Stonewall Hospital nursing home construction over budget $400K

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As the nursing home construction project more than two years in the making nears completion, due to numerous obstacles, setbacks, and delays, Stonewall hospital administrators are projecting a $400,000 shortfall in the $4.13 million budget set last year.

Built in 1974 and opened in 1976, the hospital district’s board and administration began looking to replace the aging nursing home facility over two years ago. The district acquisitioned almost 10.5 acres north of the current hospital to construct a new building in April 2017.

SMH was able to gain the Attorney General’s approval for a $4 million bond, due to the hospital district’s solid financial status. This allowed the board to finance the construction without any additional burden to the taxpayers, as the district would repay the bond purely out of pocket.

Contractors officially broke ground last July on what was anticipated to be an estimated 12-month construction project.

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