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Kooskia clinic set for remodel



KOOSKIA – If things go as planned, Kooskia’s Syringa Clinic will be seeing a facelift.

It’s in the planning stages for the Main Street clinic to undergo renovation to provide better access to health care for area residents.

The space the current clinic is currently in was originally built in 1910 and served as a dry goods store for many years. The property was purchased from Jim and Charlotte Baylor in 2005 by Barry and Jill Roark. Roark is also Syringa’s construction manager.

Options for remodeling were discussed at the regular September board meeting.

“Currently [physician assistant] Nathan Winder is at the Kooskia Clinic three days a week,” explained Syringa Clinics manager, Michelle Schaeffer.

“One goal is to increase the average daily patient load, which is at its capacity right now,” she said.

Board trustee Dick Tucker, who lives in the Tahoe Ridge area outside of Kooskia, said the physical therapy area at the clinic is “very tight.”

“In addition, there really isn’t adequate parking,” he said.

Roark said two basic plans are options:

Plan A would be to continue Syringa’s rent of approximately 1,250 square feet, about half the available space. This would call for construction of a new partition wall between the existing spaces and the addition of a new HVAC unit. Rent would be $625 per month.

Plan B would include the hospital taking over the entire 2,500-square-feet area. This plan would not necessarily include any improvements other than the installation of the access between the existing clinic and the new space. Rent would be $800 per month. In addition, with the use of the entire building, two parking spaces in front would be gained.

“I still feel a new structure someday with ample parking would be best,” Tucker said. “But I understand utilizing the space we have.”

Roark said he would like to see the hospital rent the entire facility as he feels it would be a good space for them to expand and grow.

“I want to be fair to the hospital and to myself. I would expect the rent to go up someday,” he said.

The building committee will continue to plan and discuss and will bring any new information to upcoming board meetings.

Syringa’s Kooskia Clinic is located at 022 North Main Street and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for various activities. Call 926-4776.



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