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Hospital Unveils $57M Expansion

Kootenai Health is outgrowing its hospital. That's why hospital trustees have authorized the first phase of construction in what could become a bigger five-year project, with phase I providing a $57 million, three-story addition and new main hospital entryway on the north side of the existing facility. Construction on the first phase - the first patient-care expansion in 30 years - is scheduled to start late this summer or early fall, with a target completion date of late next year, Kootenai Health CEO Jon Ness said Tuesday. And he's not complaining about the growing pains. “I think what's uncommon about this is that many hospitals now are experiencing decreases in their inpatient census and we are experiencing increases,” Ness said. “Over 18 months, we've increased our confidence that this is the right thing for the hospital, the right thing for patients and it's the right thing for this community/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Courtesy Photo: Kootenai Health)

Question: Have you or a family member been treated at Kootenai Health recently?

Adams Pulls Threat Of Sewer Appeal

  • H/T: Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19, for providing video

Question: Any thoughts about Adams' prepared statement?

Judge Gives OK To Sewer Project

Judge John Luster has given approval, through the judicial confirmation process, for the city of Coeur d'Alene to spend $36M for a federally mandated expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The judge deemed the project an “ordinary and necessary” expense — and, therefore, it doesn't require a public vote. The city is moving ahead with a public vote because Councilman Steve Adams has threatened to appeal the decision, tying up the project in court for possibly up to a year and endangering federal loans and funding. Full judge's decision here.

Question: Do you think someone can talk some sense into Councilman Steve Adams before tonight's meeting, to avoid an unnecessary expense of $75,000 to conduct a bond election in May?

CdA Moves Ahead w/Sewer Vote

It could go to a vote. Coeur d'Alene's legal department said Wednesday it's recommending the city hold an election to get approval to pay for up to $36.3 million worth of federally mandated improvements to its wastewater treatment plant — a move that comes in response to one councilman's pledge to tie the matter up in court if the city didn't ask voters. Staff has crafted a proposed bond ordinance that it will ask the City Council to approve during a special meeting at noon today that would put the issue before voters on May 21. It means the council could decide on whether to hold an election on wastewater treatment plant upgrades before it even knows the fate of its judicial confirmation — the way it originally sought to secure the money to pay for the project/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: This might be the day that Judge John Luster rules that the federally mandated sewer plant expansion is a necessary expense, not requiring a public vote.

Question: Has anyone called Councilman Steve Adams to inform him that he represents more people than just the crowd in this matter?

Benewah Medical Clinic Expands

Kathy Quinn, right, housekeeping supervisor for Benewah Medical Center moves a stained glass piece into the lobby of the new facility on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The grand opening is this Friday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Gary Leva joked that employee productivity would drop with the opening of the new Benewah Medical Center. With its rooftop gardens, open atrium and sweeping mountain views, it’s easy to see how the CEO might worry his professionals could get lost in the landscape. But increased services and overall growth of medical offerings on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation are the top goals for the new $17 million facility. It’s among several health facilities popping up on Native American reservations as proceeds from casinos funnel through the tribes into infrastructure/Jennifer Pignolet, SR. More here.

Question: Are you aware of all the public good performed by the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe?

AM: Casino Upgrade To Open In May

This is an artist's sketch of plans for the new steakhouse at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, which is set to open in May. Lori Hutson SR story here. (Courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Casino)

Breaking! Mountain West Won’t Expand

Boise State is not going to the Mountain West today, anyway. Commissioner Craig Thompson announced Monday that the conference’s nine presidents have decided to wait to make a decision on expansion until there is more clarity about what will happen with conferences around the country/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you think will happen with realignment in college football?

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