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Special Meeting of Carson-Tahoe Board of Trustees

What: Special meeting of Carson-Tahoe Hospital Board of Trustees

When: Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Carson-Tahoe Hospital’s Summit Room, 775 Fleischmann Way

by Susie Vasquez

Moving Carson-Tahoe Hospital is being considered along with the possibility of affiliation/reorganization and Monday’s presentation by HDR Engineering Consultants is another step toward making that decision.

The meeting of the Carson-Tahoe Hospital Board of Trustees begins Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital’s Summit Room at 775 Fleischmann Way.

Carson-Tahoe is an older plant in a gridlocked location and upgrading it could be an expensive proposition, officials said. Both Sutter Health and Universal Health Systems, the two health care entities being considered for affiliation with Carson-Tahoe, recommended building a new hospital.

HDR, a firm from San Diego specializing in strategic planning and consulting, was employed by Carson-Tahoe officials to research the feasibility of building a hospital on a new site.

“We hadn’t focused on that issue because we didn’t know where we would get $150 million,” marketing director Richard Linkul said. “But major corporations say we should be looking at building a new facility. Whether we associate with anyone else or not, the issue is still there.”

The hospital currently nets between $5 and $10 million annually, not enough to build a new hospital as the money is already accounted for in improvements and replacement equipment.

A presentation led by Steven Goe of HDR on Monday will address that issue along with the location of facilities like the Cancer Center and the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

In the master plan created in 1998, a broad range of projects is being considered for the existing facility, including a proposal for two 48-bed nursing towers at a cost of $11.5 million and $10.5 million. A new $4.8 million cancer center is also proposed on the hospital’s superblock. The total for all projects is estimated at $62.9 million.

Add to that the estimated $29.5 million for essential equipment replacement such as the magnetic resonance imaging scanner and the federally mandated computer system.

A decision concerning affiliation or reorganization could be made as soon as Feb. 28 and as that date moves closer, trustees, physicians and other officials are attempting to arm themselves with as much information as possible.

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