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Samaritan Health outlines new hospital construction schedule at PCH

Video of artist rendering of the new PCH scheduled to open in Summer of 2018.

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital CEO David Bigelow gave a quick outline on progress being made toward the construction of Newport’s new hospital scheduled to open in the summer of 2018. Once open, Bigelow says other buildings that were kept from the old campus will be re-purposed and added to the overall campus. Once that’s accomplished the rest of the old hospital buildings will be demolished giving final form to the medical campus.

In addition, Samaritan announced this week that the current ME Fitness Center near Les Schwab Tires has been purchased to become a hospital owned fitness facility called Sam-Fit, which will still cater to the public. However, the facility will be also outfitted for general rehabilitation services for hospital patients including Outpatient Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy and Occupation Rehabilitation. Also nutritional services will operate out of the facility.

The current air ambulance landing pad will be moved to the southeast corner of the facility.

Bigelow says the maximum number of beds of the new hospital will remain at 25 beds. Bigelow said the reason for the “no change” is that medical advancements are allowing more surgical procedures to be done on an outpatient basis which requires less beds in the hospital.

Bigelow says thanks to lower bond interest rates the proposed property tax increase approved by the voters is coming in at less than advertised. Therefore taxpayers will not see a 98 cent per thousand of assessed valuation tax increase to build the hospital. It will be somewhere betweens 92 and 93 cents per thousand.

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