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Pacific Communities Hospital proposes huge hospital upgrades using local property taxes

Pacific Communities Hospital David Bigelow says his health and medical organization is studying the idea of greatly expanding their medical center complex in Newport to include new buildings and the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment so that those who need specialty medical treatment, they won’t have to automatically drive to Corvallis or other Willamette Valley facility to get it.

Bigelow reminded the Newport City Council that the taxpayers of the hospital district own the buildings and grounds; all that Samaritan Health owns is the equipment and hires and manages medical personnel.

Bigelow indicated that a forty million dollar bond, backed by hospital district taxpayers, would build new buildings and other physical improvements to the medical “campus.” However, Bigelow admitted that floating such bonds, which would require higher property taxes to pay them off, would garner little favor with the taxpayers at this time. So he said PCH’s plans are to hold off on such a bond question until sometime in 2013 to give the economy a chance to improve.

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