Top 10 questions about new medical center |

Top 10 questions about new medical center

Eric Murry / HealthCare PerspectiveGrand County, CO Colorado

The construction of the new medical center, scheduled to open early 2012 in Granby, has generated a lot of questions from the public. I sat down with Cole White, Chief Financial Officer of Kremmling Memorial Hospital and got his answers. Here are the top ten questions with brief answers:10. Is the Grand County Rural Health Network building the medical center?Kremmling Memorial Hospital District took over the lead on the Middle Park Medical Center project in late 2007. Kremmling Memorial Hospital District conducted the feasibility study and attained the financing. This project was based on principles and community feedback developed by the Network over the years, but the hospital is leading the project solely.9. Why is it being built in Granby?Granby is the population hub of the east side of Grand County. The land was also donated by Grand Ranch Holdings, LLC. 8. Is it a hospital?More of health care is taking place in an outpatient setting, rather than the more traditional inpatient hospital setting. You can receive virtually every service of a hospital except for extended stays. The medical center will have ER, radiology, laboratory, observation beds, family practice, visiting specialty physicians, rehabilitation services, out-patient surgery and two, 23-hour observation beds.7. Can I keep my primary care physician and still receive care at the new medical center?One of our main goals is to promote health care across the county. Physicians not affiliated with Middle Park Medical Center are welcome to refer their patients for radiology or labs or surgical services, but for primary care they can still have their primary care physician. A goal with the medical center is to assist physicians in taking care of their patients with support services.6. Why was the name, “Middle Park Medical Center” chosen?We felt the name signified a more regional approach to health care. It helps tie in the entire region whether your coming from Fraser, Granby, Winter Park, Hot Sulphur, or Kremmling. 5. How can the new medical center make enough money to sustain for years to come?We know that roughly 80 percent -90 percent of all health care related services are utilized outside of the county. Between all of the primary care providers within the county, a good estimate is around $20 million worth of healthcare services purchased within the county. So, if $20 million is provided within the county and that amounts to only 10 percent -20 percent of the total health care dollars demanded, then that number extrapolates to a big number, possibly upwards of $200,000,000. Part of our forecasting model is based on those projections and our ability to retain a portion of that lost business. Sustainability is our number one goal. We know that there are somewhere between 12,000-14,000 full-time, year-round residents in Grand County, so we know the market exists. The problem is the net out-migration of health care from those who have felt they couldn’t get all of their health care needs met here in the county and as a result go down to the front range for services. With the development of Middle Park Medical Center in Granby, we believe people will be more apt to stay put and receive their health care services in the county.4. How is the capital construction financed?The Middle Park Medical Center project in Granby was financed with revenue bonds, backed by lease payments to the Middel Park Facilities Corporation. The District liability is limited to the lease.3. What is the relationship with Centura Health who owns Granby Medical?We each signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July which states that we each agree to look into ways to share in the delivery of services. They have been very receptive to all of our dialogue and are eager to participate with us on this project. Right now we are still developing the structure of how that might look. We are confident that when we finally open the doors we will be partnering in some fashion.2. Will the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District seek to expand its taxing boundaries to include the rest of Grand County?There are no plans to expand the tax district. This possibility was investigated in 2008. There has been no talk of extending the boundaries since 2008. We feel that the money we will be receiving from operations is going to be sufficient to not only fund the debt on the new facility and grow and sustain on that side of the county but to also sustain and grow on the west side of the county as well.1. Will the hospital in Kremmling close?It won’t close. We see that there is a sufficient-size population on the west side of the county to support the hospital. The services that we offer and the frequency of those services is going to change to meet the demand of the people on the west side. Our overall goal, hopefully in 3-5 years, is to secure additional financing and build a facility on the west side of the county that people can be proud of. In the meantime, we are undergoing a beautification process which will include a face-lift to the nurses station, improvements to the patient financial services area and newer fixtures in the clinics and patient rooms.- Eric Murray, MBA, is Public Relations Director for Middle Park Medical Center, Kremmling & Granby

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