On April 25, 2017, hospital district residents voted to approve a bond to help fund construction of a new hospital facility in Chelan. The new building (rough architect’s rendition above) will have private patient rooms, larger birthing rooms, increased outpatient capacity and a bigger emergency room. It will also have space for rehabilitative therapy, laboratory and radiology, as well as an expanded surgery department and a helicopter pad for emergency transfers. The fully ADA accessible hospital will be designed for cost effectiveness..
The new building will be built on hospital-owned property at Chelan Apple Blossom Drive, near Wal-Mart, across from the new Columbia Valley Community Health Clinic construction.
The cost of the construction project is $44.5 million. Voters voted to pay $20 million. The remaining costs will be funded by the hospital, grants and the LCCH Foundation.
The hospital Board of Commissioners and administration worked with outside financial and healthcare consultants to explore facility options. Multiple community meetings were held to gather input in 2016 and 2017. The building project is based on the results of those reports and meetings.
May 2017 Update: We are currently in the financing phase of the project, working with the USDA and other financial consultants. Our architect is CollinsWoerman in Seattle. There will be one year of planning and permitting and two years of construction.
June 1 Update: We are currently in the process of applying to use the Construction Manager / General Contractor (CM/GC) method for the new hospital facility. With overlapping design and construction phases, this collaborative method incorporates the contractor’s point of view into the project much sooner than design-bid-build. The contractor is hired early enough to contribute expertise and order materials much earlier. Early inclusion of the contractor also helps the design phase transition seamlessly into the construction phase. Other CM/GC benefits include better budget control and time savings.