Hunt for Whidbey General Hospital project lead begins

Leaders at Whidbey General Hospital are looking for someone to coordinate construction of a new wing.

Officials winnowed through applications for the construction project manager who will oversee the project, which is financed through a $50 million bond approved this past November.

“It’s really important that we get through this process as quick as we can,” said Whidbey General Hospital Commissioner Ron Wallin, during the board’s Dec. 9 meeting.

Hospital Public Relations Liaison Keith Mack said in an email that the candidate, which could either be a company or an individual, should have experience managing large-scale healthcare construction projects. They will manage the hospital’s interests throughout the project.

Mack said he doesn’t have any salary information for the position. That amount would depend on the qualifications of the person hired and the scope of the contract.

The deadline for applications was Dec. 16 and hospital leaders are scheduled to interview qualified candidates in late December or early January.

Once the project manager is hired, that person will start developing a request for proposals that will be sent out to construction companies. A timeline for the project will also be developed.

Hospital leaders presented a $50 million bond proposal that voters approved in the General Election. Money raised from the bonds will pay for construction of a new wing on the south side of the hospital’s Coupeville campus that will contain single-patient rooms. A new parking lot will also be built and the current patient wing will be converted to additional clinic space.

Mack also pointed out the various ways staff will update the community about the construction project. A Facebook page has been set up and the hospital’s website, will have regular updates that will provide a way to email questions and comments.

Every Pulse magazine, which is mailed to residents, will also contain updates.