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Archive for Tuesday, January 19, 1993

LMH BOARD TAKING UP PLANS FOR CONSTRUCTIONEXPANSION

January 19, 1993

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Renovation and new construction work at Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be considered Wednesday by the hospital's board of trustees.

The board, which meets at 9 a.m. in the LMH auditorium, will discuss financing for the project, estimated to cost between $30 million and $40 million. The project, as proposed, would increase parking, enlarge the radiology, emergency room, surgery and laboratory areas and create a medical office building attached to the hospital.

The Kansas City, Mo., accounting firm of Baird, Kurtz and Dodson last week gave the board a financial feasibility study of the project. Accountants provided the board with several options from which to choose: The hospital could choose not to do the project, do the project all at once or do the project in phases.

Also under discussion, will be the proposed construction of an ambulatory care clinic in a different part of the city. BKD accountants surveyed local physicians and found little interest in such a facility. The board also will evaluate changes the hospital will need to make to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Priorities include parking, upgrading elevators, renovating restrooms and installing new water fountains.

Robert P. Trepinski, associate executive director of LMH, estimates the cost of the changes at $38,000.

Also on the agenda is an update on the widening of Fourth Street from McDonald Drive to Michigan Street. The street serves as a primary access route to the hospital, and work on the project is scheduled to begin in 1994. The estimated cost of the project is $350,000.

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