Lebanon, OR – Leaders from Samaritan Health Services and Salem-based Mosaic Management, Inc. this week announced plans to enhance health care options in Sweet Home through facility construction and new and expanded programs.
The health system plans to build a 15,000-square-foot facility on land it owns near Wiley Creek Community on the east side of Sweet Home. Wiley Creek provides assisted and independent living services. Pending city approval of a requested conditional use permit, the new building will house an urgent care clinic and a larger home for Sweet Home Family Medicine. The current family medicine clinic building will provide enhanced physical rehabilitation services.
In a related move Mosaic Management, Inc. announced plans to purchase the current Wiley Creek operation and adjacent property from Samaritan. Once the purchase is complete Mosaic will continue to operate Wiley Creek as well as construct a new memory care unit to complement the community’s existing senior living options. Mosaic operates 10 other senior living communities throughout Oregon, including Willamette Springs in Corvallis.
Sweet Home City Manager Ray Towry said the plans for enhanced local health services reflect several priorities identified in the city’s strategic goals. “Our residents prioritized the addition of memory care and urgent care as desired essential services,” Towry said, “so we are very pleased to see these plans moving forward.”
Officials say Samaritan is also pleased to be planning an urgent care clinic in Sweet Home, meeting a major community need.
Mosaic’s interest in acquiring Wiley Creek Community reflects its pastoral setting with abundant land to expand well-maintained facilities and qualified staff. The facility’s current 24 employees will be invited to apply for the positions Mosaic plans to hire at Wiley Creek. Employees may also choose to apply for other jobs within Samaritan for which they qualify.
Mosaic is an Oregon company with a strong reputation and deep expertise with senior living communities. Mosaic also plans to add memory care services at Wiley Creek, which will further enhance their care options.
The Wiley Creek purchase is expected to be completed in late August. Pending city permit approval, construction of the memory care unit will take approximately a year.