Colorado hospital considers patient, employee housing project

Salida, Colo.-based Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has received a proposal to construct housing for employees as well as hospitality housing for patients, caregivers, families who live more than 30 miles from the hospital, Ark Valley Voice reported Oct. 19. 

The foundation proposed a one-story building with four 600-square-foot units and a full kitchen in each for hospitality housing. It argued that with current data, 10 to 25 patients at the hospital require housing each month, according to the publication. 

It also proposed an additional fourplex for employees of the hospital or creating an eight-unit building with hospitality and employee housing combined to lower infrastructure and construction costs.

The foundation would use $1.5 million from the Robert and Bernice Delnay Fund if approved by the hospital board. Operational costs are estimated to be $10,000 to $15,000 per year and would be funded by the foundation's Picie Hylton Charitable Fund. 

The proposal was said to be embraced by the board, but changes need to be made before it would be approved, according to Ark Valley Voice.

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