Mammoth Hospital will be opening a physical therapy center at the corner of West Line and Home streets, next to Home Street School and just a block east of Northern Inyo Hospital, this fall.
However, at press time there, did not seem to be a consensus among the involved parties on where employees and patients will park.
Nonetheless, Mammoth Hospital is prepared to take appointments for the new facility, according to a press release.
There were rumors that the building at 180 Home St., the former location for High Sierra Awards and Engraving and the original Brown’s Supply, would be razed to make room for parking spots. However, the owner of the building said nothing had been decided.
Gary Schley of Bishop’s Public Works said that the building’s “occupancy” categorization has not changed from office space and a public facility. He explained that because the occupancy has not changed, the parking available – four spots on the north side of the building – will be considered ample. Mammoth Hospital will not need to prepare environmental documents and seek approval from the City Council to be in compliance with the city code, Schley explained, because the building had been grandfathered in as an office space with the available parking as is.
Schley explained if the occupancy of the building were to change to retail space, additional permitting and planning would be necessary.
Stephen Ingram and Tony Taylor own the adjacent property – the location of the old trophy shop and the Eastern Sierra Land Trust office.
Karen Farrell-Ingram of the ESLT said Mammoth Hospital has approached Ingram and Taylor about the property, but nothing has been decided.
When asked about the competition moving in right down the street, Northern Inyo Hospital Administrator John Halfen said he had two thoughts on the matter.
“If they’re coming here to meet an unmet need, more power to them,” Halfen said, adding that if they are not, then their project will probably not last long.
He added that the current physical therapy and orthopedics department at NIH is doing well. NIH will be bringing a new orthopedic surgeon on board soon, Halfen said.