Center for Health Education construction begins
Construction is underway on the much-anticipated Center for Health Education. Located on the campus of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) in Newport, the center will become a community hub for disease prevention and chronic condition management, as well as for professional training for health care providers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
“Health care continues to evolve with greater emphasis on disease prevention and managing chronic conditions to improve quality of life and lower medical costs – making the Center for Health Education the right project at the right time for the right reasons,” said David Bigelow, Pharm.D, SPCH Chief Executive Officer.
In 2005, the Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation launched a campaign to fund the center. A few years later, the Pacific Communities Health District committed Highway 101 frontage as the site for the building. Since then, the Health District and some 2,000 individuals and organizations have contributed toward the project.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in January to celebrate the successful raising of funds needed to begin the project. As the original design and floor plan were created seven years ago, architects and engineers have been working with stakeholders to update the drawings based on evolving needs, while keeping a sharp eye on the budget.
Local architects, Dietmar Goebel and Dustin and Amanda Capri, created a 10,000 square-foot, two-story floor plan that features lots of natural light. The large conference room, teaching kitchen, employee computer lab and community resource center will be located on the first floor. The skills lab, classroom and community meeting space are on the second. The purpose of each room has remained consistent with the original plans created by local designer Cynthia Quade. A Construction Management/General Contractor agreement was secured with Quade Commercial Construction and completion of the project is slated for the fall of 2015.
For more information or to make a donation to the center, visit samhealth.org/PCHDF or call 541-574-1810.