CLAY CENTER – A fundraising campaign in support of the Clay Center Family Physicians (CCFP) renovation project is well past the halfway point in its room sponsorship effort.
The Clay County Hospital Foundation is coordinating the campaign, with 18 of the 25 exam rooms now sponsored with naming rights. At $5,000 a room, the effort has raised $90,000 toward the cost of furnishings, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) for the entire clinic. Combined with a $100,000 grant from the Patterson Family Foundation and other donations that have been received, the campaign has raised almost $213,000 toward the total cost of $250,000 for FF&E. The Foundation’s endeavor helps offset the cost of equipment for the project so CCMC can continue to invest in other continued advancements at the hospital.
The fundraising effort is serving a vital purpose for the renovation project, in part because COVID-19 caused a change in the project’s design. A complete interior remodel of the clinic, which hadn’t seen a major interior update since it was built in 1993, was initially limited to updated exam rooms, a new procedure room and the associated administrative spaces.
CCFP added Dr. Allison Haynes to the team last fall, and Dr. Eric Anderson will begin in August. Heather Tremblay, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, will also join the clinic team in August. These staff additions and continued growth of the clinic created a need for more space and layout efficiencies.
But when COVID-19 hit, the original remodeling plans were changed to include an infectious disease clinic, which features three stand-alone exam rooms and was the first phase completed in the remodel. This area has a separate air-handling unit so an airborne disease cannot enter any other areas of CCFP or Clay County Medical Center. The rooms can be used as COVID suites, where patients would be separate from the clinic to avoid exposure to other visitors. That change of plans came with a $100,000 increase in cost for the project.
Throughout the clinic, new flooring, ceilings, casework, and cabinets are being installed. Materials used in the furnishings and fixtures will be the type that can be totally sterilized when cleaned. The $1.6 million project is to be completed in August 2021.
Donations to support the campaign can be sent to the Clay County Hospital Foundation, PO Box 512, Clay Center, KS 67432. For more information, call Dan Thalmann, campaign director, at 785-747-6980.