Clinic project set to follow
Plans are emerging for the upcoming expansion of the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Hospital officials met with architects on Tuesday, and hope to have preliminary plan details in about two weeks.
When the hospital trustees meet on Monday, they will be asked to consider purchasing a house that has become available at 1519 West 6th Street, at a cost of approximately $86,000. The home is adjacent to the parking area at the rear of the medical center. According to BVRMC CEO Todd Hudspeth, the home itself would probably be resold to be moved off site, allowing the land to be available for development at some point in the future - possibly for additional parking lot area.
The expansion project could tentatively begin next spring. Phase one would be building a new cafeteria and kitchen area onto the campus, which would allow for a planned expansion of the surgical area into the space now occupied by the food areas of the medical center.
A second phase of growth would be planned to follow with a clinic expansion, although the timeline for that construction is not yet determined.
The clinic expansion is still tentatively planned to include a new dialysis unit - although plans for that service remain up in the air as BVRMC continues to try to negotiate a deal with Renal Ventures.
Original plans called for dialysis services to be located to the Renal Center site in north Storm Lake while the medical center developed its expansion with a new dialysis unit, which would then be operated by Renal Ventures under a cooperative agreement.
The situation has changed somewhat, leaving the two parties to try to negotiate a solution that has not yet been reached, Hudspeth said this week.
So far, there has been little input from dialysis patients and their families, he said, so medical center officials are not certain what their preference would be on the location for the unit.
The second phase of the expansion also includes plans for a new "healing garden."
Cost estimates for the expansion phases have not yet been made.