Cascade Valley Hospital expects to save money with new contracting procedure

ARLINGTON The Cascade Valley Hospital expansion and renovation project has received approval for a contracting procedure that CVH Administrator and CEO Clark Jones has touted as a means of saving both time and money.
On June 15, the Public Hospital District Project Review Board unanimously approved the use of the general contractor/construction manager contracting procedure for the planned expansion and renovation of CVH.
The GC/CM procedure allows the contractor to be selected early enough in the design process of the expansion and renovation project that the contractor can contribute to the provisions of professional cost estimating, value engineering, planning, scheduling and constructability review services.
Jones explained that approval of the GC/CM procedure allows a general contractor and architect to be hired to work together on designing the project. By the end of the design process, the contractor will give CVH a guaranteed price, to ensure the final cost of the project will not exceed the $45 million bond approved by voters in May.
The ultimate benefit to the hospital will be that well be able to begin construction a year earlier than we would have with the standard construction bid process, said Jones, who predicted that the groundbreaking could take place by next spring.
Jones reported that the board has received at least four packets from prospective construction managers. Design teams consisting of staff representatives from each hospital department will begin the schematic design process during the week of July 9. The process to select a general contractor is underway and a selection will be made by the end of August.
Public Hearing
The Public Hospital District will conduct a public hearing July 10 at 7 p.m. in the CVH conference room, to receive comments on the boards approval of the GC/CM procedure.
Staff Reduction
Jones noted that, even as CVH prepares for 58,000-square-feet of new construction and the renovation of 52,000-square-feet of existing facility, its staff of approximately 430 has recently been reduced by 12 positions.
Most of them were administrative positions, Jones said. There will be very little adjustment to patient care. Its a top-down cost-cutting measure, to bring our expenses more in line with our revenues.
Dr. David Janeway added that the CVH campus is now smoke-free, for both patients and employees, which he described as bringing it in line with the rest of the hospitals in the region.
If a patient decided to leave the hospital grounds to smoke, they will have to go through the admission process all over again upon his return, Janeway said. If a patient wants a nicotine patch, one will be made automatically available to him. At the other hospitals where this policy has been instituted, the attitude seems to have been, If we really cant smoke, then we just wont. Its in the best health interests of the patients.

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