At a special board meeting on March 7, the KVH Board of Commissioners was presented with a master site facility plan for the future of the KVH campus. They unanimously approved the plan.
The work to update the healthcare campus is divided into two phases. Phase I will be a medical office building that consolidates the KVH clinics and outpatient services currently located on the KVH campus. Phase II will address the aging hospital facilities.
In-depth planning for Phase I will begin immediately, with a decision to build coming as early as late-2016 and a fully functioning medical office building completed as early as mid-2018. This phase is expected to be financed by KVH.
Phase II is estimated to begin approximately three to five years after the medical office building is completed. This phase would require support from residents of Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 through a bond levy. Voters may see a proposal for a bond levy within five to eight years.
The planning process that resulted in the board-approved plan included an assessment of the current location and facilities, a review of space needs, and the compilation of focus group and survey responses from patients, physicians, and employees.
KVH will share the planning process to date and next steps during a community forum on Thursday, March 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session in the upstairs conference rooms at KVH Hospital.
KVH will offer opportunities for community involvement in the planning of Phase I in the coming months. Information will also be shared on KVH’s website at www.kvhealthcare.org.