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Hospital facility design nearing completion
by Bain Serna
Jun 13, 2014 | 71 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENEDY – The plans for eventually building a new Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital facility on the current property of where the hospital is now is still in the planning and design phases, according to OKMH officials.

After approval from the OKMH Board of Directors in April to move forward with plans to build a new and bigger hospital facility, actual blueprints of the design are getting closer to being completed, according to OKMH CEO David Lee.

Lee said that the approximate size of the entire new building space will be about 90,000 square feet, which will make the new state-of-the-art facility about double what the current facility is now. The current hospital facility is 45,000 square feet.

An architect has been hired that has hands-on familiarity with the current OKMH facility.

“O’Connell Robertson out of Austin has been hired for a while now to help us through this process,” said Lee. “They are very familiar with our current building, as they have handled projects in the past, such as the ER renovation.”

Lee states that groundbreaking for the actual construction of the new facility is projected to begin sometime around late summer or early winter of this year.

Decisions on what will become of the current hospital building is still being considered and reviewed.

Some options that OKMH officials are possibly considering are to have Kaiser Home Health utilize a portion of the space, renovate or tear down to build a new specialist clinic, or make it a dialysis clinic.

No decisions have been made on what to do, if anything, with the current structure.
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