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10/21/2012 6:01:00 AM
Medical center reopening in Kingman
Second ER for Kingman will open next fall
Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, which closed last year after opening in 2009, will be back in business by next spring.
Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, which closed last year after opening in 2009, will be back in business by next spring.

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

The mothballed former Hualapai Mountain Medical Center will partially reopen next year as part of a five-year plan by Kingman Regional Medical Center.

KRMC said it plans to relocate its acute inpatient rehab unit to what will now be referred to as the Hualapai Mountain campus by next spring. That would be followed by a reopening of the emergency department by the fall.

KRMC purchased the property for $31 million last year after HMMC's parent company MedCath, decided to close the 2-year-old hospital. The $70 million facility opened on Oct. 15, 2009, with 70 private beds. About 220 employees lost their jobs when HMMC closed.

KRMC spokeswoman Jamie Taylor said the five-year plan was developed with the input of physicians, board members, managers and staff.

"The plan reflects the best forecast available when considering variables such as community growth and demand for medical services, commercial and government reimbursement, and medical staff recruitment," Taylor said.

KRMC needs to petition the Arizona Department of Health Services to get the Hualapai building licensed for relocation of the rehabilitation unit. Taylor said plans are to have that unit up and running by April. The space vacated by the unit on KRMC's third floor would then be turned into a 20-bed observation unit pending DHS approval.

Taylor said KRMC officials plan to petition DHS to open the emergency department at the Hualapai campus by the fall of next year.

"This will enable the hospital to better meet the growing demand for emergency services," Taylor said. "Patients requiring a hospital admission would be transferred to the KRMC main campus."

Longer-term projects would include moving obstetrics, pediatrics and orthopedic services. An ambulatory surgery center is planned as well as a medical office building to accommodate the office space needs of medical staff and other outpatient health services.

Taylor said that the hospital's ultimate goal is to have all private rooms for admitted patients.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen Too

Evidently the only people that respond to comments to the various articles in the KDM are people that didn't quite have the grades to graduate from the mohave county truck driving and cna school( MCCC). You would think that at least a few people born somewhere besides Kingman and maybe actually received a education above middle school would occasionally read a paper and write a response. But, based on the ignorant comments posted in response to this article, essentially about gross mismanagement of a "commmunity owned" resource, you would read a comment or two about something other than new stores or restaurants, or interchanges on I40, or the good old boys. Or, building a VA clinic in the new facility that was long ago nexed by the VA themselves.

I should have done a much better due diligence.....I would not be here had I done so.

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Article comment by: Just Wait

Now that KRMC owns everything in town, including HMMC, just you watch how fast the good ole boys put in an offramp at Kingman Crossing! Tick tock, tick tock! Your head will spin mark my words!

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Article comment by: jist me

WHY ARE YOU ATTACKING KRMC ABOUT THE VA?????? the VA made the decision not to partner with KRMC as they only want a small stand alone office.

If you want the VA to partner with KRMC, start with your congressman.

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Article comment by: amberlee james

Yes, once again the vets get overlooked, however I must say the issue is not with KRMC its with the VA. They drag their feet, any vet should realize that! My parents were both vets and I have always called the VA..population control! Its the way they treat the fighters of freedom of our country.

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: Observing Kingman

KRMC discounting the VETS is a serious slap in the face. Maybe they should put the same effort they put into building their BAKERY reputation. Lets get back to medical care and health issues. If they are so supportive of our community, we have a large amount of VETS and RETIRED population. Our poor Vets go to a tiny office and wait months to get an appointment. But, if they want to hold a party, KRMC may provide a building for that. For a price.

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: Morons Everywhere

Again the Veterans,yea,those of us that fought for everyone's freedoms and rights,have been run over by the bus and flattened.Good going to our shameful Veterans association and KMRC for not actually trying.You can say you did this tried that,but your no better than Obama!!

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: the first time and not the last time

down with this poor vets !

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: Linus Van Pelt

@ Still Waiting, don't forget the Target se were getting, or the "Conference Center " on El Travator Hill. The list is endless.

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: Warren AO

Who is Paying? -

An observation unit, in this context, is for patients who have in fact been admitted.

Regarding this:

'I wanted to express my disappointment that the Hualapai Medical Center will not be also used for Veteran medical care.'

KRMC has approached the VA, repeatedly, for years, offering services to vets. The VA has never accepted any offers.


