Bidding starts for phase 2 of expansion

CPGH 1st phase done under budget, on time

Posted: Friday, February 04, 2005

The bidding process for the second phase of the Central Peninsula General Hospital expansion is under way and construction could start as early as the middle of March, said hospital CEO David Gilbreath.

"I think we're going to get some competitive bids," Gilbreath said at Thursday's Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Total costs for all phases of the project are about $49.9 million. The first phase was completed last fall under budget and on schedule — all with local labor, he said. This prepared the site for construction of a new building, he said.

The second phase will be to build an 80,000-square-foot building all for clinical services, he said. The hospital will use the new building to expand surgical capabilities and build a larger Intensive care unit to name a few, he said. That phase will take about 14 months, he said.

The final portion of the project will be to renovate the existing hospital and will take up to one year, he said. It will start on the tail end of phase two. In line with the hospital's goal of making their services more personal and less scary, he said the hospital will have 50 private inpatient bedrooms when the entire project is completed.

When everything is done "it's going to be something the community is proud of," Gilbreath said. "It's going to be way cool."

He said changing demographics on the Kenai Peninsula and new hospital regulations make the need for a larger hospital critical. The population on the peninsula is growing — and aging — altering the health care needs of the community, he said.

Expansion helps the hospital meet the needs of the people it serves, he said.

CPGH on the Web

With an abundance of medical information available on the Internet, David Gilbreath, CEO of Central Peninsula General Hospital, said it can be difficult to know when information is credible. The hospital has added a link on its Web site called Medline Plus, a database of credible medical information, he said.

A link to this service can be found on the Web at www. cpgh.org. The button is on the bottom left corner of the page.



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