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Greeley County Health Services hosts facility tours, shows floorplans for remodel to community

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Dustyn Smith, left, explained some of the problems with the older equipment in the boiler room during the public tour of the hospital on Tuesday, March 14.

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Dustyn Smith, left, explained some of the problems with the older equipment in the boiler room during the public tour of the hospital on Tuesday, March 14.

The Unified County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, March 13th and approved the resolution brought by the Greeley County Health Services Board requesting to be put on the electoral ballot for a May 16th bond election. The approval by the Board of Supervisors means that the residents and land owners of Greeley County will be voting on the hospital remodel and expansion project on May 16th. Now that the resolution has been passed, an extensive effort to educate the community on the project will begin. On Tuesday, March 14th, facility tours were given to members of the community that had volunteered to be part of the project campaign. At the tours, the participants were able to see the preliminary floor plans for the remodel, tour through different departments and see demonstrations of patient care needs. “Until you see it in person, you don’t realize how outdated the hospital really is, and how out of time we really are. I think we all knew the hospital needed it, but it was a definite eye-opener after working in an age of technology to see just how behind-the-times our facility really is. I think it’s important for people to see it first-hand, and I recommend that others come and tour through the hospital before deciding how to vote,” Terra Mangan, community member, said. About 60 community members attended the hospital tours. Each tour started in the lobby where community members could see the floor plans and then moved through different areas of the hospital including patient rooms, the Emergency Room, the Operating Room area and the mechanical rooms for maintenance. The participants were able to hear from several staff members about the areas that are in need of improvement and do not meet certain requirements, the challenges that staff face due to facility conditions, and the opportunities for service expansion and enhancement. “The thing that was weighing on my mind before going into the tour, was that I didn’t know what the plan was or what was going to be done in the remodel. Once I saw the plans and what it was going to look like, I was sold. I didn’t even need to walk through the rest of the hospital because I was able to see where things are going to go, that it’s going to be more efficient, and that there will be better functionality. Hearing those things and seeing what was going to be done to improve it was all I needed to know. I was sold right there that this needs to happen,” Josh Gooch, community member, said. The hospital will be hosting more community tours in the near future for people to come view the floor plans of the remodel project and tour the facility to see the changes that will be made in the remodel. In addition, the same information will be shared at the 6:30pm April 6th community educational event at the 4-H building. Community members can email their questions to questions@mygchs.com or call Burke Kline, CEO at 620-376-4221 and expect a quick and direct answer.
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