February 22, 2010
Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD)
Swank Enterprises of Kalispell was awarded the contract for the new 4,000 square foot addition and renovation of the CARD (Center for Asbestos Related Disease) clinic on Third Street in Libby. Many local contractors looked at the project, but none decided to submit a bid.
The renovation includes expansions to the patient waiting area, enhancement of research lab facilities, and expanded corridors for better movement throughout the building, as well as improvement of the facility’s heating and cooling systems. The addition will add conference room facilities, new patient exam rooms (allowing the previous patient rooms to become offices to accommodate a growing staff), improve medical record storage, and update capacities for storing tissue samples.
The new arrangement enhances the patient’s clinical experience overall from the time they enter the clinic to the point when they finalize their visit – which can be a three-hour first-time experience with the staff in the establishment and management of their care.
“The patients come first. That’s our motto; that’s our reason for existence. We want to make their visit an important first step in taking charge of their health, and we want it to be a positive experience,” stated Tanis Hernandez, LCSW Outreach Coordinator.
Thanks to Senators Baucus and Tester, the appropriations for CARD’s expansion were made possible. Their support and recognition for CARD’s work in the community remains invaluable.
In addition, CARD gives kudos to CTA Architects and Engineers who spearheaded the renovation and addition to the new building. “Their patience, understanding, and dedication in providing the initial design services ensured this new design will work on our property,” praised Starr Backen, Financial Officer at CARD.
CARD is a nonprofit medical facility dedicated to providing long-term screening, disease diagnosis, long-term tracking, research, consultation, education, patient advocacy and specialty care to those who have acquired an asbestos-related disease, or through exposure are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
For more information:
CARD Outreach Specialist
293-9274 ext 144