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Hospital officials meet with planners

December 02, 2003|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Health System is working with county officials to reach an agreement on how much it will have to pay for road improvements in the area of the proposed hospital site off Robinwood Drive, health system President Jim Hamill said Monday.

Hamill and other Washington County Hospital officials discussed the hospital's preliminary relocation plans at a Washington County Planning Commission meeting.

Senior Planner Tim Lung said road improvements to the area will cost about $12 million.

In October, Washington County Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer recommended to the County Commissioners that the health system pay $2.17 million for improvements.

At the time, the hospital had offered to contribute $539,340 for road improvements to the Robinwood Drive area, according to a county document.

The Robinwood Drive area includes Edgewood Drive and Mount Aetna Road.

Lung said some of the improvements would include additional lanes to Robinwood Drive and improvements to intersections in that area.

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Planning Commission member George Anikis said he didn't know where the county would find the amount of money necessary for improvements, but that the improvements should be made concurrently with the hospital's construction.

"It's going to be a challenge ... we're just going to have to work through it," County Commissioner James F. Kercheval said.

Kercheval is also a member of the Planning Commission.

Hamill said the new hospital would be five stories, and its planned opening date is March 2007.

The hospital site would include a helipad, a power plant for standby power and an incinerator.

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