The approval of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that delays many nursing home constructions came to La Junta Health District on December 30. The board had heard many horror stories about the delays involved in obtaining this approval, but the health district's proposal was through a single consultation with eight questions, all of which could be easily answered; one with a review of the plan to include a rest room for employees. However, any future changes to the plan or renewal must approve CDPHE again.
The president of the health district Johnnie DeLeon believes that much of the credit goes to the medical experience of the WDM architects who developed the plans. Most of the work has been done by the board, but a major obstacle remains. The state has certain requirements regarding monitoring service guidelines. There should be a nurse call system, a door access control system, a security and video monitoring system, and telephone and location systems. These have gone out to tender, but it seems that no company can provide all the necessary services. In addition, some of the services are not available at a nearby provider.
The administrative assistant Adela Licano will work on a spreadsheet with categorical requirements so that the companies that provide these services can be compared directly. Diane Fowler, a nurse representative on the board, requested that one more category be added to the spreadsheet: memory care monitoring.
Bid sheets for the contractor were sent to 11 companies. Of them, four were chosen for future research and two companies remain. Matt Schindler, as a representative of WDM Architects, will be in town for the final interviews, which will take place in an executive session. The January 14 meeting will be held at Inspiration Field. The meeting will be called to order at 9 a.m. and will enter into executive session at 9:10 a.m. at 9:15, H.W. The Houston company of Pueblo will begin its 45-minute interview, 20 minutes for the presentation and 25 minutes for the interrogation of the Board and Schindler. At 10:15, Th Mark Young Construction Company of Frederick, Colorado, will present and be interrogated. Lunch will be at 11:15. The discussion, which will hopefully lead to a decision, will be from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. The meeting is made public when voting.
On January 21, starting at 6 p.m. at 7:30 pm, a public meeting will be held at Inspiration Field that will include a full presentation of all board members of the logo, plans, construction guidelines, and a projected timeline for project completion and opening of the new nursing home.
The financial advisor, Alan Matlosz, of Stifel Public Finance, suggested that there will be a favorable offer for the overall financing of the project, probably with a short-term loan to cover the initial expenses of the initial and early construction expenses, and one more term Long loan at a lower rate to finance the project as it develops.
The board expects to have an opening ceremony in February.
"It's perfect," said DeLeon. "The preliminary work can be done in the rest of the winter, and by the time the temperature is a factor, it will be April." DeLeon will present the project schedule. The nursing home must be open within 30 months from the application date of November 7, 2019. The Board waits much sooner.
DeLeon requested that the public be given peace of mind about the recent presentation of a possible problem with prairie dogs, which are a nuisance in northern La Junta. He drove all over the site, 35 acres, and observed no holes for prairie dogs. Obviously, prairie dogs are not a problem in the southern area of La Junta. A badger hole was observed at the site of the former Air Force dwelling south of La Junta.