Hillsboro hospital targets Dec. 14 for groundbreaking

Hillsboro Community Hospital, owned and operated by HMC/CAH Consolidated In, will be breaking ground on a new hospital facility at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The new facility will be located at 103 Industrial Road, which is 1.1 miles from the current facility. The funding for the new hospital has been secured with the assistance of the USDA and the Bank of Hays.

Mike Ryan, the hospital?s chief executive officer said, ?Many rural areas in Kansas and across the country are not as fortunate, and have seen their local hospitals close causing undue hardships. Conversely, HCH now has an opportunity to grow and expand health care.?

The $10 million construction project is expected to be completed early in 2012.

When completed the facility will offer modern technology, amenities for inpatients and enhanced outpatient care.

The new space and equipment will allow HCH to better serve existing patients, as well as recruit potential new physicians, according to hospital officials.

In addition, the new construction project should create local jobs and help attract new businesses.

Two factors that companies first consider when opening a new branch or relocating to a rural community are the quality of its schools and the availability of first class health care for their employees, according to Ryan.

He said he was grateful for the support from the community and specifically the Hillsboro City Council and Mayor Delores Dalke.

?Without the city?s continued accommodation and dedication to our project we would not be having a ground breaking,? Ryan said. ?They have been nothing but supportive throughout this entire process.?

HMC/CAH owns and operates 11 critical access hospitals around the country.

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