QVMC ready to review responses from building experts

An architectural concept drawing shows how a new hospital building in Quincy might look from above. The conceptual facility is seen to the north of the location of the current Quincy Valley Medical Center, which buildings are removed in the rendering. The drawing was done as part of a facilities study done by the Collins Woerman firm, and a new building may look substantially different.

The leaders of Quincy Valley Medical Center are taking steps toward building a new hospital facility, with a request for qualifications getting strong response and a move toward placing a ballot measure before voters.

On May 9, members of the board of commissioners of Grant County Public Hospital District 2, which runs Quincy Valley Medical Center, in a special meeting voted in favor of putting a proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot coming up, according to QVMC’s CEO, Glenda Bishop. The ballot measure would authorize the district “to issue general obligation bonds for the purpose of constructing a new hospital,” Bishop wrote in an email.

Further details of the proposal were not available.

Last month, QVMC issued a formal request for qualifications, or RFQ, for architecture and engineering services for a replacement hospital. The announcement stated:

- QVMC recently competed a Master Facilities Plan to help inform the intended scope of the facility.

- The replacement facility is expected to be approximately 45,000 square feet.

- The finalist firms responding to the RFQ would be interviewed in June.

- The bid award is forecast for July 1.

- Design work is forecast to begin in August.

The drive for a new building began years ago. Before the pandemic, it was part of QVMC’s Legacy Project.

The RFQ was discussed in the hospital board’s April 25 meeting.

Tom Richardson is the hospital’s coordinator working with two consultants on the replacement facility, besides his regular work in information technology. He said in the board meeting the RFQ received 30 responses from firms interested in working with QVMC, adding that Joe Kunkel of The Healthcare Collaborative Group Inc. – one of the consultants – was “very happy” with the responses to the RFQ.

Richardson said he set up a meeting to look at the responses May 11.

“So, we will be talking on the 11th about what we want to see for qualifications and how we are going to judge who we want to work with,” he said.

The second consultant is Jody Carona, with Health Facilities Planning & Development.

Other matters discussed at the board meeting included the following.

- Bishop gave the update for the finance committee report. “March was another good month, revenue was higher than March in the prior year, by about $250,000,” she said. “And that is driven by, again, I am pleased to see that it is driven by more than one service line.”

- The board approved the disposal of an old freezer as surplus property.

- the board OK’d the purchase of a lab freezer for about $6,100.

- The board OK’d making a request for a grant from the Paul Lauzier Foundation of $14,500 for equipment in QVMC’s successful and growing wound care program.

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