GRMC Renovation

Photo: A look at the proposed renovations, projected to begin in 2014 and be completed in 2017.

The Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Board of Trustees has announced a much needed expansion and remodel of hospital facility projected for completion in 2017.

“Our planned improvements are driven by patient satisfaction and will enhance the care for each and every one of our patients,” said Brian Bentley, GRMC Chief Executive Officer. “It is time for us to make the improvements necessary for GRMC to remain competitive in the region, maintain our accreditations and serve our patients the best way we know how-like family.”

Bentley explained that the improvements include upgrading the heating and cooling systems; creating single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms and showers; replacing labor, delivery, and postpartum rooms; expanding the Surgical Center area; increasing accessibility for patients with centralized registration and scheduling along with improving patient flow throughout the building; creating a space for specialty physician clinics, establishing a one-stop-shop for outpatient services; bringing the Rehabilitation Center, Education department, and Health Resource Library to campus; and providing a large meeting space.

The addition/remodel cost of the current facility is estimated at $40.68 million. GRMC will provide a cash down payment of $6.34 million with the balance funded by a bond.
Construction is expected to begin with the expansion phase in 2014 then move toward the remodel phase in 2015, said Bentley.

He reminded taxpayers that GRMC is county-owned and the Grant County Commissioners appoint the Board of Trustees. It is locally managed, financially independent and the CEO is hired by and reports to The Board.

GRMC will pay these bonds back through GRMC operating revenues. The combination of current low interest rates and depreciation costs for this project results in a small increase of 3% in operating expenses.

“Even though the pending improvements are expensive, GRMC has been working diligently to save money and financially prepare to ensure that the costs of services are not affected,” Bentley said.

“We are very proud of our strong values—we believe in only spending when necessary and never spending beyond our means,” he said.

During October, two community talks are scheduled in Grant County to give more information about this project, stated Bentley. The first talk will be held in the mining district at the Bayard Community Center on Monday, October 22, 5 to 6:30 p.m. The second talk will be held downtown Silver city at the Silco Theatre on Thursday, October 25, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
“As the CEO of Gila Regional Medical Center, I am excited about the future growth of this health care facility,” Bentley said. “Through my years in healthcare, I have seen many changes in standards, regulations and patient expectations and know serving Grant County to the best of our ability is well worth it.”

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