Medical center reopening in Kingman

Second ER for Kingman will open next fall

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Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, which closed last year after opening in 2009, will be back in business by next spring.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br> Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, which closed last year after opening in 2009, will be back in business by next spring.

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.