by Marissa Lorenz
About 50 people gathered at Kremmling’s Middle Park Health (MPH) facility on Wednesday morning to break ground for the newest expansion project by Grand County’s largest healthcare provider.
Attendees included hospital board members, foundation board representatives, hospital leadership and staff, county commissioners, and community supporters of Kremmling Memorial Hospital District/MPH, along with contractors, the design team, and construction crew.
The event follows fast on the heels of a recent loan agreement between the Hospital District and the US Department of Agriculture. MPH Director of Community Relations Tiffany Freitag confirms that the hospital has “secured close to $20 million at a very competitive rate. These dollars will be used to expand and update the Kremmling Hospital as well as provide additional space to treat patients on the Granby Campus.”
The capital project includes the building of a 14,000 square-foot hospital facility at the Kremmling location which will incorporate two emergency room exam rooms, two trauma bays, three in-patient rooms, CT and Xray suites, and a primary care clinic with six exam rooms and a treatment room. The existing structure will be utilized for swing patients, such as those needing rehabilitative or extended care.
In Granby, a 6,300 square-foot addition to the in-patient care unit will provide an additional seven rooms for medical and surgical patients and a 2,000 square-foot addition to the primary care clinic will add seven exam rooms, a treatment room, a care team station, and other support space.
“This is an exciting time for Middle Park Health,” says MPH CEO Jason Cleckler. “This project helps us to continue our commitment to providing access to high quality healthcare to the community we serve.”
Designs by Davis Partnership Architects also present a 1,200 square-foot infusion center with one private room and three free-standing pods for antibiotic, immunoglobulin, and chemo therapies. This portion of the project will not be funded by the USDA loan however. It is reliant on donations and other funding sources and is a primary focus of current fundraising efforts by the Middle Park Medical Foundation.
Construction contracts were awarded to Calcon Constructors out of nearby Steamboat Springs, who emphasize their commitment to using local subcontractors whenever possible. They anticipate completion in spring or early summer of 2021.
A second groundbreaking took place on the Granby campus Wednesday afternoon.
For more information, go to MiddleParkHealth.org. For more on the Foundation or to donate to the infusion services, go to MiddleParkHealth.org/Foundation.