New Facility Coming Soon!
Steady progress continues for Modoc Medical Center’s New Facility Project. As a reminder, the construction project has been divided into three different buildings which will be referenced throughout this article. Building (Bldg.) 100 is the hospital building, Bldg. 200 is the clinic and outpatient services building, and Bldg. 300 is the building that will house the supplies warehouse, ambulance bays, maintenance shop, and some offices.
On the exterior of the buildings, all roofing on all three buildings was completed as of mid-October. Also, as of mid-October, the exterior windows and doors were all installed on Bldg. 100 and Bldg. 200. Bldg. 100 and Bldg. 200 are also 100% weathertight as of mid-October. The exterior windows and doors were completely installed on Bldg. 300 at the end of December, which made that building weather tight. The exteriors of all three buildings have been completed, except for minor canopy work remaining on the hospital main entry, emergency entrance, and clinic entrance. There is also some rock work, paver work, and concrete work that must be done at the main entrance of Bldg. 100. It is anticipated that this work will resume later this calendar year in the Spring.
On the interior of the buildings, interior framing was completed for Bldgs. 100 and 200 toward the end of December. Interior framing for Bldg. 300 is currently wrapping up. In addition, all in-wall mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) was completed on December 20th. Drywall continues to go up in Bldg. 100 and should be completed by January 20th. Once the drywall is completed in Bldg. 100, crews will move onto Bldg. 200 and then Bldg. 300 with drywall. From there, flooring is set to start being put in either the first or second week of February in Bldg. 100, and then crews will move onto Bldgs. 200 and 300 from there.
The geothermal system infrastructure is at 99% completion and is anticipated to be at 100% completion within the next week or two. All concrete pours for the project have also been completed except for the mobile MRI pad which will take place in the spring. It is anticipated that MMC will be operating out of their New Facility in September 2020.
While physical construction continues at the current jobsite for the new facility, internal planning has commenced with all MMC’s leadership staff to ensure that all current healthcare services and support functions transition in an organized and systematic manner to the new facility. The coordination and planning are crucial for MMC to continue to provide healthcare services throughout the physical move to a new facility and new site. As this plan becomes finalized, MMC will disseminate information to the general public and impacted agencies so that everyone is aware of how the transition to the new facility will take place.
CEO Kevin Kramer said of the project: “Steady progress continues to be made on the new facility project and we continue to be pleased with the results. We look forward to moving into the new buildings this coming fall and are looking forward to being able to provide healthcare to the members of this community in an updated facility. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the members of the community that have supported our organization and made it possible for us to reach this point within this project.”
MMC has decided to become a smoke-free campus effective January 1, 2020. The purpose of adopting and implementing a smoke-free environment is to ensure all who visit and work on campus are exposed to a healthy environment.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Exposure to smoking and secondhand smoke are known causes of lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. As a facility, we recognize the hazards caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. MMC will prohibit the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or electronic cigarettes on the MMC campus or within MMC facilities, by all MMC patients and staff.
Staff, visitors and clients will be informed of the smoke-free policy via signs posted throughout the properties owned and operated by MMC.
Smoking cessation programs and educational materials will be provided to those employees and members of the community who would like assistance to quit smoking.
Partnership with Canby Clinic
MMC and Canby Family Practice Clinic are pleased to announce the formation of a partnership between the two facilities. This change is expected to take effect beginning January 1st, 2020. Canby Family Practice Clinic’s affiliation with MMC will further allow both rural care providers to increase accessibility and quality medical and dental care for patients.
Kevin Kramer, CEO of MMC, said of the venture, “Canby Family Practice Clinic has a very successful model of care in both realms of clinical and dental care. We’re very excited to have the opportunity to partner with them by offering additional services and looking into different resources for our community. We are eager to help further support their efforts to provide high-quality healthcare in the region.”
TThe Canby Family Practice Clinic’s staff and healthcare providers will remain the same. Current patients will continue to be seen at the Canby location and Canby Clinic is currently accepting new patients. MMC and Canby Family Practice are striving to be better, together.