Plans now call for $225 million medical center.Byline: Joe Harwood The Register-Guard
The cost of the new hospital McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center wants to build somewhere in Eugene has almost tripled, to $225 million from the initial $80 million estimated 2 1/2 years ago, new filings with the state show.
The steep price hike has little to do with inflation or the ongoing run-up in construction materials, and everything to do with building a facility that can compete better with larger rival PeaceHealth, hospital officials said.
"We think $225 million is what it would take to build Eugene the hospital it deserves, and a hospital that will meet its needs over the next 50 years," McKenzie-Willamette spokeswoman Rosie Pryor said.
In documents recently submitted to state health care regulators, McKenzie-Willamette and its majority owner, Triad Hospitals Triad Hospitals is a Fortune 500 company based in Plano, Texas. It operates 54 hospitals in the United States. In February 2007 it received a merger/buyout offer from another company, and then in March 2007 it received a superior merger/buyout offer from Community Health Systems of Inc. of Plano, Texas Plano (IPA: /ˈpleɪnoʊ/) is a wealthy suburb of Dallas, Texas, located to the north, mainly within Collin County, but also extending into Denton County. According to the 2000 U.S. , are proposing a seven-story structure totaling 433,680 square feet.
That's a huge increase from the approximately 250,000-square-foot, five-story building hospital officials rolled out for public inspection in May 2004.
The proposed expanded hospital, designed to accommodate the physical limitations of Triad's preferred site at the Eugene Water & Electric Board - sandwiched between a highway overpass and the Willamette River Willamette River
River, northwestern Oregon, U.S. It flows north for 300 mi (485 km) into the Columbia River near Portland. Oregon's most populous cities are in its valley. The Fremont Bridge, a steel arch with a main span of 1,225 ft (373 m), crosses the river at Portland. - goes up instead of out. The design includes a seventh floor shell that can be improved to house an additional 50 beds when patient demand increases in future years.
The proposal makes room for 148 beds, an expanded emergency room and an extended range of services that McKenzie-Willamette never envisioned back in 2003, Pryor said. "The initial conversations we had contemplated replacing exactly what we have today" at McKenzie-Willamette hospital in Springfield, she said.
The 50-year-old facility in Springfield, which measures 380,000 square feet, now has a licensed capacity of 114 beds, and plans are in the works to add 20 new beds by next year to support McKenzie-Willamette's entry into a cardiac program that will include open heart surgery to complement the cardiac catheterization Cardiac Catheterization Definition
Cardiac catheterization (also called heart catheterization) is a diagnostic procedure which does a comprehensive examination of how the heart and its blood vessels function. lab completed earlier this year.
McKenzie-Willamette began looking to move into Eugene as PeaceHealth officials pressed to build a new hospital in Gateway and move many services there from PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart Medical Center Sacred Heart Medical Center may refer to:
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When Triad officials decided to build the new facility in Eugene to try to capture a chunk of PeaceHealth's market share and serve a larger population, the replacement building grew, Pryor said.
"The prospect of moving to Eugene, the cost of the EWEB EWEB Eugene Water and Electric Board (Oregon) site, the impact of a larger population surrounding sur·round
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1. To extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle.
2. To enclose or confine on all sides so as to bar escape or outside communication.
n. the hospital and the portfolio of services we'll have when we make the move all are factors in the larger facility," Pryor said.
When PeaceHealth completes the $350 million regional medical center it is building in north Springfield North Springfield is the name of the following cities in the United States of America:
However, once operations move to RiverBend, the nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. health corporation does intend to pursue a $24 million renovation that will leave a 104-bed hospital with an emergency department at the Hilyard campus.
Although several factors are conspiring to make the 22-acre EWEB site an increasingly unlikely home for the new hospital, Triad officials submitted the plans to the state anyway.
"If we wind up not building at EWEB and end up with (a location) more suburban, we might have to revisit re·vis·it
tr.v. re·vis·it·ed, re·vis·it·ing, re·vis·its
To visit again.
A second or repeated visit.
re our design," Pryor said.
Triad filed the documents with the state in order to secure approval for a Eugene facility.