Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Regional Building Department gives away nearly $1 million in donations

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click to enlarge Children's Hospital is under construction in the north part of the city. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Children's Hospital is under construction in the north part of the city.
In this week's Indy, we report that the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has made donations approaching $1 million in the last two years alone.

One of the larger gifts, $150,000, which El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller calls "a no-brainer," went to Children's Hospital of Colorado. Waller serves on the RBD commission. He made the motion to approve the gift. The vote was unanimous. The other two commission members are Colorado Springs City Councilor Tom Strand and Tyler Stevens, Green Mountain Falls Mayor Pro Tem.

Here's the pitch Children's made for the donation, as reflected in the Aug. 23, 2017, meeting minutes:
Greg Raymond, Regional Vice President for Children’s Hospital of Colorado, appeared and said this Region has 40 + pediatric specialists, 20+ specialties, 550+ team members, and 4 locations at which our team members work. He said the Springs inpatient teams care for nearly (a) 3,800 children accounting for more than 28,500 patient days (approximately 80% of pediatric stays) in 2015-16; (b)106,800 annual visits – nearly a 550% increase since we opened in 2012 at our Outpatient Specialty and Urgent Care Facility; and (c) in Colorado
Springs, 75% of our inpatients are Medicaid or TriCare patients; what will it take to care for those kids: $30 million campaign to support a new hospital and program expansion.

He stated they are looking at building a hospital of approximately 110 beds. He said they are looking at 1,400 jobs associated with this project, and it is a $97.1 million in employee compensation; a total impact of $240.4 million or 65% more than the actual construction
costs of $165,000,000. He said the total local tax receipts will be $1.2 million. He stated Children’s Hospital of Colorado serves patients from all over the United States, and internationally.

Mr. Raymond said he is requesting a donation from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department for this project in the amount of $150,000. Roger Lovell stated the staff of RBD supports this project and is diligently working with their contractor. He stated the permit for this project is $287,000, and RBD supports the donation of $150,000.

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