Updated: 6:24 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
Posted: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
EL PASO, Texas —
“Look at the construction now, we’re building steel on the fourth floor, and we have our elevator towers and our stair well towers, all the way at the 10th floor,” Valenti told KFOX.
At this rate, Valenti expects the hospital to be open by spring of 202 as planned. He said the project is moving according to schedule and within the budget.
The last piece of steal should be in place by Feb. 2010, Valenti said, almost a year to the day exactly of the ground breaking in 2009.
El Pasoans voted and approved the bonds to build the hospital in 2007. With it came a price tag of $120 million which El Pasoans agreed to fork over.
For roughly the last two years, taxpayers have given up $2.38 per month for the project, Valenti said. He said it is lower than the $3.40 a month that they were originally expected to pay and it’s all thanks to a higher bond rating of the project .
“It’s lowered interest cost for the citizens. So we saved millions of dollars on the construction,” said Valenti.
Valenti said they have already hired pediatric physicians, however they still need roughly two dozen more.
Valenti said El Paso Children’s Hospital is still looking for a CEO and about 260 nurses and other Allied Health Care professionals.