Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has submitted to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) a Certificate of Need (CON) application for a Modernization Project. The project includes the construction of a four story building to house replacement for the three existing operating rooms and support areas, two floors for medical offices, and expansion of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services. The project also includes upgrading the hospital’s power plant.
The components of the Modernization Project were identified in the hospital’s Master Plan, which was adopted by BMH’s Board of Directors in 2009. Over the past two years the Hospital staff and Board worked with architects and engineers to develop plans for the new project. The cost of the project is approximately $22 million. The GMCB and State of Vermont require a CON application for proposed hospital projects costing more than $3 million.
Steven R Gordon, BMH President and CEO, explained the necessity of the proposed facilities, “The current surgical facilities are located in a building constructed in 1950 and do not meet new space standards. The Modernization Project will allow us to upgrade the operating rooms to current standards, maintain our excellent surgical programs, and continue to provide modern technology for our patients.”
Steven Gordon, BMH photo
Gordon further stated, “The additional medical office space will enable BMH to retain and recruit new primary care and specialty clinicians, as well as relocate several practices currently housed in renovated residential homes to new space designed specifically for medical use. The project also addresses the space challenges of the current cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program.”
The Modernization Project will be financed from existing BMH working capital and bond issuance, as well as the recent $6 million bequest from the estate of Mr. Ronald Read, a life-long resident of Brattleboro and supporter of BMH. “We will honor Mr. Read for his major contribution to our community’s healthcare by naming the new building the ‘Ronald Read Pavilion,’” noted Gordon. BMH does not plan on a capital campaign for the project.
Founded in 1904, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) is a licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, serving a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The BMH medical staff includes board-certified providers in primary care and many other specialties, with a shared mission of providing exceptional health care delivered with compassion and respect. The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Health System includes the BMH Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of primary care and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Over 110 active volunteers assist BMH’s 600 employees in caring for our community.
Source: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital plans Modernization Project 1.6.2017