Plans underway for new medical office building

Plans are underway for a new medical office building that will be located close to the new Golden Plains Community Hospital.Dennis Jack, CEO of GPCH, said plans are to construct an 9,200 square foot building that will house four doctors, the General Surgeon, the Orthopedic Surgeon, the Internal Medicine Doctor and the OB/GYN, in separate areas, as well as the Golden Plains Rural Health Clinic. The hospital is also considering installing dialysis services in the new clinic if it can be determined the need is sufficient in the county. He said the rural health clinic side will have six exam rooms, which is fifty percent more than the current space, and will be laid out better than the existing clinic.“There will be one entrance for the whole building, but then an interior entrance to each of the four locations,” he said.Plans are to house new general surgeon Dr. Neichoy and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hank Landers in this building.“The building will be built to resemble the hospital in exterior finish as much as can be within our limited budget,” Jack said.At the regular meeting of the Hutchinson County Hospital District Board of Directors on Monday, he said plans on the medical office building are moving forward. Happy State Bank has consented to let the district use remaining funds from the hospital project to pay for the new building.He said a timeline is in place for the new building, and if all goes according to plan, a review of the construction plans will take place on July 20. Solicitation of bids will begin July 23, with the first requirement announcement set to be published that day. The second required announcement will be published August 3, the public bid opening will be Aug. 21, and hopes are to sign with a contractor on the new facility on Aug. 24.The cost of the new building will be around $1.2 to $1.4 million. Jack said there are some local contractors interested, and three to four contractors will most likely bid. Plans are to have the building ready by March of 2013.The board approved the timeline for the Medical Office Building, along with a new contract with Ira Chilton of ProjX to design the building that included the cost of the civil engineering work instead of the original contract that would have had the civil engineering cost be paid directly from the district. This will match the contractual arrangement that was used for the hospital, which was a request of the USDA Rural Development office.