Hospital bond set for May 15 ballot
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:34 PM
Voters will be asked to approve $45 million project
ARLINGTON Just how much is your health care worth?
Voters will be asked to answer that question when a $45 million bond issue for the Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics appears on a May 15 ballot
If passed, the $45 million bond would fund a proposed project to renovate and expand the current CVHC facilities, to keep pace with advances in the healthcare field and the growing population within its service area. Jones estimated the bond would amount to 81 cents per $1,000 of assessed property tax valuation, resulting in a 25-year repayment schedule.
Jones explained that the proposed project would employ the general contractor construction manager process in an effort to save time and expenses. This process would bring in the architect, construction manager and project manager for the project at the same time, at the beginning of the process.
The proposed project would demolish the facility built in 1957 and abandon the spaces, and will replace the approximately 20,000-square-feet of spaces currently used for services, programs and offices in those buildings.
Likewise, planning with department representatives for each of the hospitals services has resulted in proposed expansions of 54,000-square-feet of new space, and renovations of approximately 28,000-square-feet of existing space in the facility built in 1987, for existing services, programs and patient treatment areas, giving the hospital approximately 112,000-square-feet of total space after the proposed project is completed.
Jones predicted the expansions could be ready as early as 2009, while the renovations to the 1987 facility could be finished by 2011, and the demolition of the 1957 facility could be completed by 2012.
Its very important that this community have up-to-date, fully modern medical facilities, Jones said. Weve just plain outgrown our old facilities. We need to embrace new technology and meet the demands of population growth.
Jones cited the 150 percent increase in the CVHCs numbers of patients within the past decade, from 29,335 in 1996 to 68,645 in 2006, while also pointing to its status as the second-largest employer in the community.