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