Planned Granby Medical Campus opts for new location |

Planned Granby Medical Campus opts for new location

Tonya BinaSky-Hi Daily News

Originally planned to be built on Grand Elk property, the future $22 million Granby Medical Campus has found a new home. The Grand County Rural Health Network and Kremmling Memorial Hospital District boards say their July 2 decision to relocate the campus stems from development deadlines that must be met. Uncertainty about critical site development timelines (at Grand Elk) intervened, according to a Rural Health Network press release issued Monday, prompting the move to Grand County property.Grand Elk has spent years and a significant amount of money working through the many issues with Rural Health, said Grand Elk General Manager Steve Bromberg. We were almost to the end, and Rural Health would have had a free land lease and paid only a fraction of the cost of providing their facility with infrastructure.We were working on finalizing a commitment for work to be done, but we couldnt meet their commitment deadline, he added. Rural Health felt that they had to make the decision to move the facility. The bottom line is, we would like to see the project succeed and wish them well. The network and hospital have asked the Grand County commissioners for approval to relocate the medical campus on an 11.4-acre parcel of land owned by the county through a patent with the Bureau of Land Management. The land is south of Granby on the east side of Highway 40 directly east and south of the Grand Elk Ranch & Club administrative offices (the former Timberline Clinic). This land is part of a 51.04 acre parcel, leaving 40 acres for current use. The campus would not interfere with the existing Flying Heels Arena, according to county Commissioner Gary Bumgarner.The outright exemption and rezoning request will be heard by the Grand County Planning Commission on Aug. 13. It will then be published for a public hearing with county commissioners. The hospital district plans to lease the land to the Rural Health Network as the site for the proposed medical facility. If for some reason the campus doesnt happen, the hospital district would deed the land back to the county. The original site contemplated for the campus was a 12-acre parcel of land comprised of two plots, one provided by Grand Elk Ranch and Club, the other provided by Granby Ranch Holdings. Both Granby Ranch and Grand Elk Ranch & Club have been extremely generous in offering to provide land for the new Granby Medical Campus, said Dorri Penny, executive director of the Grand County Rural Health Network. We are grateful they stepped forward to help health care and the people of Grand County.Health officials have received positive indication that the campus is a strong candidate for a $19.5 million HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) guaranteed loan.A total of $19.5 million out of the budgeted $22 million would be financed by a HUD guarantee with the remaining $2.5 million funded through donations and grants, according to the network. The medical campus is set to be completed in early 2010 with construction starting in early 2009. Some grading work could start in 2008.The Kremmling Memorial Hospital District, which owns and operates a hospital and clinic in Kremmling and Timberline Medical Center in Granby, has signed on as the major tenant for the new facility, which would be owned by the Grand County Rural Health Network.People in eastern Grand County have been asking for a centrally located, modern health care facility for a long time now, said Bill Widener, CEO of Kremmling Memorial Hospital. We are committed to moving the project forward. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail