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May 2003
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The Plan for Furnishing the New Health Center

Notice to Voters: Important School Finance Issue

Chamber’s 2003 Citizen of the Year Banquet

James Kenwabakisee Cuts His Own Channel

Beaver Island Wildlife Club News

Patrick Cull, by Gosh

Michigan Townships Association

Coyotes on the Ice

Here comes... the Acacia

On This Date

My Grandfather’s Farm

Skip Duhamel: Our World-class Totem Pole Carver

News from the Townships

The EMS in Action

Charlevoix County Commissioners

Results ... from the Egg Lake Seven

The Way it Was: the Famine in Arranmore

BIBCO Press Release

Leadership Retreat to focus on challenges

Arts & Culture Grant Update

Carrie Podgorski makes Deans List

Local Poet Melissa Bailey wins Prize

17th Annual Beaver Island Talent Show

Native American and Crooked Tree teachers visit Lighthouse School

AmVets raise ribbons and flags for Beaver Island

One Hundred Years Ago

Paradise Bay Dive Shop comes to ... Paradise Bay

Come See “The Vile Veterinarian” - May 2nd 2003

Cindy Turns a Page

Weather or Not

Edgar B. Speer Refloated

Ronald Haggard 1977 - 2000

Lester Gallagher 1918 - 2002

Classified Ads

The Plan for Furnishing the New Health Center

As previous articles have stated, the State has granted Beaver Island a total of 1.5 million dollars to build and furnish a new facility. Now that a bid has been accepted, it is hoped that all costs of building can be kept at 1.3 million. That is, of course, just a hope at this time, as everyone realizes that unexpected and unpredictable costs frequently arise in any building project, no matter how well planned.

With this reality in mind, the Board of Directors of the BIRHC has developed the following strategies to furnish the new facility while preserving the $200,000 grant “cushion” as much as possible for building cost overruns or the boosting of our endowment fund. (Interest income from unspent building grant money can be used for operating the new facility.)

It should be noted that Dr. Wendy White will be responsible for providing all of her own dental equipment in the new facility, just as she now does in the current building.

The first step in the plan will be for the staff and architects to go through each room of the new facility and make a list of every piece of furniture and equipment that will be needed. (Flooring and built-in units are already accounted for in the 1.3 million-dollar building cost.) The resulting list will be filled from the following sources:

  1. Current health center equipment and furnishings: All usable existing office equipment and furnishings and the X-ray equipment will be moved to the new facility.

  2. Used equipment and furnishings courtesy of Munson Medical Center and Dr. Brad Grassmick: Through connections made by our care providers and Transition Manager Arlene Brennan, Munson has offered used furnishings resulting from a recent remodeling there. Additionally, a valuable overhead procedure light is available.

    Dr. Brad Grassmick has been very helpful and generous in locating items such as hospital beds, stretchers, and bedside tables. The BIRHC Board is very grateful for the help of Munson and Dr. Grassmick.

  3. Grants through the Little Traverse Band of Indians: The BIRHC plans to apply for a grant to equip and furnish the Community Education Room in the December grant cycle.

  4. Quiet Capital Campaign: The Board plans to approach individual donors with naming opportunities to donate the costs of furnishings or pieces of equipment.

  5. Donations and loans of artwork from Island artists: The first round of letters has just gone out to local artists asking them to consider creating works of art and photography for display throughout the new building. The Board hopes to create a soothing, aesthetically pleasing environment, which will reflect the character of Beaver Island. Artworks donated or loaned for display will be labeled with the creators' names. This will be a unique opportunity for Island artists to publicize their talents in an important community building.

–Connie Wojan

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