After months filled with discussion and planning, Buena Vista County Hospital is taking the first step for its next building project, which includes a much-awaited women's health center.
"Of course we're excited at this point now that we have the architect signed on," said Lyle Rachuy, chair of the BVCH Board of Trustees. "It's exciting getting to work with (the architect) and finalize how everything is going to fit together."
Hospital administrator Jim Sinek agreed. "I think that the ultimate goal of this is to provide better access to more comprehensive health services for all the people in this region," he said. "That's why it's such an exciting project."
Rachuy said he is not disappointed about having to wait this long for the project to begin.
"The thing you don't want to do on a project like this is to go into something thinking it isn't quite right," Rachuy said. "You don't want to make a mistake."
The women health center, and a physical link between the hospital and clinic building, were first proposed as part of earlier expansion. The board of trustees decided to wrap up the last round of construction and go back to the drawing board before proceeding on this phase, Rachuy said. Having to search for a new administrator in the middle of the planning last year further delayed the project.
The architect, Ruble, Mamura, Moss and Brygger of Sioux City, has a good record for this type of work, Sinek said.
Read the rest of this article in the 11/02 Pilot Tribune.