Tri-County suspends building project: Preparing for COVID-19

by Trinity Gruenberg

Joel Beiswenger, president and CEO of Tri-County Health Care (TCHC), announced on April 1 that they are suspending the $70 million construction project for a new facility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was announced a year ago in April and has been in the works for the past three years. They were looking to develop a rural health center of the future. The concept for the new facility is outpatient based, while recognizing there is still a need for inpatient beds. Outpatients generate about 90 percent of their revenue. The rationale behind this is to enhance patient and staff safety, privacy, security and comfort while improving the health of the communities they serve. “We know that right now our mission is about managing this emergency situation with the COVID-19 crisis. Our first commitment is to the present needs of our patients, our communities and our staff, and we have to be careful that we do not allow something like our building project or anything else to divert our attention from those goals at this critical time,” explained Beiswenger. . . . .

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