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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Hospital kicks off $5 M capital campaign

  • McPherson Hospital Thursday kicked off a $5 million fundraising campaign for renovations of its facilities.
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  • McPherson Hospital Thursday kicked off a $5 million fundraising campaign for renovations of its facilities.
    The main focus of the renovations will be the addition of a new five- to seven-provider health clinic on the second floor of the current hospital.
    In addition, a new nuclear medicine facility will be located on the first floor of the hospital. The treatment bay nearest the emergency room will be remodeled for nuclear medicine, reducing the number of beds in the ER from nine to seven.
    McPherson has an aging physician contingent. Many are nearing retirement.
    Chad Clark, director of the McPherson Healthcare Foundation, said, “Right now we are teetering on a doctor shortage, It is the cycle of life. We need new doctors, but we don’t have anywhere to put them.”
    Hospital officials said Thursday they have had physicians express interest in McPherson, but they declined offers to work at McPherson Hospital because there was no place for them to set up practice.
    Goals of the renovation include providing residents with quality facilities, assisting in recruitment and retention of physicians, alleviating the need for local residents to travel to other communities for care, providing a broader range of services for local residents and maintaining a competitive edge in recruitment of new businesses to the community.
    The fundraising will be the first phase of a three-phase project. Hospital officials hope to have the first phase of the campaign competed by May 2015.
    Clark announced Thursday $2,033,370 already has been pledged toward the campaign.
    “It is crucial to this community that this project be a success,” Clark said.
    In a video produced for the kickoff ceremony Thursday, Mayor Tom Brown expressed his support for the project and also noted the importance of the project to McPherson’s future growth.
    “If we don’t have health care, we can’t expect to be a prosperous city,” he said.
    The oldest portion of the McPherson Hospital was built in the 1920s.
    Although the hospital has an administrative agreement with Via Christi, the hospital is still locally owned. Via Christi will not be involved financially in the fundraising campaign.
    While construction for the first phase of the renovation project is ongoing, several departments will be temporarily moved.
    Ultrasound will be moved to the old business office space. Respiratory Therapy will be temporarily located on the first floor in the old business office space.
    The administrative offices and staff development offices will moved to space on the fourth floor of the 1920s hospital building.
    Specialty clinics will be moved off campus during the remodel.
    Donations to the campaign can be made through the McPherson Healthcare Foundation. Checks can be sent to the foundation at 1016 N. Main St., McPherson, KS 67460. Donations also can be made online at www.machealthfound.info.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information on donation, contact the foundation at 620-245-0130.

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