Reviewing repair, maintenance and equipment needs
We are currently reviewing all of the upgrades necessary for Holy Cross Hospital's building infrastructure and equipment needs. This will be our primary focus for the next few months. Money from the mill levy won't be available for some time and the more strategic planning we do before hand, the more we will accomplish within the next year.
Moving forward in the coming weeks and months, we will work on the following steps:
We will update and reprioritize the list of needed medical equipment purchases and building maintenance and repair needs. The list will take into consideration new items that will be identified during the budgeting process for our upcoming fiscal year. It is my sense that we will set aside an amount of money (I am thinking $300,000 to $500,000) in a contingency fund of sorts just in case something breaks that we had not planned to replace. Over the first year and one half, I think we will spend about $2 to $2.5 million — making a huge dent in the backlog of needed projects. The remaining money will be spread over the remaining two and one half years. The money provided by this mill levy increase will allow us to make significant progress on the $10 million in needed repairs and equipment purchases; please keep in mind that the money will not be used for supplies or employee salaries. This spending schedule will depend on the ability of Taos County to issue bonds guaranteed by the mill levy revenue.
While we work to make sure our list is prioritized properly, we will also work with Taos County to determine exactly how the money will be transferred to the hospital as well as the process by which equipment purchases and needed repairs are prepared and presented to the Taos County Commissioners; the third step in our approval process. Step No. 1 will be administration approving management recommendations. Step No. 2 will be board approval of administration recommendations.
You can review our initial engineering studies here. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress here.
Thank you for your patience and support.