the project, evaluating existing space within the medical center to see if all space is being utilized effectively and working to refine the scope of the project. That work would take place in June 2013.
Emergency Department construction would begin in June 2014. The Emergency Department would be completed in June 2015 and work would begin on the Surgery Department. That portion of the project would be completed in June 2016.
Throughout the three year project, the medical center would work to set aside an additional $1 million each year in operational funds toward the project. The hospital foundation would work to raise $500,000.
The project financing would be made up of that $3.5 million as well as a $2.5 million loan and $3 million from hospital reserves.
The hospital board approved the June 2013 portion of the timeline and plans to further discuss the expansion project at the next board meeting.