Rotarians get update on new hospital progress
by Janet Yeager
For The Coal Valley News
MADISON — The Madison Rotary Club was among the first to view a drawing of the new Boone Memorial Hospital when it was presented to the Rotarians by BMH Administrator Tommy Mullins, right, and Bill Helsley, left, senior project manager, when Helsley visited the club on April 25.
The architectural drawings have been in the works for several months—after much input from the hospital staff—and were just recently released to the hospital Board of Trustees, management and staff.
Helsley is associated with the Yanik Companies, the design/builder chosen by the hospital Board of Trustees for its expertise in building Critical Access Hospitals (CAH). Many specific guidelines have to be followed when constructing a CAH facility.
With the recent announcement that a USDA loan application to build a new Boone Memorial Hospital had been approved, the project can finally go forward. Helsley gave the Rotarians a power-point program on the plans and progress made in the design phase.
Bids on the $34 million facility will be received by mid-November and construction is scheduled to begin in early December, and possibly sooner, Mullins said.
The present hospital opened on April 27, 1964, 49 years ago. It has served the community well, but has been showing major wear for several years.
The trustees believe it is long past due for a new hospital for our citizens and are very grateful to the USDA for helping make it happen.
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