Pulaski Memorial Hospital has taken steps to finance upgrades to its facilities.
Plans call for the expansion of the Rural Health Clinic and the replacement of the Specialist Clinic building. Officials with the hospital presented their plans to the Pulaski County Commissioners on Monday night.
Current plans call for the replacement of the current staff parking lot to allow for the expansion, and the construction of a new lot. Extending the utilities and constructing a new maintenance and storage building are also part of those plans.
Hospital Director of Business Development Gregg Malott says they brought the proposal forward to help save on costs.
“As opposed to building onto the hospital for some of that additional space, if we use a maintenance building at roughly $50 per square foot as opposed to building on that new space that could run anywhere from $200 to $250 per square foot,” says Malott.
Cost estimates have put the work at just over $350-thousand. Hospital executives presented their plans to the commissioners last night prior to making a request for the county to help finance some of the work. The maneuver is allowed through the county’s Cumulative building Fund.
Commissioner Larry Brady says he welcomes the growth.
“I have no issues with the three-year plan of repayment,” says Brady.
The Commissioners gave their recommendation in support of financing the project.
Pulaski Memorial Hospital will now present those same plans to the County Council for final approval.