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Expansion Updated 10/17/2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TULARE, Calif. (October 8, 2008)
On October 16th at 6 p.m., Tulare residents will be given their first glimpse at Tulare Regional Medical Center’s four-story expansion plans at a public outreach event.
The public unveiling, taking place at Evolutions Fitness & Wellness Center, will include large display images of the new tower’s features as well as a video that will "fly" visitors around and through the four stories. CEO Shawn Bolouki and others will be giving presentations on how the expansion will drive the hospital forward in its goals and positively impact the community and region.
"This expansion could not have taken place without the people of Tulare," said Bolouki. "The passage of the $85 million bond has enabled us to expand just as the healthcare needs of this region are changing and growing. We will now be able to address these needs even more effectively for our community."
This gathering will provide the community its first opportunity to view progress and comment on the expansion, which will be the springboard to the hospital's goals of improving the health of people throughout the region. The construction groundbreaking is set for early 2010 with the tower set for completion in 2012. The first floor will house a 26 bed emergency department; the second floor six surgery suites; the third floor 16 private birthing rooms and nursery; and the fourth floor, 26 private patient rooms. The expansion will also include a state-of-the-art imaging center.
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the event. Evolutions is located at 1425 East Prosperity Avenue in Tulare. For more information, contact Linda Crase at 559.685.3449.
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The hospital has finalized the sale of $15 million of the $85 million in bonds approved by votes in September of 2005 for the construction of a new tower as planning of the four-story tower moves into the next phase.
With the sale of the bonds, the work toward building the tower has moved into high gear and everything is on schedule for construction to begin in early 2010 and for the hospital to move into the new tower in mid-2012.
“We’re very excited. We’re on time and moving into the next phase,” said Interim CEO Bob Kelley.
Especially exciting is the first rendering of how the outside of the new tower will look that was presented to the Master Planning Committee two weeks ago.
The schematic design phase of the project is being wrapped up. Next will come a cost analysis of the construction and a cost analysis of what furnishings and equipment will cost.
‘That will take about 30 days,” said Pat Brietigam, project manager with Harris and Associates.
Brietigam said the cost analysis phase is very critical in that it will give staff a clearer picture of what the project will eventually cost. Estimates right now are is the project will run about $120 million.
“Once we finish costing analysis we’ll have numbers people can work with,” he said.
The next phase will be the design development phase, a critical step to finalize plans before construction documents are drawn up.
“That’s filling up the room – lighting, all the amenities we need,” said Brietigam of the design development phase. “This is where we make all the decisions on what goes into the building as far as technology goes.”
He said that will be a six month process before the documents that will be sent to the state are to be finalized. That will also be a point when few, and hopefully only minor changes will be needed.
The hospital is also getting ready to start traffic and parking studies, as well as an environmental impact study.
The basic plan has not changed. The first floor will house 20-room emergency department; the second floor the six surgery suites; the third floor the 16 private birthing rooms and nursery; and the fourth floor, 26 private patient rooms.
Brietigam said there are still several outstanding issues that the Master Planning Committee and hospital board of directors will have to iron out before the construction documents are drawn.
Overall, he said, “Things are going very well.”