A sign outside of Memorial North Park hospital in Hixson, Tenn., asks patients and visitors to pardon the construction inside of the building. Memorial North Park is proposing $17.5 million in renovations to its ICU, emergency department, endoscopy unit and more.Photo by Jenna Walker /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
BY THE NUMBERS
Memorial renovation cost estimates
* $747,331: Architectural and engineering fees
* $1.3 million: Legal, administrative, consultant fees
* $150,000: Preparation of site
* $8.5 million: Construction costs
* $1.5 million: Contingency fund
* $1.7 million: Fixed equipment
* $1.8 million: Moveable equipment
* $364,514: Maintenance contract
* $1 million: Interim financing
* $255,366: Reserve for one year’s debt service
* $39,474: Certificate of need filing fee
Total: $17.5 million
Source: Memorial Health Systems documents
Memorial Health Systems has submitted a $17.5 million renovation proposal for its North Park campus to state authorities, adding that “doing nothing is unacceptable,” records show.
The state must approve any hospital renovation project worth more than $5 million.
Memorial North Park’s intensive care unit has “undersized rooms that do not meet today’s standards, small hallways that limit transport space, cramped and inefficient work areas and an inadequate amount of storage,” according to a document the hospital sent to the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.
Memorial’s proposal would increase the number of intensive care beds from eight to 10 and emergency department rooms from 13 to 17. The plan also provides for new endoscopy equipment and a partial renovation to the nursing unit.
The hospital’s proposal would use $6.4 million in cash reserves and $11.1 million from Catholic Health Initiatives, its nonprofit parent company. Memorial spent $39,474 to send the state its proposal, which the agency will hear July 27, records show.
Last week, Memorial officials declined to give the Chattanooga Times Free Press a tour that would help illustrate the proposed renovations, but they issued a news release Wednesday when the newspaper obtained the proposal.
“Hixson and North Hamilton County have grown drastically over the past 30 years, and this project will help us meet the growing needs of our community,” said Deb Moore, senior vice president at Memorial and administrator at Memorial North Park.
The North Park campus, located at the intersection of Hamill Road and Highway 153, was built in 1982.
According to the proposal, the state should give the project the green light to help Memorial North Park deal with growth spurred by Volkswagen, Wacker Chemical and Amazon in Hamilton and Bradley counties.
The project is estimated to be completed by 2014, the proposal states.
Chris Carroll covers federal politics for the Times Free Press. A Chattanooga native, he went to Red Bank High School and graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University. Chris investigated violent crime, municipal government and hospitals before taking the political beat. For tornado coverage, he and Pam Sohn won a first-place Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors deadline reporting award. In 2010, Chris won the Golden Press Card Award of Merit and another deadline reporting ...
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