On Oct. 15, the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners held a closed session meeting where they received reports from two consultant groups on options for reopening the Yadkin County hospital.
A press release following the meeting stated that the board was continuing to “move toward restoring healthcare to the citizens of Yadkin County.”
In the meeting, Spectrum Health Partners of Franklin, Tennessee, and Criterion Healthcare of Concord presented their reports of the financial analysis Yadkin Valley Community Hospital operations and physical analysis of the current hospital facility, respectively.
Board Chairman Kevin Austin stated, “We are seeing that a hospital is certainly viable in Yadkin County. There is an amazing opportunity here to create a new model for healthcare, not only for Yadkin County, but one that will be the example for communities like ours all over the country. “
The release states that the Spectrum report demonstrates from a financial perspective that the community has supported a hospital in the past, with an Emergency Department, diagnostics, inpatient beds and physicians’ offices, but it was not managed well. The report indicates that the proper mix of services matched with doctor recruitment and proper management will result in a very successful hospital.
The current facility was originally built in 1952 and has been added on to five times since then. The Criterion assessment indicates that most of the electrical and mechanical systems are decentralized and self-contained in each of the additions. Criterion’s assessment of the systems was conducted by Leech-Wallace, a third-party engineering firm.
According to the press release, the board of commissioners is very pleased with the reports and while there is still work to do to reopen the facility, or even parts of the facility, the commissioners are very excited with the opportunities for revitalizing health services in Yadkin County for the citizens.
The only action item on the agenda at Monday’s meeting of the board was to approve a budget amendment for the purchase of land to expand the trail system at the park. That budget amendment passed.
The next meeting of the board of commissioners will take place at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 in the Commissioners’ Chamber in the Human Services Building, located at 217 E. Willow St. in Yadkinville. The county offices will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving.