After completion of a two-year project, St. Charles Madras holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

SUSAN MATHENY - St. Charles Madras celebrated the completion of its $16 million renovation and addition with a ribbon-cutting on Jan. 12, in the new galleria at the hospital. At center, Janell Orcutt and Mack Gardner, former members of the Mountain View Hospital District Board of Directors, cut the ribbon. Those pictured in the front row include Kathryn Schuh Markwardt, executive assistant, Louella Brown, patient access supervisor, Candy Canga-Picar, chief nursing officer, Tammy Wilson, inpatient services manager, Orcutt, Meg Cummins, former board member, Gardner, current member of the St. Charles Health System Board of Directors, Joe Sluka, president and CEO of St. Charles Health System, and John Bishop, president of St. Charles Madras and Prineville. The back row, from left to right, includes: Laurie McCall, rehab therapy manager, David Golda Sr., director of operations, Matt Oakes, human resources manager, Mike Weber, former Mountain View board member, Thom Pastor, food services manager, Harley McCormick, lab and radiology director, Tom Kirsch, former MVH board member, Lauren Habel (face hidden), emergency department clinical supervisor, Dennis Dempsey, St. Charles board member, and Randy Jasa (hidden), emergency room manager. The group is standing in front of the artwork of Madras artist Paul Lanquist, which is featured in the new areas of the hospital. The painting depicts the actual World War II-era hangar at the Madras Municipal Airport, along with B-17s, which were used for training at the airport during the war.
St. Charles Madras celebrated the completion of a two-year renovation and expansion project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 12, in the new "galleria" — the hospital's new entrance and registration area on the east side.

The third and final phase of the hospital's remodel and expansion was finished in December, when the new main entrance off A Street opened to all patients and visitors.

The final phase of the renovation project included expanding the laboratory, enhancing the hospital entrance and parking areas, and connecting the new central registration and waiting area with the older part of the hospital.

"It's so exciting to finish a project that we promised to the community," said John Bishop, president of 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."

In 2014, the St. Charles Health System Board of Directors approved the $16 million project, which has added 26,000 square feet to the facility and improved outpatient and primary care services.

The 25-bed critical access hospital — which serves 21,000 people in Madras and surrounding communities — was built in 1967 and did not meet standards of care when St. Charles acquired it through an asset transfer in 2013. The transaction included a significant infusion of capital into the hospital for the much-needed facility upgrades.

As part of the same project, the St. Charles Madras Emergency Department was expanded and enhanced, and a new surgical suite and imaging department were constructed, all of which were completed last summer.

"We can all be very proud of this upgraded and renovated hospital, which offers quality health care close to home," said Mack Gardner, a Madras resident and 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 ground work for today's 21st century Madras hospital."

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