August 10, 2016
Over the next few months Community Hospital will be developing a Facility Master Plan (FMP). A FMP is a comprehensive plan for future facility and capital improvement. Having a FMP is very important for a number of reasons including the following:
• Plan for capital and facility needs to enable the provision for needed healthcare services in the future.
• Ensure the ability of our facilities to comply with future regulation.
• With proper planning we can lessen the risk of boxing ourselves in from department to department (For example, if a department develops a need to further expand in the years ahead, will they be able to do so or will they be boxed in?)
• Proper planning also enables a facility to be flexible to meet unforeseen changes and needed services in the future.
• With proper facility master planning an organization can strategically plan and also fund the FMP through long range capital budgeting.
The development of a FMP is not new for Community Hospital. Our last FMP was approved on November 1, 2007 and we completed all components of this plan with the recent remodel and renovation of the Harvest Café earlier this year, about 8 and ½ years after the 2007 plans approval. This plan contained the initial thoughts for what became a reality in Phase 1 (the new patient wing), Phase 2 (surgery, injection/infusion, the prairie view meeting rooms), Phase 2b (remodel and expansion of the radiology department, the ER entrance, lab draw room expansion, a sleep lab, and respiratory therapy), the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology, and finally the remodel and renovation of the Harvest Café. The completion of this plan capped an impressive investment in our facilities to the tune of over $35 million. Though the final plans for each of these additions, renovations, and remodeling projects were never exactly the same as what was planned for in the 2007 FMP, they enabled us to properly stage, fund, and plan for all of these wonderful improvements.
We are beginning the process of developing the 2016 FMP in August and expect this process to continue until an anticipated Board approval in the October/November timeframe. To that end, we have selected Patrick Leahy and the architectural firm of Holland Basham to complete this process. Holland Basham was selected from a group of 3 firms, with all of these firms having professionals with experience on projects at our facility since 2007. Patrick was a lead architect on the team that developed our 2007 FMP. As a part of this process departments throughout the facility as well as the McCook Clinic will be involved by providing valuable input as to future facility needs in order to enhance our ability to provide excellent local access to care well into the future.
We believe there will need to be changes made to the specialty clinic due to expected growth in specialists and challenging and changing provider-based clinic regulations. The McCook Clinic continues to grow and work to expand local access to care as well. These are just a few of the areas that will be addressed. We need to plan for the future as best we can and do so by asking these questions:
• What services will be needed in the future?
• How can we create facilities that are adaptable and provide room for continued growth?
• How can we assure that our facilities meet the regulatory requirements for the years ahead?
It is important to know that just because a plan is being developed it doesn't mean that we are launching immediately into a big project, but we have to plan and work to meet the healthcare needs of our region and we will respond to these needs in the most efficient and effective way possible.