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Latest News – June 26

Leadville Hospital Reveals Plans for New Facility

Last November, Lake County voters passed two ballot initiatives concerning health care in the area, creating new tax increases for residents living within the St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) District.Spac_50 SVH_New Location copy

Spac_50Part of that plan included a new hospital. According to SVH officials, the current hospital facility is out of date and faces many plant challenges from failing infrastructure, heating and plumbing – to ADA non- compliant rooms and potential asbestos remediation, if remodeling were to be undertaken.

Since voters gave the go-ahead, efforts have moved forward towards building a new medical facility. On June 15, local residents were invited to a “New Construction Meet & Greet” to review the new medical facility’s design and architectural plans. Hospital LogoRepresentatives from the SVH Board and administration, Centura Health and Davis Partnership Architects were in attendance to answer questions and listen to feedback from the public and Lake County residents.

The proposed location of the new facility was the topic that created the most concerns from neighborhood residents. The hospital’s current location is at 822 W. 4th Street, while the proposed new site sits east of that, between the new dog park – in the treed area – and the hospital’s emergency entrance. This puts the new facility a bit more “in people back yards.”

Local residents make their opinions known at the Meet and Greet meeting on June 15 for the new hospital design. Photo: SVH

Local residents make their opinions known at the Meet and Greet meeting on June 15 for the new hospital design. Photo: SVH

“Many of our neighbors on 6th Street are concerned with the effect the hospital location will have on them – being closer to their homes,” stated Karen Onderdonk, SVH Director Outreach and Development in an email to Leadville Today. “It is our goal to have open discussion and dialogue with them. We will invite them to a meeting in the near future.”

In the meantime, there is a conditional use permit hearing at the Leadville City Council meeting on July 5 that will also address concerns about the proposed new location. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall located on the corner of 8th and historic Harrison Avenue.

“We anticipate and look forward to an ongoing conversation with the community about the new facility,” added Onderdonk. Concerned citizens are also welcome to attend hospital board meetings and make public comment. The SVH Board meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the hospital conference room. There is also a St. Vincent Hospital telephone hotline which is checked every 48 hours for any questions or concerns: 719-486-7131.

Other feedback that came out of the design meeting concerned the overall look of the building. It was apparent right away that folks like design #1 over #2; most agreed it matched up with Leadville’s overall historic architectural feel.Two Designs hospital copy

Spac_50In addition, the floor plan was revealed. The approximate size of the new hospital is 19,000 square feet and will be home to the services currently offered at St. Vincent Hospital and include options for future service expansion.  View floor plan HERE.

The services currently intended to be in the new facility are:

  • Emergency Room
  • Ambulance
  • Primary Care Medical clinic
  • Telehealth
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Physical Therapy
  • Support services such as IT and Plant Operations

So what’s all of this going to cost? What’s the bottom line, the price tag?

The budget for the new facility is $18.6 million. According to hospital officials, the new facility will be financed by a federal USDA loan for 35 years and 2.87% interest. The USDA loan will also be used to refinance $1.6 million in existing revenue bonds that the hospital holds. SVH will receive a formal response regarding the loan from the federal agency in September. Current BUDGET Info.

While the process was described by one attendee as “building the plane as you’re flying it,” the century-old healthcare provider stays committed to transparency to voters. Residents and other interested parties can stay plugged into the latest news via the St. Vincent Hospital Facebook Page and/or their website. The St. Vincent Hospital Board Meets every third Thursday at the hospital conference room. For more information, call 719-486-7135.

 

 

 

Latest News – October 27

The Final Countdown Until Election Day 2015

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock!! It’s one week until Election Day 2015. How are things going out on the campaign trail? Anybody getting any sleep? 

The calm in the eye of the storm. A child plays contently on the floor of the classroom where the “Healthcare Ballot Issues Forum: 1A and 5A,” was held on October 13.

The calm in the eye of the storm. A child plays contently on the floor of the classroom where a standing-room-only crowd filed in for the “Healthcare Ballot Issues Forum: 1A and 5A,” held on October 13.

