Hospital moving irrigation line from property

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Contractors are rerouting the Isenhart Irrigation Line that runs diagionally across the property that the new hospital will be constructed on.

by Richard Uhlhorn

If you are wondering if the hospital has broken ground out by Wal-Mart, you are mistaken. Kevin Abel, administrator explained that the work being done at the corner of Apple Blossom Way and Hwy. 97 on the new hospital property is to reroute Isenhart Irrigations waterline that runs diagonally across the building site. “The hospital is paying for this work,” said Abel. “The reason it is being done now is that it has to be accomplished before the irrigation is turned on.

The architects are still on track and Abel says the estimated completion date for the new hospital is the fall of 2020. “We could start this fall, but are looking at March, 2019 to break ground,” said Abel. “The construction experts feel they can have the roof on by November of 2019 and work inside throughout the winter months. The board hasn’t made the decision yet of when to start.”

Most people know that Kevin Abel has accepted a position in Whitefish, Montana. “Personally is it really hard to leave this valley. I have a great staff, but this is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

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Kevin Abel, current Hospital Administrator

The hospital board has B.E. Smith, a top healthcare executive consulting and executive search firm is already been hired to find a replacement for Kevin.

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