A consultant’s proposal to study the possible build-out of a Sauk County government health campus leaves out certain details officials said they wanted to include.
In May, the county requested proposals from firms to provide analysis and evaluation of current and possible health services to be provided at its Reedsburg-based campus.
The Sauk County Health Care Center, a taxpayer-subsidized nursing home in Reedsburg, sits adjacent to 20 unused acres the county owns. County leaders want to know how that property might best be used in the future.
The county’s request for proposals said the study should look at the needs of vulnerable populations, “including indigent, disabled, AODA, opioid, dementia, elderly, and mental health clients.”
Only one prospective consultant responded to the county's request, and its proposal is geared mainly toward studying the needs of “older adults.”
Sauk County Health Care Administrator Jennifer Vosen said in an email she is not sure why the proposal from Dr. Brian Kaskie, an Iowa-based consultant, does not mention the other vulnerable populations the county said it wanted to include in the analysis.
The Health Care Center’s Board of Directors is slated to meet Thursday at the nursing home in Reedsburg to consider Kaskie’s proposal. The panel’s approval would forward the matter to the Sauk County Board for final consideration.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Kaskie said the additional vulnerable populations the county seeks to study aren’t his area of expertise, and it would be difficult to analyze all of them.
“To be honest, that’s a big ask,” Kaskie said, adding that his primary interest is the intersection of public policy and older people.
Although the other groups aren’t included in his written proposal, Kaskie said he would look at them and present the county with a series of options about how to best utilize the campus space.