The Mark Twain Health Care District Board of Directors took a number of significant steps at its last meeting for 2016, including approval of a floor plan for a new clinic in Valley Springs, saying goodbye to board member Ken McInturf and welcoming new member Debbie Sellick.

Board member Dr. Randy Smart, reporting on real estate committee activities, said that the effort to build a new clinic in Valley Springs is on track. But, he said, that timeline is “tight” because of the need to meet various requirements connected to the U.S. Department of Agriculture loan that is financing the roughly $7 million cost to purchase land and design and construct the building on Highway 26 at Vista Del Lago West outside Valley Springs.

The current project is a 9,793-square-foot building that is only just over half the size of the 19,000 square foot building originally proposed. The building construction cost is estimated at $4.4 million.

In other clinic-related matters, the board voted unanimously to:

• Approve a floor plan for the clinic that calls for 15 examination rooms, or three times as many as in the existing Valley Spring clinic.

• To renew the project management contract of Patrick Van Lieshout.

• To hire Aspen Street Architects to complete the design documents for the project.

• To table discussion about selling a house next to the future clinic site. The house came with the property purchased for the clinic. Lot boundaries have been redrawn to allow the sale of the house, however, trustees decided to consider the matter further before deciding whether to sell.

In other matters, the board:

• Accepted an audited financial statement for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The statement shows that the district’s assets decreased by $2.5 million, primarily due to losses in the operation at Mark Twain Medical Center. The district owns the hospital and holds a 50 percent interest in the operation managed by Dignity Health.

• Witnessed a brief ceremony as incumbents Smart and Susan Atkinson and board newcomer Debbie Sellick took oaths of office.

• Applauded as Board President Lin Reed presented a plaque to outgoing board member Ken McInturf in recognition of his years of service. McInturf has been a district director since 2001. He also served the past four years as one of the district board’s representatives on the corporate board operating Mark Twain Medical Center.


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