Local benefactor donates $500,000 to effort to expand the medical center in Newberg

RENDERING COURTESY OF PNMC - Expansion of Providence Newberg Medical Center will begin this sumer and is expected to be completed in fall 2019.

The planned expansion of Providence Newberg Medical Center got a large influx of cash last week thanks to a local benefactor.

Providence Newberg Health Foundation announced Thursday that the Austin Family Foundation had donated $500,000 toward construction of the 60,000- to 80,000-square-foot expansion. The donation is earmarked, according to a press release from Providence, for a new cardiac rehabilitation center that will be housed within the medical office. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin this summer and be completed in fall 2019.

"We are pleased to support Providence Newberg Medical Center," said K

en Austin Jr., co-founder of A-dec Inc. and the namesake for the Austin Family Foundation. "Ten years ago, Joan Austin played a lead role in supporting the opening of Providence in Newberg. We view this as the next step and hope others will join in supporting the campaign."

Plans for the expansion include reconfiguring areas of the existing medical center and medical office building, as well as constructing a new standalone structure across Providence Drive. The project is projected to cost $46.7 million and include new equipment for the facility. Once complete, the project will expand the Providence Cancer Center and include outpatient and cardiac rehabilitation; diagnostic imaging for mammography, MRI and CT scans; and primary care offices for family and internal medicine.

The effort to expand the medical facility will be aided by the Providence Newberg Health Foundation's board of trustees' commitment to raise more than $1 million for the project.

"This amazing gift will make cardiac care easily accessible for patients and families, helping many overcome physical challenges," said Lori Bergen, PNMC's chief executive. "We are forever grateful to the Austin Family for their generosity to Providence – this gift will make a difference for so many in our community."

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