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Phase Two Flooring Facelift Completed At RMC

The sound of workers chipping away at the 40-year-old floor tiles at Culbertson’s Roosevelt Medical Center is music to everyone’s ears. The project, three years in the making, is finally entering its next phase.
Phase-two of the new flooring project includes replacing 23,000 square feet of tiles, following up on 3,500 square feet installed two years ago in the lobby, sun room and dining area. The tiles are original and date back to the 1970s.
The floor is being replaced by Grove’s Flooring and Furniture, of Plentywood, following their submission of the lowest bid for the job late last year.
“When you have a facility operating 24 hours a day with staff that is home to 23 residents and has to be antiseptically clean at all times,” said Jeff Haus, maintenance supervisor for RMC. “It presents challenges for construction and improvement projects. It’s an inconvenience for everyone. But, today’s pain will be tomorrow’s gain. New flooring is going to transform the look of our facility and make it much nicer for our patients and residents. That makes a little inconvenience worth it.”
The three-week installation process is beginning in the east hall and will flow down into the nurses station area. Workers will then complete the west hall and north hall following a concrete moisture test in areas where the flooring is not above the basement.
The downstairs clinic area and resident rooms will be the final part of the installation project and will take longer than the hallways to complete. Cast iron sewer pipes will also need to be assessed for age damage and possible replacement to ensure the floor doesn’t have to be pulled up later to deal with any pipe issues.
Patrons will notice the flooring color is darker than the flooring put down during first phase of the project. It was selected because it contains a stronger industrial-grade ceramic for longer lasting durability. This enhanced material was not available during phase one.
The project took 2½ years of fundraising efforts by the Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation and will have cost over $130,000 once completed.
“When the board first designated the project as a priority it seemed daunting to raise enough money to complete it,” said Jaimee Green, foundation director. “But our community members are resoundingly generous. We are very fortunate and appreciative of them and their support.”
This past summer, the foundation received an anonymous $50,000 donation designated for the project, giving them enough funds to move forward with purchasing all of the flooring at once. Part of the reason the foundation did not purchase the flooring following Fall Fest 2017 and 2018 fundraising efforts was to ensure they could buy all of the flooring at once and get a better bulk purchase rate. It also ensured all of the flooring would match instead of buying portions and hoping the flooring design selected would not be discontinued before more funding was available.
Once the project is complete, a community open house will take place. “One of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said Green, “is presenting donors with the opportunity to physically see the difference they helped make possible. It is emotional, gratifying and inspiring.”