Concerned Citizen Too -

The financial woes of MedCath have been well documented in this and other papers for several years now. They were in trouble before they built the HMMC facility. They've since been selling facilities at 'fire sale prices' across the country.

Similarly, the lack of pay increases for employees, as has also been noted more than once, has nothing to do with capital expense funds. KRMC keeps some funding in reserve precisely so it can purchase new equipment as needed. To use those funds to give raises to staff would be, to say the least, enormously irresponsible. ('Well, gee, we'd love to be able to treat your condition with the latest equipment to ensure a better prognosis, but our staff wanted a pay raise instead.')

Indubitably it's taken time - and will continue to take time - to get the full service range available at HMMC/HMC functioning. That's a necessary evil. You don't just buy a building, hang out a shingle, and hey presto, you've got a hospital. The red tape involved in facility inspection, licensure, and permitting alone is measurable in the trillions of miles - and before you can begin any of that, you have to know what you intend to use the building for. You can't start with, 'Well, we're going to open an obstetrics facility', and then, right after you get the permit, say, 'Oh, whoops, we're turning it into a rehab center instead, sorry, our bad.'

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: Still Waiting

This is too funny. I have lived here since 2007 and seen the front page articles showing growth here in Kingman. I am still waiting for the new movie theater and restaurants on Hualapai Mt Rd. Where are the Five Brothers Burgers and the Chipotle Taco? I will believe this when it happens, Thank You.

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012
Article comment by: The Car of Juggernaut

And the car rolls on. Good luck Kingman, you'll need it!

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: cindy phillips

Why does the article state the hospital is mothballed ? Was there an infestation of moths ?

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Allan Gleason

As an aging soul, I had the opportunity to have a procedure performed on me at HMMC before it closed. It is a very nice facility not unlike KRMC, but other than the beautiful copper-clad walls of the visitors/registration area, it is not architecturally innovative,,,, such as the circular ward-towers at Boswell hospital in Sun City, AZ.

I'm glad to learn that it is going to reopen. Hopefully, access across I-40 from there into SE Kingman will make it more accessible.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Dean Wolslagel

The area needs a veterans clinic as we have so many vets in this area who need to get medical attention locally. KRMC should work with the Veterns adminstration for collabrative programs that will open the doors to our local heros. How much room would a clinic need in such a large facility that now sits empty!
Its not right to ignore our veterns needs!

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Observing Kingman

This sounds like a great, well thought out, plan. But where will you hold your parties?

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tax Payer

The hospital paid 31 million dollars for a project that cost 70 million dollars just 2 years prior to the purchase.

Now if that doesn't demand an investigation into fraudulant business practices I don't know what does.

Who gets to foot the 40 million dollar price difference? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: What a compelete waste of time KRMC

So, once again KRMC will be screwing things up!!! how do you plan to transfer patients? I hope its not by River Medical,that is the last thing we need is having our local ambulances tied up by pathetic crap annd not be in service for people that really need the ALS care at their homes.

Well next thing we will see in the paper is that KRMC has bought out River Medical!!

What ever happend to the NO MONOPOLY laws?

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen Too

Let me see if I understand this correctly. MeDCath, with hospitals all over the country, and infastructure to support financial decision making, couldn't make a go in Kingman with their little 70 bed hospital. So KRMC, the sharpest tack in the box, decides to buy it at fire sale prices because they are smarter than MedCath. Then, for the next two years use it as a party venue because they don't have enough money to have the KRMC Christmas party in Laughlin or some other real party venue (where it's been held in the past)......and, no raises for their employees because they don't have any money

Is there anybody watching these people? The county manager buys several thousand dollars worth of security equipment and the community outcry is heard everywhere. The so called
Board of Directors for KRMC spends $31 million of "community money" without a plan and nobody says a word. Is this really a community owned hospital or not, is anybody watching these people.

I know they are supposed to be a "Non Profit", but that doesn't mean they should get away with stupid decisions. And buying a $31 million facility and letting it set vacant for years is mismanagement on a grand scale.

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Article comment by: Who is Paying?

"The space vacated by the unit on KRMC's third floor would then be turned into a 20-bed observation unit pending DHS approval".

My question is, is KRMC increasing observation beds in anticipation of garnering greater profits directly from Medicare patients who believe they have actually been admitted and Medicare is paying for it, when it actuality, THEY are responsible for payment when they are in for observation? Just wondering.

Also, I wanted to express my disappointment that the Hualapai Medical Center will not be also used for Veteran medical care. BUT I'm glad that KRMC emergency services will be expanded.

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