This is how you start the birthing of a new hospital in Lincoln City. You get a group of hospital district board members together with the Chief Executive Officer of the current hospital and sign the deal that gets the ball rolling.
Hospital District Board Chair Terry Buggenhagen helped lead the charge in transferring the current hospital with it’s buildings and grounds over to Samaritan Health represented by CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden. In exchange, Samaritan Health will build a completely new hospital while keeping the old one open until the new one is ready for business.
Dr. Ogden told News Lincoln County that the design of the hospital will reflect a very lengthy and thorough assessment of local medical needs as well as wellness programs the new hospital must offer. And as the picture on all that gets clearer, those needs will determine the ultimate specific design of the hospital. The assessment process and hospital design will take upwards of 18 months to complete. Then they’ll begin construction.
Dr. Ogden has reported in the past that part of the assessment will acknowledge the aging Baby Boomer group moving into and through their elderly years with all the medical care issues common for that age group. Many are retiring to the coast so the hospital needs to be ready for that. Also acknowledging the high number of tourists visiting the coast throughout the year, many of them in the form of young and not so young families. They too will need occasional general medical care.
Also on the horizon are opportunities to provide specialty medical services that can be provided through partnerships between Newport’s new soon-to-be-built hospital. The partnership will allow the pooling of resources and general practice doctors as well as specialists which will help the two hospitals provide specialty care on the coast so patients won’t have to drive to the valley for treatment.
Dr. Ogden also revealed that the hospital design will also reflect enhanced flexibility in the way the hospital can concentrate a number of services in any given area. In so doing, patients won’t have to go from building to building for related services – they’ll likely be within an already established given area. Dr. Ogden says this pertains especially to imaging services like MRIs, CAT scans and X-rays.
Dr. Ogden also reports that the hospital will be doing a lot of information outreach to the community to keep everyone informed on where things are during the months leading up to construction and finally the grand opening of North Lincoln County’s new hospital. They’ll be focusing especially on the hospital’s website which will be kept up to date with progress on construction but also on general hospital services still provided by the current hospital. Their public relations office will be a very busy place over the next two years – and then beyond as information continues to be disseminated on health care services, as well as wellness promotion for not only the north part of Lincoln County, but also in cooperation with Newport’s new hospital being built just 22 miles south on Highway 101.