CMC Union asks to move forward with bid process early
Carolinas Healthcare System asked for and received approval from county commissioners to proceed on three projects. The county commission voted unanimously Monday, Dec. 5 to allow CHS to buy a CT scanner, acquire a PET scanner and start construction on the second operation room at Union West Surgery Center. CHS has yet to execute the newly approved lease with Union County for CMC-Union, so until that happens, they have to ask county approval for any expense above $500,000.
Commissioner Tracy Kuehler asked why the county needed to approve this now, as CHS would be able to approve it on their own once they execute the contract.
“Why does 15 days make a difference?” Kuehler asked.
CMC-Union president Michael Lutes said the hospital needed the projects approved now, before the end of the year.
“On equipment bids, people raise their bids at the beginning of the year 5 to 8 percent,” Lutes said. “The construction bids we have will be out of date and we’ll have to rebid those.”
He pointed to rising costs of things like drywall, currently up 35 percent, as an example.
“There’s certainly no harm to the county,” Commissioner Jonathan Thomas said, making the motion to approve the request.
Under the request, CHS will purchase a fixed PET scanner, to be installed in the Edwards Cancer Center at CMC-Union. Total cost for the scanner and construction comes out to $2.4 million. A 64-slice CT scanner will also be purchased for the Outpatient Treatment Pavilion, at a cost of $749,000.
Finally a second operating room will be added to the Union West Ambulatory Surgery Center at Union West Medical Plaza in Indian Trail, for a cost of $1.28 million.