St. Charles Madras' $16 million remodel and expansion adds 26,000 square feet to hospital.

HOLLY M. GILL - The new main entrance for St. Charles Madras opened this week on the east side of the building, accessed by Northeast A Street. The 'galleria' provides a central registration and waiting area for the hospital, as well as the access to the family clinic and both new and original parts of the hospital. The emergency room access is on the north side of the building.
Two years after St. Charles Madras broke ground on a $16 million renovation and addition, the third and final phase, featuring a brand new entrance, is now complete.

The "galleria" entrance, on the east side of the hospital, just north of the former emergency room entrance, links the new and old parts of the hospital, and provides a central registration and waiting area for the hospital and family clinic. Before the renovation, the main entrance was on the south side of the hospital, and the family clinic was a separate building.

The final phase also included expansion of the laboratory, which has been located in the trailer in front of the hospital, to space inside the hospital, and the addition of 88 parking spaces to make it easier for the public to access the hospital and family clinic from Northeast A Street.

"It's so exciting to finish a project that we promised to the community," said John Bishop, president of both St. Charles Madras and St. Charles Prineville. "The additions and changes we've made to our hospital are truly going to enhance the quality and safety of patient care and serve Jefferson County and beyond for many years to come."

The project more than fulfills a key element of the asset transfer agreement between Mountain View Hospital and St. Charles Madras, which took effect Jan. 1, 2013, and required St. Charles Health System to spend at least $10 million on hospital improvements.

The following year, the St. Charles Board of Directors approved the project, which added 26,000 square feet to the facility — now about 82,168 square feet — and improved outpatient and primary care services.

"We can all be very proud of this upgraded and renovated hospital, which offers quality health care close to home," said Mack Gardner, of Madras, who served on the Mountain View Hospital Board of Directors before becoming a St. Charles Health System board member. "We can certainly thank those community visionaries back in the mid 1960s and subsequent hospital boards who all laid the groundwork for today's 21st century Madras hospital."

The first phase included design, permitting, groundwork, underground utilities and moving the maintenance building, while the second phase included the new space for the expanded emergency department, operating rooms, and radiology department.

The Neenan Co., of Fort Collins, Colorado, was the architect and general contractor for the project, which provided substantial upgrades and improvements to the 50-year-old hospital.

Despite the expansion, St. Charles Madras remains a 25-bed "critical access hospital" — a designation applied to certain rural hospitals. The hospital serves about 21,000 people in Madras and Jefferson County.

On Jan. 12, at 8 a.m., the community is to a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the project's completion. The event will be held in the new galleria and registration area in the new eastside entrance.

The new entrance will serve the family clinic, and should be used by visitors and for scheduled births in the Family Birthing Center, hospital admittance, surgeries, imaging, and laboratory work.

The emergency department entrance is now located near the northeast corner of the hospital, and can be accessed from Northeast 12th Street. It is open 24 hours a day for emergencies such as laboring mothers. Ambulances will also enter from 12th Street, to deliver patients to the single emergency entrance.

The rehab entrance is located on the west end of the north side of the hospital, and is also accessed from 12 Street, during regular hospital hours, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


About St. Charles Health System

Headquartered in Bend, St. Charles Health System owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond, as well as family care clinics in Bend, Madras, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters.

St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon, with more than 4,200 caregivers.

In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to local communities.

At last count, there were 132 full-time equivalent employees at St. Charles Madras, with another nine at the Family Care Clinic, plus support teams, which bring the total employment to about 150-160.

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