Kirby Medical Center is considering constructing a 38,200-square-foot building
to create larger space for therapy services and the KMC Active gym, including
the addition of an aquatic area.
Currently, our Therapy services are provided within the main hospital and
our KMC Active, first known as CrossFit KMC, is located in a separate,
3,200-square-food building on campus.
“It’s part of a long-term plan for us to expand our therapy
department, as well as our KMC Active gym. So this building would house
both of those departments, which would free up the therapy space within
the hospital and the gym space for other use,” Kirby Medical Center
CEO Steve Tenhouse told the Monticello planning and zoning board Sept. 20.
According to Tenhouse, the project is still in the design phase and has
not yet been officially approved. Hospital officials first want to make
sure zoning approval was secured and will come to a decision by November
whether to move forward.
This new building would also include an aquatic area, and the Kirby Dietitian
would relocate to the new building as well. Along with creating more space
for KMC Active and Therapy, this building would open up space inside the
main hospital for services that are growing.
“The long-term benefit of this expansion is to eventually provide
our facilities, ambulance department, surgery department and sleep lab
more space they all need due to growth in those departments,” Tenhouse said.
City approval is needed in the form of a conditional-use permit for the
hospital to proceed. A variance is also being sought to reduce the required
number of parking places from 117 to 90.
The measures were unanimously endorsed by the PZB on Sept. 20, with the
city council concurring a week later.