Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Signs of the Times??

I went to work today on a new multi-multi million dollar hopsital in Denver. I've noticed a shift of the types of buildings we are constructing.

In the mid to late nineties, I worked on projects for Sun MicroSystems. For 5 years as a matter of fact. That multi-faceted project came to a screeching halt and now Buildings 6,7 and 8 of Sun Micro sit empty and incomplete. I was sent to Global Crossing a couple times....the last time being when they went bankrupt.

Now, I am involved in huge projects that are hospitals, medical billing offices and research facilities. Big projects.....millions of square feet per project type projects. Spare no expense either. In the last 5 years, there have been constructed, state-of-the-art medical facilities in Denver, Durango, Montrose, Loveland (underway), Loveland (completed), Fort Collins (CDC facility), Trinidad is looking to build, Lafayette, Louisville and some other smaller clinics all around the state.

Colorado lacks nurses...critically. One nurse gets 7-10 patients (unless they are union and then they get 3.....better care at these facilities).

My health insurance cost my employer $7/hour. That's $280/week...almost $1200/month.

Now I know where the money is going...as my premiums rise, benefits decrease the added money is funding hospital construction in an industry that already has a staffing nightmare.

No wonder the conservobots refuse to address immigration and border policy.

2 Comments:

At 5/04/2005 8:25 PM , Blogger Doug said...

I'm a delivery driver and I've seen an explosion of smaller outpatient centers. Everywhere you look, it seems, there is a doctor's office or some sort of health service clinic built on former farmland. All of these building are less than five years old with construction still ongoing. The parking lots are still black with fresh pavement and fresh yellow paint. I'm wondering when they will build new elementary and high schools....

 
At 5/05/2005 12:19 PM , Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Because of the corruption of the medical and insurance agencies these are going to fall the same way the tch industry lost it. It will take a few years but it will happen.

 

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