Politics can be rough, no matter what side of an issue or the polls you’re on! So just remember, eventually November 4 comes and neighbors have to live with neighbors, so try to be kind to each other heading into the home stretch.

For Round Four of the Leadville Today Political Round-Up Report, here are some interesting findings from an informal polling session last weekend. First, the big surprise was to hear how many voters were still undecided. On more than one occasion, someone disclosed, “I have a (campaign) sign in my yard, but I still don’t know how I’ll vote!” Of course, you never know how polite and politically correct the average Lake County voter can be when talking politics or providing lawn space for anyone who’s got a sign.

Another interesting finding in the informal polling session was that in three separate conversations, someone concluded that the Leadville’s Mayor race really only had two candidates. Yet in each situation, all three candidates took his turn as “odd-man-out.” So, you just never know.

Panelists for the “Healthcare Ballot Issues Forum: 1A and 5A,” are pictured with Moderator Cara Russell (standing, left) as listed from left to right: A Better Plan for Lake County: Tara Hosick, Community Relations with the Climax Mine, Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger with Rocky Mountain Family Practice, and Bob King, Campaign Chair, then representing Save St. Vincent Hometown Health Care are St. Vincent Hospital CEO Sam Radke, Lake County Commissioner Bruce Hix and Vice President Gail Finley with Rural Health and Hospitals for the Colorado Hospital Association. Photo: Leadville Today.

Panelists for the “Healthcare Ballot Issues Forum: 1A and 5A,” are pictured with Moderator Cara Russell (standing, left) as seated from left to right: A Better Plan for Lake County: Tara Hosick, Community Relations – Climax Mine, Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger – Rocky Mountain Family Practice, and Bob King, Campaign Chair, then representing Save St. Vincent – Hometown Health Care are St. Vincent Hospital CEO Sam Radke, Lake County Commissioner Bruce Hix, and Vice President Gail Finley with Rural Health and Hospitals for the Colorado Hospital Association. Photo: Leadville Today.

But come next Tuesday, Nov. 3, everyone will know, and Leadville Today will be there to report Election 2015 results as they come in. In the meantime, here’s the last, and final round of videos. These were filmed by Leadville Today Contributor Brennan Ruegg and are from the “Healthcare Ballot Issues Forum: 1A and 5A,” which was held on October 13. So, if you’re still undecided or are interested in more details, you can find them here.

In these videos, panelists from both sides provide opening statements, answers questions from the audience, and finally wrap it up with closing statements. In order of appearance, A Better Plan for lake County represented by Bob King, Campaign Chair, Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger with Rocky Mountain Family Practice, and Tara Hosick, Community Relations with the Climax Mine as well as representing Save St. Vincent Hometown Health Care are St. Vincent Hospital CEO Sam Radke, Lake County Commissioner Bruce Hix and Vice President Gail Finley with Rural Health and Hospitals for the Colorado Hospital Association.

In this video, Opening Statements were made from panelists on both sides of Lake County Ballot Issues 1A & 5A. Bob King, Campaign Chair and Tara Hosick with the Climax Mine make comments representing A Better Plan for Lake County, followed by St. Vincent Hospital CEO Sam Radke representing Save St. Vincent Hometown Health Care.Spac_50

Spac_50In this video, Leadville/Lake County Chamber Director and Forum Moderator Cara Russell presents audience questions to panelists on both sides of Lake County Ballot Issues 1A & 5A. Questions range from transferring of hospital assets to the Climax Mine’s assessment of “the plan,” to patient concerns about Medicaid and Medicare, or whether there will be additional tax increases presented to voters in the future.Spac_50

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In this video, Closing Statements were made from panelists on both sides, including Tara Hosick with the Climax Mine representing A Better Plan for Lake County, followed by St. Vincent Hospital CEO Sam Radke representing Save St. Vincent Hometown Health Care.Spac_50

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Voters will cast their ballots in at the Lake County courthouse in Leadville, Colorado on November 3, 2015.Spac_50donovan-meeting