ARMC looking at capital improvements

ALPENA – Alpena Regional Medical Center has set forth plans for projects totaling more than $3 million for this year and next.

The building and grounds committee updated the ARMC Board of Trustees on several expensive major mechanical projects that are old and in need of replacement during Tuesday’s board meeting. The board heard the committee on the switchgear replacement project, fire pump replacement project, boiler plant replacement project, air handlers 4&5 replacement (surgery and central supply) project, and the fire alarm system replacement project.

“Between all of these projects, there is about $3.5 million we’re going to tackle this year and next,” committee Chair James Florip said.

The committee had three bids for the fire pump replacement project, the lowest bid being from Total Fire Protection at $304,031.

The board heard from the development/liaison committee on its projects including:

  • the development council scholarships are available under the giving and support tab at the ARMC website or at the ARMC information desk, gift shop, nursing administration or development office. These scholarships are funded for students pursuing a career in health care.
  • The community outreach committee is offering a program for young girls and their mothers called Pressure to be Perfect on Saturday. This is a day-long program with presenters offering their expertise regarding nutrition, exercise, physical and emotional changes, skin and hair care, and makeup to the audience.
  • the planned gifts committee presented their presentation, Leaving a Legacy, to the Alpena Tri-County Zonta Club. The committee also held its final program in the Food For Thought lunch and learn series called, When They’ll Need You Most, regarding common concerns and strategies for counseling clients with young children.

The medical affairs committee approved:

  • medical credentials for Kurt Graham, MD, physical medicine to provisional staff, Bruce Whitaker, MD, internal medicine to locum tenens staff, Brandon Peters, DO, emergency medicine to locum tenens staff, Dan Quigley, MD, general surgeon to provisional staff.
  • the capital purchase of equipment recommended first to the finance/cost committee for the hardware for the installation of the EMR (NextGen) for Alpena Orthopaedic Associates and purchase of a Surgical Ophthalmic Microscope for surgery.

The emergency department project design group will travel to view other high functioning emergency rooms to gather information and hopefully come to the board with a floor plan on the project.

  • the next board of trustees meeting is scheduled for March 26.

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