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Future Hospital Conceptual Drawings

Website Images of the future John C. Fremont Hospital building

On April 10, 2019 the John C. Fremont Healthcare District Board of Directors held a special meeting in the Mariposa County Library during which the architects introduced the following three alternative hospital rebuilds to the public.

These are conceptual drawings. The chosen plan will be refined as the project moves along.

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If we do not replace our existing hospital facility with a seismically safe structure by January 1, 2030, we will lose our license to operate a hospital in Mariposa County.

After interviewing several architects and builders, the John C. Fremont Hospital District's Board of Directors chose Cunningham Group Architecture, Inc. to design our new building and ProWest Constructors, a building management company, to oversee construction of our new hospital. Before hiring them, the District Board visited and examined a hospital they built together. We chose them not only because they are experienced in building beautiful and functional California hospital buildings, but because they have a demonstrated ability to work closely together to turn out a beautiful product to the satisfaction of the hospital management.

The architects provided three options in 2019. The options are:

Option 1: Provide structural upgrades where necessary to bring the existing hospital up to code and achieve the seismic safety required by the State of California. This would allow us to re-use the existing hospital designed in 1947. This could be the least expensive alternative unless we uncover problem areas in 70-year-oldconstruction that make extra expenditures mandatory; in that case the true costs could not be estimated. This option would not bring the design of the building up to modern standards of efficiency, but it could involve making minor expansions of some hospital areas including the addition of a few extra beds for skilled nursing.

Option 2: Build a new seismically safe hospital next to the old facility, re-condition the old hospital where necessary for complementary uses, and connect the two buildings. This would provide a modern, efficient hospital design and could substantially expand and update the capacity of the skilled nursing facility. Building costs could be forecast reliably based on economic data available at the time of construction.

Option 3: Build a new seismically safe hospital next to the old facility. Demolish the existing hospital structure and rebuild a new skilled nursing facility on the site of the old hospital. This would assure optimum health care throughout the life span of Mariposa's citizens, but it would be the most expensive of the three options.

The District Board has decided on the second option, because it satisfies the seismic requirements demanded by the State of California by 2030, and replaces the inefficient floor plan of the 70-year-old hospital with operational efficiencies of a modern building without burdening the community with costs beyond those immediately necessary.

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