By TIFFANY RONEY
With transition into the new facility under its belt, Memorial Health System is starting to plan phase two of its construction project: renovation of its old facility. The old facility was built in 1921, 1962 and 1991. The renovation will create office space for Heartland Healthcare Clinic, which is currently located at the corner of 11th Street and Brady Street.
MHS’ board of directors discussed the renovation at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.
As a wrap-up to phase one, Mark Miller, CEO of MHS, said he wanted to compliment Darrell Bergman, information technologist, for working so hard to ensure a seamless transition into the new facility. Instead of sleeping through the night, Bergman would take a 3-hour power nap and then continue to work. Additionally, Miller said Wade Needham, director of plan operations and maintenance, and his staff, as well as other employees, moved the emergency room in the middle of the night to preserve quiet at the facility. William Short, medical doctor, said he heard patients express several positive comments about the new facility.
The Lawrence Company of St. Louis is completing a courtyard between the old building and the new facility. Paula Dinkel, director of Memorial Health Foundation, said the hospital is accepting donations of bricks, trees and benches to make the space available to patients. Big Red Fencing and Landscaping plans to plant the trees. Dinkel said Austin Tao and Associates, a division of the Lawrence Company, is contracted to inscribe bricks with any message the donors want to share. To donate a brick, tree or bench to the courtyard, contact Paula at 263-6688.
While MHS aims toward physical changes in its facilities and courtyard, it parts with physical paperwork and goes electronic to begin fulfilling stage two of Medicare’s meaningful use requirements. Blaine Cappel, director of information technology, said the hospital completed stage one requirements in 2012.
Miller said Flour Power was a success again this year and high school physicals went well. He said MHS’ Employer of Choice Council has arranged for 100 employees to attend a K-State football game at a group rate.