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1 September 27, 2021 Cando hospital se 3 sites ..vx The Star on $58 million project By John Rosinski Of The Star A project exceeding $55 million could be happening in Cando sooner rather than later. A public meeting was held at the North Star School. earlier this week with officials from Towner County Med— ical Center (TCMC) regarding a possible major recon- struction project. i If the endeavor goes through it will involve the TCMC, Towner County Living Center and North Star School. TCMC Administrator/CEO Ben Bucher conducted the meeting. He wenththrough what the project entails, why officials want to do it, how much it will cost and when everything could be finished. The overall scope of the project involves constructing a new TCLC, new hospital and new football field and track at the school. I The biggest change would involve Towner County Living Center (TCLC), or what’s more commonly known as the nursing home. The projeCt calls for constructing a new nursing home that would be located in the same area as the hospital and clinic. TCLC was originally built in 1966 with an expansion occurring in 1997 and is currently located in the center of Cando, several blocks away from the hospital. Bucher explained that reimbursements for TCLC are based on cost of care. Due to the age of the current building, prop- erty costs will soon exceed operating costs. By 2023, the building will have exceeded its usable life, according to Bucher. “We could look to remodel and extend the life a few years but we thought this gives us a good opportunity to bring us together on one campus,” Bucher said. A shared campus could result in a number of benefits. Meals are currently made at TCMC but then have to be transported to the nursing home. Maintenance crews are shared between the two buildings and residents at the home need to be transported to the clinic or hospital. The new nursing home would be 28,000 square feet and consist of 30 beds, all with a private bathroom. Bucher said rooms could feature double occupancy if a pair of residents wanted to live together. Bucher said crews were working on an actual design and it should be completed in the next couple of weeks. The hospital was originally constructed in 1952 with an expansion occurring in 1966. A new clinic and emer- gency room were built in 1995. Bucher said it was a pos- itive fact that the building was nearly 70 years old because that meant the community has had access to health care for that many years. He added a new building would allow officials to provide health care for the area for another 70 years. “We’re going to make sure when we do this we don’t screw it up,” Bucher said. “We’re doing this very strate— gically.” "Thelrréwfh'o’éqaital Wouldconsist Of 48,000 square feet and feature the same services that are currently provided. The clinic would not be torn down or replaced. The project also dovetails with the North Star School ' because there currently isn’t enough land for the new hos— pital and nursing home. To make the project work, the football field will turn and instead of running north and south, it will play west to east. Tom Belzer has donated land located west of the current field that will be used in the project; In addition to a new football field, the school will also have a new track and field. The new track could allow North Star to host track and field meets in the fu- ture. ~ The topline costs for the endeavor total $58,086,000. That includes approximately $44,528,000 for the hospi- tal and $13,588,000 for TCLC. Bucher said officials are working with USDA to secure funding that could cover 99 perCent of the endeavor and are not working on finan- cial assumptions. He added up to 75 percent of the proj— ect could be paid by Medicare. “If we keep doing what we’re doing We can make these numbers work. They’re big and they’re scary but we can make it work. We’re also looking to hopefullyex- pand what we can offer in the future Bucher indicated officials hope to secure funding by the end of this year. If that is accomplished, the first work will take place at the football field. Bucher said crews could start constructing the new field in May with the hope that the field is ready in time for the 2022 fall sea- son. The second phase will include building a new hospi- tal and nursing home, which could take up to 18 months. The third phase will be to occupy the new buildings and become operational. That would take about a month to complete. All total, the project could be finalized by the summer of 2024. A Bucher said officials will be looking to give away the old nursing home if it can find somebody interested in oc- cupying the building. Otherwise, for around $800,000, the structure will be removed and the land turned into available commercial property. Officials‘explained they will keep the public informed of the status of the project in multiple ways over the next several months. They said one of the' first announcements will be whether or not funding has been secured. Page 3 Courthouse News The following cases were dis- posed of in Rolette County District Court. The dollar amount listed in- cludes bond forfeiture and admin- istrative fees paid. Theft of property Brock James Chidester, 31 , Rolla, $560, sentenced to 36 months in jail, 33 months suspended, credit for six days time served and placed on su— pervised probation for two years. Sentence to run concurrent with other charge. Defendant can served time on house arrest. Brock James Chidester, 31, Rolla, sentenced to 36 months in jail, 33 months suspended, credit for six days time served and placed on supervised probation for two years. Sentence to run concurrent with other charge. De- fendant can served time on house ar. rest. Possession of drug paraphernalia Brock James Chidester, 31 , Rolla, sentenced to 36 months in jail, 33 months suspended, credit for six days time served and placed on supervised probation for two years. Defendant can served time on house arrest. Possession of a controlled substance Brock James Chidester, 31 , Rolla, sentenced to 36 months in jail, 33 months suspended, credit for six days time served and placed on supervised probation for two years. Defendant can served time on house arrest. Speeding Juan Jose Hernandez Aguilar, 32, Vian, Oklahoma. Christopher Joseph Longie, 27, Belcourt. Jonathon James Lee Barnes, 25, St. John. Gordy DeCoteau, 67, Dunseith. Denise Lynn Malaterre-Kinney, 48, Belcourt. Robert M. Monette, 57, Rolla. Vanessa Marie Poitra, 42, Belcourt. SIV, 16, Mylo. I Care required Savon Emerson Flansburg, 25, Bottineau. Deserea Dominique Fosseneuve, 24, Dunseith. Leaving the scene of accident involving vehicle damage Deserea Dominique Fosseneuve, 24, Dunseith, $250, sentenced to 10 days in jail, 10' days suspended and ,placed on unsupervised probation for ‘ one year. Failure to give immediate . notice of Deserea Dominique Fosseneuve, 24, Dunseith. Driving without liability insurance Joseph Ivan Mickelson, 25, St. John. Failure to wear seatbelt Violation of registration accident provisions driver Driving while license privilege is suspended Morgan Paige Belgarde, 27, Dun- jail, two days suspended, eight days credit for time served and placed on t”. 4 Joel Alan Haggerty, 20, Dunseith. V seith, $250, sentenced to 10 days in j Joel Alan Haggerty, 20, Dunseith. unsupervised probation'for one year. 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