The hospital buys the best plumbing building

Kimball Health Services acquired the Best Plumbing, Heating and Cooling building just east of the site of what will become the new Kimball Hospital.

On August 1, Kimball County Hospital dba Kimball Health Services purchased the best plumbing, heating and cooling lots 9, 10, 11 and 12, block 1, Clarkson addition to the town of Kimball, for the purchase price of $300,000. The doc stamp on the building was $675.00.

Ken Hunter, CEO of Kimball Health Services, said the building will be used for ambulance storage, ambulance staff sleeping quarters and maintenance, and “community health will be in the front portion of the building.”

Hunter said: “We were aware of the high price of the building. We had postponed the decision (to buy it) to determine alternatives. The alternative was new construction.”

The previous owner had replaced the roof, rewired the building, installed the HVAC and ductwork, and rebuilt the south wall.

“It comes down to location, location, location,” Hunter said, explaining the purchase.

Kimball Health Services had the building inspected and is confident of the structural integrity.

The intention is to secure COVID funds to retrofit the building for ambulance use.

The purchase was made as the hospital takes over full operation of the ambulance service in Kimball County, although that is still ongoing, according to Hunter. The Kimball County Ambulance Service plans to vacate the annex building by January 2023.

On April 6, 2016, Vaughn Russell of Best Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling purchased the condemned building for $1.00. By June 27, 2016, repairs had been made to the south wall and the building was no longer considered condemned. In 2022, housing and land were valued at $58,530.