Ground breaking for new Newport hospital set for TODAY at 3pm. The whole town is welcome to come out and celebrate!
Newport hospital to break ground on new facility with public celebration, TODAY, May 23
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport will break ground TODAY on its new hospital project starting at 3 p.m., behind the hospital in the Case Street parking lot. The public is invited.
After two years of meticulous planning and design involving hospital staff, architects, construction engineers and others, the construction phase on the new three-story facility is ready to begin.
The groundbreaking comes just weeks before longtime CEO David Bigelow, PharmD, is set to retire. Having championed the project through the bond measure and strategic planning and visioning for the new hospital, he now hands over the positive momentum to his successor, Lesley Ogden, MD.
“So much of our work to this point has been behind the scenes, but we have been thorough in our details, ensuring that patients will receive the very best care for years to come,” said Bigelow. “Now, the public can watch the building take shape and know that this modern, efficient facility will not only transform the landscape here in Newport, but also the ways in which we serve our community. More than ever, the patient is at the center of all that we do.”
The new 126,000-square-foot project is designed to allow for larger patient rooms, maximized workspace for care providers, and a sweeping, windowed galleria that will join the current building with the new one. The facility design is similar to The Neenan Company’s design-build work on local Oregon hospitals St. Charles Prinveville and Coquille Valley Hospital.
This first phase of construction — the building of the new three-story facility — will take approximately 18 months. When it is complete and occupied, renovation will begin on the 1988 hospital building, and following that, the original, 1953 facility will be demolished to make room for parking. The full project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. When complete, the new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital will offer an integrated medical campus that brings together specialty departments, ancillary services and outpatient clinics all under one roof.
“We are so excited about this new facility and what it will bring to the central Oregon Coast,” said Lesley Ogden, MD, and the hospital’s incoming CEO. “We already provide excellent care here at SPCH, and this facility will allow our health care teams to reach their very highest potentials with efficient and maximized space, upgraded equipment and state-of-the-art procedure rooms. Patients are truly the ones who will benefit the most from this new facility.”
To learn more about the new hospital project, visit samhealth.org/NewHospitalNewport.
If you plan to attend the groundbreaking event, we ask that you consider carpooling since parking is limited. Please utilize on-street parking where possible and leave parking spaces closest to the hospital open for patients.