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Syringa Hospital: Making it better: Town hall meeting to address facility renovation plans

GRANGEVILLE – County residents interested in the future of Syringa Hospital and Clinics are invited to a town hall meeting set for Thursday, June 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center on the truck route.

“We will be sharing the master plans for the upcoming hospital renovations,” explained CEO Joe Cladouhos.

The meeting will take place in an open house format where those attending can visit various tables and see plans as well as discuss the benefits to the renovation.

“The entire three-year plan is meant to make the hospital experience the best possible one for our patients,” explained Clarence Chapman, Syringa Foundation director.

Since the buildings and properties around the hospital have been purchased piecemeal over time, the units need to be tied together for maximum efficiency, Cladouhos explained.

“We’re not increasing the size of the hospital or clinics, we’re just trying to make what we have better and more efficient,” he said.

A portion of the funds left to the hospital from the estate of Orrin and Eleanora Webb are being used for the project. In addition, the hospital is in the long-term process of applying for a CEDA grant for 2015 to help cover other costs. In all, the project will take about $2.5 million.

“We want to start a dialogue with the community to see what they think of the plans and the process,” Cladohous added. “We want to address any concerns now.”

One of these concerns, he said, will most likely be the trees in front of the hospital.

“There are five trees and we are able to save three and still complete the new drive-through entrance area,” he said. “I know this is hard – to get rid of trees – but it’s the best way to be able to complete the entrance.”

Chapman said he also realizes there are questions about the proposed helipad at the parking lot across the street (former Ernie’s Steakhouse), which is now owned by Syringa.

“These are two separate projects and no Webb money has been or will be used for this, but we know people have some questions and we will definitely try our best to answer these,” he said.

Those with questions or who simply want to see what the renovation plans are should come to the meeting, plan to visit the informational tables and be prepared to ask or write down questions. Representatives from various areas in the hospital as well as the board of trustees, architect and a contractor will be on hand.

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