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Granby: Health network approves Granby medical campus

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

The prospect of augmented medical services in Grand County got a shot in the arm last week as the Grand County Rural Health Network approved a $23 million Granby medical campus.

The campus is scheduled to be completed by 2010.

“This new medical campus, when built, will represent the realization of one of our major health care goals in Grand County,” said pharmacist and rural health network board president Carl Marsh, in a press release issued Wednesday. “This new facility will provide improved, expanded and convenient health care for Grand County citizens, bringing new services to the east side of the county.”

Studies have shown that well in excess of half the health care dollars spent by county residents leak outside Grand County.

A 12-acre tract north of City Market and west of Highway 40 has been set aside by Grand Elk Ranch and Club, Granby Ranch and the state land board for the campus to help remedy that statistic.

The future facility will be owned by the Network and is planned to have 24-hour emergency services with expanded treatment space, a heli-pad and ambulance bay, as well as overnight observation beds.

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Other medical services could include outpatient surgery, and an imaging center with CT, ultrasound, mammography, bone density screening and possible MRIs. Space will also be available for mental health services, public health and home health services, Network officials say.

The Kremmling Memorial Hospital District has signed on as the major tenant in the future facility. The district, which operates the hospital and clinic in Kremmling and Timberline Medical Center in Granby, is in negotiations with Centura Hospital Systems (St. Anthony’s) for a cooperative venture concerning the new campus. Centura owns and operates the Granby Medical Center and Seven Mile Clinic in Winter Park.

About $19.5 million of the project’s total cost will be financed with a loan financed by tax-exempt bonds, according to the release.

The remainder would be covered by grants and fundraising.

Since an estimated $1.2 million in pre-construction expenses may be incurred from March 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009, in the resolution approved last week, the Grand County Rural Health Network agreed to execute an agreement with the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District “outlining source of funds for these costs as a condition of approval to proceed with the project.”

The Kremmling district passed a similar resolution in November mirroring the Network’s intent.

Financial feasibility studies, which outlined the need for “improved access to care and a reduction of out-migration for services that could be provided locally,” proved encouraging to both the Network board in its decision to move forward and Kremmling Memorial Hospital District’s, the release states.

In tandem with the medical campus, the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District has plans to embark on construction of a replacement facility for its current hospital in Kremmling. That facility would be built on a 35-acre site that has been purchased northeast of Kremmling off U.S. Highway 40. Plans show that project would include inpatient acute and skilled nursing beds, surgery, 24-hour emergency service, diagnostic and therapeutic services and primary and specialty clinics (Mountain Valley Medical Clinic).

Since it was founded, the Grand County Rural Health Network has implemented the local ACHES and Health Advisor programs, among other projects.

The recent Granby Medical Campus approval marks a major milestone for the organization, formed eight years ago to improve and expand health care in Grand County.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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