PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School District is preparing to sell its former administration building at the Olympic Medical Center for nearly $1 million, freeing up hospital space for medical services.
OMC will relocate administrative staff to the 8,400 square foot two-level structure across East Forth Street from the Clallam County Courthouse sometime after the school board completes the sale as scheduled on 10 February, although not right away, a hospital official said this week.
The sale was removed from Thursday’s school board agenda so members could discuss the deal in executive session, board chairman Sandy Long said Monday.
“It was just a glitch,” Long said.
“What happened has nothing to do with the price of the building.
“We are really excited and looking forward to selling the building to the hospital.”
The hospital commissioners unanimously approved the expenditure of $955,116 for the 0.68 acre parcel and 45 parking spaces on January 5.
WTO commissioners discussed the purchase on Dec. 15.
“An offer in the amount of $950,000 has been made, and the 8,400 square foot space would be used for staff and to create more hospital space for patient care,” CEO Darryl Wolfe said. in a report, according to the minutes of the meeting.
“The hospital’s master planning process creates the need to move more people, and the need for space never ends. The valuation is slightly higher, at $965,000, and the cost is $113 per square foot.
The parcel was listed for $950,000 by Port Angeles Realty Inc. on the Olympic Listing Service.
A seller’s estimated settlement statement with the purchase price of $950,000, with a balance of $879,036 going to the school district, was included in Thursday’s school board agenda file.
OMC administrative staff housed on the hospital campus at 939 Caroline St. and eventually the Peabody Street Billing and Financial Services Center will move to premises on East Fourth Street, the OMC’s chief financial officer said. OMC Lorraine Cannon and Hospital Board Chairman John Nutter in separate interviews.
“As we grow to meet the needs of our community, we need the physical space to provide these clinical services,” Nutter said Monday.
He said meeting those needs became more difficult when federal Medicare and Medicaid cuts were imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They apply to outpatient hospital services located more than 250 meters from these hospitals so that they do not compete unfairly with unsubsidized private doctors.
After the change, doctors at OMC Eighth Street Clinic moved to OMC’s new medical building off Georgiana Street near OMC, and the clinic became a women’s and children’s medical facility, providing services that no longer did not fall under the restriction. The purchased building is 1.3 miles from the WTO.
“We are actively working to consolidate clinical services in and around the hospital as much as possible and to move functions that we don’t need at the hospital to other sites,” Nutter said.
As the WTO struggles to fill about 100 vacancies, Cannon said Tuesday it was too early to tell whether more staff will be hired when space is freed up by relocated staff.
She said it was too early to tell when employees might be moved due to the hospital’s focus on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, or what might fill that space once they do. would do.
One of OMC’s goals is to “reorganize and increase the number of inpatient beds, pursue telemedicine options, and add palliative care services to make the best and most efficient use of the use of our expert clinical staff,” according to the 2021-2024 strategic plan (olympicmedical.org).
“We are looking at long-term strategic planning that will help drive this conversation about what to do with this space,” Cannon said.
Options may include adding more clinical space or a lab or surgery room, she said.
Nutter suggested adding a rheumatology specialist.
“If a great candidate showed up tomorrow, there would be no room to put him,” he said.
The hospital has other more pressing priorities than adding beds, Nutter said.
“I don’t see it as bed space,” he said, citing the need for specialist doctors and imaging, laboratory and other ancillary services.
The hospital is licensed for 127 beds but dropped to 67 beds after the move from double rooms to single occupancy, Cannon said.
During the pandemic, patient enumeration took place in the 1960s, and it was in the 1930s before COVID 19, she added.
The building was built in 1962.
“The building is in fair condition,” according to a 2019 school district appraisal report. “Based on the renovation completed in 1991 and its current fair condition, the remaining economic life is estimated at 25 years. ”
Nolan Duce, director of maintenance and facilities for the school district, said Tuesday that 33 district employees, including the superintendent and assistant superintendent, were housed in the building, which had been occupied by the school district since at least 1983 before it won’t be released in 2019.
Commercial occupancy is one person for every 100 square feet of gross floor area, planning officer Emma Bolin said Tuesday.
“There’s quite a bit of flexibility on parking,” she said.
The building has roughly equal-sized first-floor and basement levels, two conference rooms, nine offices, three breakout rooms and a room for work cubicles, according to Port Angeles Realty.
“There’s a lot of common space that you can divide,” Duce said. “If they wanted multiple cabins, they could set it up so that they had more than 33 in that building.”
Proceeds from the sale will pay for school district capital projects, Duce said.
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