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A new four-story patient care tower is planned for construction is planned for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center; Kent Bergstedt named agent of the year at The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Meridian Park Medical Center moves toward new construction

COURTESY OF LEGACY HEALTH - An artist's rendering shows what the exterior of the patient care tower to be built at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center could look like on the hospital campus.Sometime late this summer, visitors and staff at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in east Tualatin will notice some major changes underway.

Out in front of what is now Meridian Park's main entrance, where much of the hospital's parking lots are located, a new patient care tower is planned for construction. The four-story building, which will be roughly 160,000 square feet in size, will not expand the hospital's bed capacity, said Legacy Health spokesman Piseth Pich, but it will help optimize "operational flow" and "bring our patient care areas up to standard (modern-day) code."

The tradeoff is that the building footprint will displace dozens of parking spaces out in front of the main entrance, and construction could affect accessibility. Pich said the building "will take up a good majority of this parking lot."

There is no exact date for when site preparation will begin, although it is expected to come sometime in August, according to Pich. Construction is anticipated to start over the winter, he added.

After the prep work begins, visitors and staff will have to park in other lots, as the existing parking lots in front of the main entrance will not be available. The trees and landscaping around those parking lots also will be removed, although Pich said plans call for new trees to be planted as part of the project. Legacy is looking at ways to add new parking areas to the hospital campus, he added.

"The site prep in August will immediately affect parking in the main parking lot, but we will do our best to accommodate as much parking as we can in the other areas of the hospital grounds," Pich told The Times in an email.

— Mark Miller

Sherwood man honored as an agent of the year

The Travelers Companies, Inc. recently presented its Agent of the Year Award to 10 of the company's leading personal insurance independent agents including a Sherwood resident.Kent Bergstedt

Kent Bergstedt of Lake Oswego's Bisnett Insurance was one of those honored for their outstanding customer service, long-term profitable growth and commitment to Travelers.

The awards were presented at the company's annual personal insurance leadership conference for top independent agents and brokers.

"The 2017 Agents of the Year deliver high-quality service and tremendous value to their customers," said Michael Klein, president of personal insurance at Travelers. "This exemplary group demonstrates the critical role independent agents play in the insurance industry. We are proud to be their partner and congratulate them for their ongoing success."

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