Orange City, Iowa — The Orange City Area Health System is in the early planning stages of the construction of a multi-faceted wellness center.
Orange City Area Health System Administrator Marty Guthmiller tells us more.
He says the board believes they need to deal with social determinants of health.
He says it’s about a broader-based focus on health.
Guthmiller tells us they are investigating the VanderPol Excavation site on the east side of Orange City as a possible location.
A five-million-dollar bond referendum vote will come before the community on September 10th. He says hospital staff will try to explain the need for the facility starting in August. If the bond vote is successful — and it needs 60 percent to pass — they hope to start construction next spring, and it will take 12 to 18 months from that date to complete. Guthmiller says the Center for Healthy Living will cost much more than five million dollars, but that is what they are asking from the community.