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    Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Moving Forwardon New Site

    March 25, 2011

  • SOUTHEAST MISSOURIS NEWS-MAGAZINE OF POLITICS AND CULTURE

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    SEMO TIMES3.25.11 Volume 3 Issue 212725 N. Westwood Blvd.

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    Inside this editionThe Week in Review - 3The Social Network - 3

    Hospital Moving Forward - 4SEMO News Briefs - 5Your Local Expert - 6

    SIDS - 7Opinion: Claire Air- 7

    Caregivers Group - 10Tech Talk - 11

    The Rambler - 11Fork: McDonalds -11

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  • It was a bad week for fans of Elizabeth Taylor. The Hollywood star passed away March 23 at 79 years young.

    Say it aint so.

    It was a good week for Southeast Missouri. Con-secutive warm days means summer is fast approaching!

    Were watching you like a hawk, Bob Reeves of KFVS-12. Dont fowl it up for us.

    It was a good week for Danny Sisco, our blind columnist who was fea-tured on the cover of the

    1.27 edition. Sisco is training for a mixed martial arts grappling match to take place next week at the VFW in Sikeston. You are the definition of a hometown hero, Danny.

    On the M M A tip, it was a

    good week for Jon Bones Jones. Jones who domi-nated Mauricio Shogun Rua of Pride fame March 19 to become the UFCs light-heavy weight champ. Plus he caught a purse snatcher in New Jersey earlier in day with force! Our own Tim Kra-kowiak has been bragging how this superhero hails from his home turf in upstate New York. Thumbs is not sure we be-lieve him.

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  • Tim KrakowiakManaging EditorPoplar Bluff Regional Medical

    Center officials say they do not anticipate the small private cemetery that recently received public atten-tion on the proposed replacement hospital site on PP Highway to be a deal-breaker.

    The property owner and PBRMC respect the situation and are dili-gently working to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties involved, read a statement is-sued Wednesday by PBRMC. We remain confident and enthusiastic in our proposed hospital and the po-tential benefits for our communitys health care and economy.

    Joe Chapman, who works in the Poplar Bluff funeral industry, has been hired as the mediator by property owner Don Bedell of Sikeston to meet with the survivors of the Shadle Family Cemetery on Monday in an effort to resolve the matter, which could mean removal of human remains, he said.

    Leading the effort to protect the cemetery, containing an estimated 70 graves, is Georgia Webb, 81, who has multiple family members buried there, beginning with her great-grandparents, George Wash-ington and Anna Shadle.

    This conglomerate is so big, I cannot fathom the amount of money that is going to be spent and made, said Webb, who resides outside of Poplar Bluff. They cant even leave one acre for our cemetery?

    PBRMC recently obtained options on the 64-acre site from three land-ownersSikestons DCB Real Es-tate Partnership owning the bulk of propertyso the hospital can build its seven-story, 425,000-square-foot, $170 million medical campus.

    John Massey, a consultant in Nashville whose firm has worked with more than 400 hospitals, previously identified the cemetery, and notified Bedell that a solution would be needed before further site development, according to hospital officials.

    PBRMC is currently in the en-vironmental surveying stage, ac-cording to Chief Executive Officer Greg Carda. A public hearing for the certificate of need with the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee is slated for 9 a.m. May 9 in Jeffer-son City.

    Carda said he feels confident PBRMC will receive the OK since all replacement hospital projects in Missouri over the past five years have been approved. If all goes accordingly, he added, site work would begin by summer, with the new hospital beginning to care for patients in the first quarter of 2014.

    We are excited to be able to ex-pand our services with the new hos-pital, especially the plans for expan-sions of the emergency department and intensive care unit, said Lavah Lowe, PBRMC chief operating of-ficer. The ER is in many ways the front door to our hospital, as it is the first stop for many of our patients. The expansion of these services in particular will allow for improved patient flow processes, which in turn creates an even better patient experi-ence.

    The present hospital facility at its North campus location on West-wood Boulevard is so strapped for space, Carda said, his executive team has exhausted all possible creative solutions.

    The proposed medical campus would be the single largest corporate investment in Poplar Bluff history, confirmed Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. Between 200 and 250 employees will be added, bumping the annual payroll from $44 million to $55 million in the first five years, according to Carda.

    The property owners of the planned future siteBedell, Steve Boyers, and Thomas and Sally Doddbegan the six-step process to achieve annexation of 105 acres during the Poplar Bluff City Coun-cil meeting Monday. The action is expected to be completed May 2.

    The request to expand into city limits is mainly so the new hospital can access the Poplar Bluffs utility grid, the CEO said.

    Last week, PBRMC put out a press release announcing that it would not seek tax abatement for its proposed facility. On the previously considered development site along Oak Grove Road known as Eight Points, a 25-year tax abatement was secured with an Enhanced Enter-prise Zone.

    When Health Management As-sociates, PBRMCs parent company, turned down the Eight Points site

    last month, K2 Commercial Group of St. Louis announced it would partner with Medical Properties Trust to bring a competing hospital to Poplar Bluff.

    An MPT spokesman told the SEMO Times the publicly traded real estate investment trust is not committed to any particular course of action.

    PBRMCs lease for North campus is up in February 2014 with MPT, with an option for renewal, Carda said. The hospitals South campus does not have a third-party owner.

    While Carda, a Poplar Bluff na-tive, said he hopes Eight Points does go forward with its $400 million commercial development, he ex-plained why PBRMC opted out to become the medical anchor.

    It took a while to piece together the development along with the total scope of the project, and the cost wasnt known until fairly late, so at some point it was obvious we needed to look into other options, Carda said. In the end, there was still a significant difference in up-front cost associated with the Eight

    Points site.The proposed medical campus

    will require PBRMC to pay $2.1 million in Butler County taxes annually, and another $400,000 if annexed. More than $1.6 million of the total would directly benefit the Poplar Bluff R-I School Dis-

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    New Hospital near Cemetery Site still a go, PBRMC CEO says

    SEMO Times/Tim KrakowiakGeorgia webb, 81, of Poplar

    Bluff visits the Shadle Fami-ly cemetery on the proposed hospital site wednesday.

  • trict, verified Marion Tibbs, Butler County assessor.

    According to the PBRMCs CON filed in February with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the new acute care hospital would have 250 beds, 100 more than PBRMC currently staffs.

    The majority of the licensed beds210would come from South campus, which may be subsequently donated entirely to Three Rivers College. This year the community college began leasing out portions of the building for its nursing and allied health program on Pine Street for $1 annually.

    If more space at the downtown center becomes available, the col-lege will certainly be interested in exploring all options, said Dr. Devin Stephenson, Three Rivers president. There is a great need for health care workers and training, and our medical community in this region has identified a number of new programs that we have included in our future plans. Start-up and maintenance expenses for programs of this nature are costly and we will need to be creative and wise in our expansions.

    Of the 213 beds North campus currently has licensed through the state, PBRMC is proposing to relocate 40 to the new facility and convert the present hospital into the largest rehabilitation and psychiat-ric provider in the regi