The Drew Memorial Hospital Board on Wednesday heard an update on the hospital expansion project and contracted with a company to provide security.
In his update of the expansion project, Drew Memorial Hospital CEO Scott Barrilleaux said representatives from approximately 23 contractors and subcontractors were present at Monday’s pre-bid conference where Scott Hines, project architect with TEG Architects, reviewed the project specs, scope of work and the bidding process. Ben Moore, the hospital’s director of engineering discussed site conditions and led a walk through with all those who attended the conference.
Bids are due on July 12 at 1 p.m., at which time the bids will be opened.
Barrilleaux expects the bid review period to last a couple of weeks.
Ground-breaking is tentatively scheduled for July 29, pending a smooth schedule. While he joked that the event would be held at 6 a.m., Barrilleaux said he does expect it will be a morning event to avoid the heat of the day. The event date and time will be confirmed in the near future.
The expansion, which would be constructed on the southeast corner of the hospital, would house a new surgery center, outpatient clinic, birthing center (labor, delivery and recovery) and nursery, and a power plant to power the new facility.
In other business, the board approved a with G4S Secure Solutions, a security company that soon will provide armed guards during evenings from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. and weekend hours.
The hospital began official discussions about hiring security guards early this year in an effort to provide a safe environment to community members and employees. Guards could be employed as soon as 30 days from the date the contract was executed.
Rusty Bryant, who oversees DMH security, said G4S often reaches out to local law enforcement agencies to recruit off-duty officers for these positions.
G4S Secure Solutions is a national firm with an office in North Little Rock. It provides services for other Arkansas hospitals.