Since the 5th Monday is coming up in August, it’s time for another Newport City Council Town Hall meeting with local citizens. Topping the agenda is a “get to know disease and disability prevention” tour of Pacific Communities Hospital new Health Education Center. It was made possible by funds from PCH operators Samaritan Health Care in Corvallis and a huge local fundraising drive among central and south county residents and beyond. Monday evening, August 31st at 5:30pm, the Newport city council’s next town hall meeting will be focusing on the Health Education Center which just recently opened in Newport. Living healthier and longer lives is the stated prime focus of the facility.
They’ll also be talking about the recent yes vote from central and south county residents to build a whole new hospital, in partnership with Samaritan. The current PCH was built well over 50 years ago by a now defunct non-profit. Samaritan took over PCH in 2002 with an agreement to run it through 2032. But in light of medicine’s relentless technological advances, the old hospital is becoming harder and harder to work in. So, thanks to the voters, the hospital district – a local government entity just like a fire district – is building a new one, also to be operated by Samaritan which will also pour big bucks into the building for high tech medical equipment. It’s a partnership.
The town hall meeting will also involve a refresher course on what’s called the City Center Newport Association which seeks to celebrate and restore the downtown’s 1930s era Art Deco architecture that was so much more prominent than it is today. They’d like to bring it back where practical.
And the town hall will discuss the recreation of a north-of-the-bridge urban renewal district to help create cash flow for everything from actually improving the look and feel of the downtown area and to the north, but also provide cash to help replace ancient water distribution lines and sewer mains that are failing throughout the region. Part of the plan includes assisting the Port of Newport in paying for equipment and site improvements to the McLean Point facility, aka “The International Terminal.” Such facilities, to be economically successful, must have adequate storm drains, have heavy equipment handy to load and offload ships (mostly load) and other improvements. When log exports to China crashed last year, the port had to go back to the drawing board on how to raise funds to bring the new International Terminal fully up to speed.
So, again that’s a Newport City Council Town Hall meeting Monday, August 31st, 5:30pm at PCH’s new Health Education Center on the hospital campus – near 101. It’s a brand new building. You can’t miss it.