Incine Village hospital renovation begins second phase |

Incine Village hospital renovation begins second phase

INCLINE VILLAGE “-The Incline Village Community Hospital recently began work on the second phase of the 30-year-old building’s renovation.

Work has begun to complete seismic improvements to the facility, the first of two parts of the renovation’s second phase, said Martha Simon, chief development officer with Tahoe Forest Hospital District, which owns IVCH.

Seismic upgrades include reinforcing the building’s walls to keep it from collapsing in the event of an earthquake.

It also protects a $3.5 million investment in a new Emergency Room at the facility, Simon said.

The seismic upgrades cost about $600,000, with a little less than half coming from the community.

They should be done sometime this summer, Simon said.

The rest of the $1.5 million second phase ” which includes an upper-floor overhaul to install improved diagnostic screening abilities and construct a new medical plaza designed to house specialty physicians that may include oncologists and geriatricians ” will occur after the seismic updates are finished, which is unsure at this time.

A full phase two timetable may be known next week, Simon said.

Originally, the second phase was to receive $750,000 in Tahoe Forest funding, with the other half coming from the community.

A campaign is continuing to raise the community’s half of the costs ” to date about $250,000 has been raised.

The ER ” phase one of the project ” opened early this year and was the result of a 2008 fundraiser to raise $1.75 million ” half the cost ” to match a $1.75 million investment from Tahoe Forest.

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