Bids to be let soon for new FFH medical office building

A call for bids is expected to go out in about three weeks on the earthwork for the new medical office building at Franklin Foundation Hospital.

Ty Dartez of Architects’ Design Studio, Lafayette, provided an update on the project Thursday during the Hospital Service District 1 Board of Commissioners Thursday.

The $2.1 million facility will provide clinical space for as many as five physicians as well as the hospital’s wound care clinic, according to hospital Chief Executive Officer Parker Templeton.

He said Drs. Donna Tesi, general surgery; Steven McPherson, internal medicine; and Rebecca Accardo, OB/GYN will move their practices to the building. There also will be space for a second general surgeon now being recruited by the hospital. A fourth of the building will be reserved for future utilization, Templeton said.

Dirt pad construction to meet the floodplain elevation will take about three months when including time for settlement, Dartez said. Bid package documents for it are being now being prepared by Miller Engineers and Associates of Franklin.

The construction period of the 13,000-square foot building is estimated at one year.

In other business Wednesday:

—Dr. Roland Degeyter, chairman of the hospital’s Quality Committee, reported that a review of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems report indicates noted improvements in all areas and a clean environment. HCAHPS data is obtained by survey of patients for their opinion of the hospital care they received. Degeyter also reported that the core measure report on diagnostics was 100 percent in compliance in the month of November.

—Heard from Chief Financial Officer Ron Bailey that a $170,203 profit was realized in the month of December bringing the year-to-date bottomline to $281,612.

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