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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 8, 1997 13 Plans Revealed for new Nursing facility by Pete Peters Plans were revealed Wednesday for the construction of a 45,000 square foot, 40-acre, nursing facility in the north part of Pahrump that would accommodate 120 bedridden patients. Dennis H. Sikma, a general contractor for Healthcare Builders Inc., of Fort Smith, Ark., submitted the new facility's plans to the Pahrump Community Hospital District's Board of Trustees meeting, Wednesday, May 7. His presentation was met with enthusiasm by the trustees. No dollar amount for the cost of the project was an- nounced. The nursing home, called Pahrump Care Center Inc. will have a mid-June groundbreaking at the intersection of Blagg and Nye roads near Simpkins Road. Healthmark Services, a subsidiary of Steve Creekmore's Medical Holdings Ltd., is the potential operator of the new facility. .a "However, no lease has been signed as yet," he declared. "Nothing has been cast in concrete yet. I can tell you this though, whoever ends up with the lease will be an aboveboard operator." Healthmark, Sikma pointed out, is an experienced con- tractor of health care facilities, having built nearly 20 through- out the West Coast, Midwest and Southeast. He said Heaithmark's newest operations are in Concord, Calif., and in Carson City. The California facility has 180 beds while the state's capital unit has 120, the same as Pahrump's would be. "We (Heaithcare Builders) would own the building," Sikma explained, "and we would keep control on how the place is run. That's our insurance, because what if Arcon HealthCare goes bankrupt or bows out of the picture? Then we need to look for another lessee." In submitting an architect's drawing of the nursing home, Sikma told the trustees that plans for an administration building were not completed and that they have 30-35 days to make any revisions before it goes to Carson City for approval by the State Division on Aging. The facility, if one had an aerial view, would resemble the Air Force's Stealth bomber - - the flying wing. Concern about a proposed 20-bed Alzheimer's section was raised by Trustee Chair- person Pat Mankins and was assured by Sikma thi par- ticular unit would be sepa- rated by a smoke partition and the beds laid out accord- ing to specifications. "The skilled beds would be needed immediately," Mankins advised Sikma, who in turn agreed. Mankins also inquired about oxygen for patients, whether it wouRl be supplied in the form of bottles or machines. "That has to do with operations," Sikma answered. "IfI can get someone from Arcon to make that decision, then we can have some questions answered ourselves. But that, again, is not our decision." He added that no plans for a portable dialysis area have been designated as yet. Trustee Ed Sharp asked what materials would be used to build the nursing home, to which Sikma replied that none have been designated as yet. 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