Rooks County Health Center is requesting NMTC allocation to support the expansion of their existing rural Critical Access Hospital located Plainville, Kansas – the only hospital in the county.
The Project entails the addition of a permanent 2,800 square foot MRI and Nuclear Medicine facility to bring an MRI and Nuclear Medicine functions in-house versus utilizing a mobile unit. The Project also includes the construction of a dedicated rehabilitation center needed to both consolidate and integrate existing therapy programs to provide a patient treatment layout that is anticipated to provide greater efficiency and reduce risks associated with contagious disease to which the current physical plan allows (the “Project”). The rehabilitation center will support the hospital in the areas of physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapy.
The Project will address operational inefficiencies and shortfalls as caused by the dependency on a mobile MRI unit, as well as responding to capacity concerns related to meeting expanding needs of clinical patients and the impact to underlying operational costs of operational inefficiencies driven by the current space.
The Rooks County Health Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital and health clinic located in Northwest Kansas serving the needs of 8,000 residents throughout its service area of Rooks County and the bordering cities. The hospital provides
- Inpatient medical care: acute, obstetrics, swing-bed
- Out-patient care: emergency room, laboratory, radiology, surgery, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, wound care and chemotherapy
- Therapy services: physical, occupational, respiratory and speech.
The hospital operates with 5 active full-time physicians, 1 active physician assistant, 2 active certified registered nurse anesthetists, 2 dentists, 77 courtesy physicians, 7 anesthetists, and 9 behavioral science professionals. The medical staff is supported by 117 other departments which include acute nursing, administrative, housekeeping, medical records, x-ray, as well as physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapies. Since opening its existing facility in 2008, RCH has since witnessed a 295% increase of inpatient and outpatient services leaving the hospital to fall short in its ability to tend to the medical needs of this rural, medically underserved community. The Sponsor believes the improvements created by the Project are absolutely vital to supporting the immediate and long-term needs of the area.
The Sponsor has requested NMTC allocation that would be provided entirely by CHHS to fill the gap in financing and make the Project financially feasible. The Project aims to broaden and enhance the depth of services in the areas of therapy and nuclear medicine for this underserved locale and will support 3,440 low-income persons as well as 8,000 low-income community residents (100% of service base).
- Severe Distress Under 2006-2010 Census Data
- Annual Family Income of 77.14%
- Medically Underserved Area
- 5 FTE jobs created
- 31 construction jobs
The Project is located in a severely distressed census tract based upon the 2006-2010 census data by virtue of being located in a location with a median income less than 80% of the area and a non-metropolitan designation. Additionally, the Project is located within a Medically Underserved census tract pointing to the medical shortages which are prevalent throughout the locale. The project will alleviate the pressures of the patient influx that has risen 295% since RCHC’s opening in 2008. The project involves a new MRI and nuclear medical facility with a newly constructed dedicated rehabilitation center which will be attached to the existing hospital and will consolidate physical, occupational, cardiac rehab, and speech therapy departments into a cohesive setting. The Project will provide such services to the entirety of Rooks County. Based on the CDE’s mission of providing subsidized financing to medical facilities which support distressed communities in medically underserved areas this project appears to directly align with the CDE’s mission.