At their meeting Sept. 24, the Lucas County Health Center Board of Trustees appointed three of their board members to a Facility Master Plan Steering Committee for LCHC to determine whether to remodel the hospital or build a new smaller facility for the future.

Members appointed to the committee were Mike Miller, Natalie McGee and Sue Frazier.

At their August meeting, Ken McCormick of the Murray Company provided an overview presentation to the board about Facility Master Planning.

The purpose of the Facility Master Plan (FMP) is to provide information on whether LCHC should build a new smaller facility or remodel their existing facility. The process will take 4-5 months. After the FMP has been completed, the board will determine what direction to go in.

One of the factors driving the need for the FMP is that Pharmacy has a new regulation that will be in effect as of the end of this year. It was explained that a total of $500,000 will need to be expended to be in compliance with this new regulation.

The hospital’s administration determined that a Facility Master Plan was needed to determine what to do before investing this kind of money into the facility.

LCHC has a plan to comply with the new pharmacy regulation after the first of the year until they are able to make changes/adjustments to the facility.

Read the October 8, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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