By Kay Braddock
Home is where the heart is.
Creating that cozy feeling of home is the essence behind the Prairie Community Hospital Foundation’s rooms’ upgrade project, according to ex officio members Parker Powell and Barb Rittal.
“We want to make them feel comfortable and feel like they’re at home,” Powell said of patients and residents who stay in the hospital.
Rittal recalled similar sentiments shared by foundation members when choosing the project, “Let’s make them warm and cozy.”
The seven-member non-profit foundation, which was formed in January of last year, recently made the decision to begin a three-phase remodel project of the twelve patient/resident hospital rooms. The nine double and three single occupancy rooms haven’t received major renovations in 40 years.
“This is a big project,” Powell said. “And it’s the foundation’s first real project.”
Beginning with doors, floors and paint, the foundation plans to use donated funds to replace metal doors with wooden ones, install commercial laminate wood flooring and add a fresh coat of warm-colored paint to the rooms. The foundation’s goal is to begin phase one of the project this summer.
Other projects were considered, according to Powell. They included helping with structural renovations like replacing the hospital’s old boilers or repairing the hospital’s roof.
“We decided we wanted to do something that would directly affect the residents and patients,” Powell said, noting since that decision the hospital has replaced the old boilers and is now working to fix the roof. The Montana Coal Board recently denied a coal grant that would have been used to repair the roof.
“Having the foundation there to help offset costs is great,” Powell said.
Phase one of the rooms upgrade project is expected to cost $60,000. The foundation has organized a Mylo Hatzenbuhler comedy show to be held later this month. Ticket sales from the event will benefit the project. Spring and fall fundraising events are also in the works.
Phase two of the rooms’ upgrades project will include replacing dressers and nightstands, while phase three will include constructing new closets.
Other PCH Foundation members are: Kathy Galland, Travis Reyman, Rene Clarke, Frank Kountz and Nathan Christofferson.
Published March 10, 2010