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Upgrade project begins at Incline Village Community Hospital

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One view of how the second-floor Incline Health Center will look after upgrades are completed by April 2017.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village Community Hospital is planning significant campus improvements over the next 18 months, aimed at enhanced patient services, building improvements and fire safety.

The project is funded through community philanthropy and hospital operations.

“We are committed to our role as the local community hospital and our partnership with the Incline Village, Crystal Bay, and North Tahoe communities,” IVCH hospital administrator Judy Newland said. “As part of that commitment, we are expanding our primary care, specialty care, and access to services through a renovation of our second-floor health center to better serve our residents and visitors. Patients also will see improvements to the hospital’s laboratory.”

Incline Village Community Hospital serves thousands of local residents and visitors each year. In 2015, the hospital accepted more than 3,800 emergency department visits and provided more than 33,000 outpatient procedures, including laboratory testing, X-rays and CT scans and ambulatory surgery procedures.

The hospital, a proud part of the Tahoe Forest Health System since 1996, offers youth dental screenings, fluoride clinics and a variety of other important community health programs.

The development of a new patient Care Team model was recently introduced at IVCH, with cardiology, internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine care now available in the Health Clinic on the second floor.

The new improvement effort will receive $690,000 in financial support from the IVCH Foundation, as well as an additional $50,000 from the North Lake Tahoe Community Health Care Auxiliary. The balance of funds will come direct from IVCH operations.

“The Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation is committed to supporting our local hospital and the communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay,” said foundation President Warren Kocmond. “We are thankful to our community members for their generosity, and we will strive to do even more to support our hospital in the coming months.”

Construction on the exterior renovation project is set to begin this month and continue until November. All exterior plywood will be replaced with Hardie board nonflammable siding to improve fire safety. The work will include stone accents and new roofing of the hospital’s lower section.

The second-floor Incline Health Center project will include maintenance and improvements that will enhance operations and aesthetics. The laboratory upgrades will begin in November and be completed in April 2017.

“We are very grateful to our community partners — the Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation and the North Lake Tahoe Health Care Community Auxiliary — for working with us as we make improvements to enhance our patient experience,” Newland said.

These projects are the latest in a long list to receive support from the Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation which, since launching in 2004, has raised more than $3.5 million for the hospital from local residents and visitors.

Past projects included a full emergency room renovation, addition of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and laboratory upgrades to facilities, and physical plant improvements for public serving spaces.

The North Lake Tahoe Community Health Care Auxiliary also has donated more than $457,000 to the hospital, and has supported IVCH with more than 100,830 hours of volunteer service over the past 22 years.

For more information about the IVCH project or to inquire about philanthropic opportunities, please contact Betsy Kinsley, at 775-888-4204.

This article was provided by Tahoe Forest Health System. Visit tfhd.com to learn more.