HCMC breaks ground Monday for entrance and renovation project

With some 30 community supporters looking on, Hillsboro Community Medical Center representatives broke ground Monday morning for the construction of a new entrance to the hospital (architect’s rendition shown in top photo) and renovation of part of the existing building. Turning the sod are (left photo, from left): G. George Ens, representing donors; Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke; HCMC board chair Eileen Unruh; Mike Ryan, chief executive officer; and staff members Carol Leppke and Brenda Brown. The project, which will cost in excess of $500,000, was funded primarily through the sale of state tax credits to private contributors. The city of Hillsboro added $150,000 through its Public Building Committee and some hospital reserves were required, according to Ryan. The entrance itself will add about 1,000 square feet to the facility; the area to be renovated within the existing structure is 2,500 square feet. One of the objectives of the project is to make the facility fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Construction is expected to begin later this week and must be completed by Dec. 31 to comply with the guidelines of the tax-credit program.

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