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New Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing & Knee­hill Med­i­cal Clinic Fri­day, July 8, 2016 • 12:00 to 5:00 pm 1600 2nd Street NE, Three Hills

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Knee­hill County to host grand open­ing of new ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing and med­i­cal clinic on Fri­day, July 8.

There will be some or­ga­ni­za­tional shuf­fling for the bet­ter in Three Hills as Knee­hill County is set to cel­e­brate the grand open­ing of their new ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

County and town of­fi­cials are host­ing the event to cel­e­brate the com­ple­tion of the $10.5 mil­lion project that in­cludes both new ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices for the county and a new med­i­cal clinic for res­i­dents.

Lo­cated just east of the Three Hills hos­pi­tal at 1600 2nd Street NE, its prox­im­ity to the hos­pi­tal pro­vides in­creased ef­fi­ciency and ease of work for staff mov­ing in be­tween, while its in­creased space al­lows for bet­ter ser­vice for pa­tients.

“We wanted a build­ing that was ef­fi­cient, we wanted a build­ing that was ef­fec­tive, and that was not ex­trav­a­gant,” said Knee­hill County Reeve Bob Long. “We cer­tainly feel we ac­com­plished those things. We’ve got a great build­ing, its func­tional, and came in $1.3 mil­lion un­der bud­get.”

The de­ci­sion to com­bine both the clinic and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices saved be­tween $750,000 to $1 mil­lion, Long said.

New med­i­cal of­fices were deemed a ne­ces­sity as part of a doc­tor re­cruit­ment ini­tia­tive that be­gan in 2006 as a re­gional pri­or­ity be­tween the county, Three Hills, Trochu, Car­bon, Acme, and Lin­den in light of new doc­tor sched­ules, and doc­tor re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion.

“The de­liv­ery of med­i­cal ser­vices is chang­ing. There’s more ser­vices be­ing of­fered now, in­clud­ing pain man­age­ment, chronic dis­ease, and the ex­ist­ing build­ing did not pro­vide room for any ad­di­tional med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to work,” said Long. “It also was some­thing that gave the doc­tors some com­fort in terms of be­ing able to do their work and run back and forth with­out hav­ing a long drive.”

The move to the new build­ing has also al­lowed for shuf­fling of or­ga­ni­za­tions in Three Hills. The Town of Three Hills of­fice will move into the pre­vi­ous county ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing, and the Three Hills li­brary will move into the pre­vi­ous town of­fices af­ter they are re­fur­bished. Dis­cus­sions have be­gun for the po­ten­tial move of Knee­hill Re­gional Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Ser­vices and the Se­niors Outreach So­ci­ety into the va­cant med­i­cal of­fices.

One hun­dred and four 40x 60” so­lar pan­els are also in­stalled on the roof of the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices at a cost of $150,000, and are ex­pected to gen­er­ate 41,236 kw/hrs per year to both the ad­min­is­tra­tive and med­i­cal build­ings.

The pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices served the county for 55 years.

“We’re try­ing to stay cur­rent… What we have ef­fec­tively done here is we have re­moved the re­quire­ment for Knee­hill County to have to build build­ings for the next 50 or 60 years. So we’re in good stead that way,” said Long.

“We’re just try­ing to es­tab­lish some sta­bil­ity to things go­ing into the fu­ture and I think that was ac­com­plished.”

In­cluded in the project bud­get was the ad­di­tion of one bay to the county’s Agri­cul­tural Ser­vices de­part­ment.

The ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice in­cludes coun­cil cham­bers, meet­ing rooms, and 25 of­fices.

About $4.5 mil­lion in fund­ing came from the prov­ince’s Mu­nic­i­pal Sus­tain­abil­ity Ini­tia­tive.

The grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion will be held at the new build­ing from 12 to 5 p.m. on Fri­day, July 8. Beef on a bun will be served from 12 to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. will be the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony, and from 12 to 5 p.m. build­ing tours will be of­fered.

We wanted a build­ing that was ef­fi­cient, we wanted a build­ing that was ef­fec­tive, and that was not ex­trav­a­gant. We cer­tainly feel we ac­com­plished those things. We’ve got a great build­ing, its func­tional, and came in $1.3 mil­lion un­der bud­get.” Knee­hill County Reeve Bob Long

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Knee­hill County will be host­ing the grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion of their new ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices and the new Knee­hill Med­i­cal Clinic on Fri­day, July 8. The $10.5 mil­lion project was com­pleted ear­lier this year.

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