Monday night, June 20, 2016 in the Harper Senior Center, the Combined Boards of Harper Hospital and Anthony Medical Center met with the Lead Architects from the 2 firms that were chosen during the May 26th meeting. The Board met with each Architect separately and asked several questions to help make the best decision for this project. By the end of the night, they selected Health Facilities Group (HFG) of Wichita to design the new hospital. HFG was selected after a thorough evaluation process which began with reviewing information from the top 11 architectural firms in Kansas, listening to presentations by the best 4, and finally, interviewing the final 2. The Board’s primary focus was that the new hospital be extremely cost efficient to withstand financial challenges of the future.
HFG was established in Kansas in 1994. The founder, Stephen Lewellen AIA, started in western Kansas and worked in rural communities that were far from large cities. There he learned how rural hospitals operate and the common challenges of providing healthcare in lightly populated areas.
HFG was called to design the new replacement critical access hospital in Greensburg, KS after the hospital was destroyed by a tornado in 2007. It was the first LEED Platinum critical access hospital to incorporate key elements for maximum energy efficiency.
HFG has worked with 60+ rural hospitals across the Midwest and has designed replacement hospitals in many Kansas communities, here are a few that you may be familiar with; Allen County Hospital, Iola, Pawnee Valley Hospital, Larned, Scott County Hospital, Scott City and Wilson Medical Center, Neodesha, and they did renovations and additions to Pratt Regional Medical Center. They delve into research and stay in touch with rural leaders to understand the different difficulties of providing care in lightly populated communities.
During the preliminary phase of the project, HFG will determine the room and space needed, develop single line drawings and a building footprint, determine the size and type of site needed, and finally, an estimate of the total cost for the project. The cost estimate will be incorporated into our financial forecast. They will then stop work at this time until the next phase. Their fees for this portion of work, is fully funded by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund at no cost to either hospital or community.
The Community is encouraged to attend our next Combined Board Meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Anthony Medical Center Education Room. I am happy to speak about our project to any community club or group. My telephone number is 863-633-9222 and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, feel free to stop by and see me at either Harper Hospital or Anthony Medical Center.