Medical center expansion slated for winter completion
Officials at the Providence Newberg Medical Center said a massive expansion project is still on track to be fully completed sometime this winter.
Spokesman Mike Antrim said things were "going great" for the project, with tenants expected to begin moving in sometime in November, and the massive project to be fully operational in December or January.
"The building is essentially full of tenants already, we don't really have any vacant space in there," Antrim said.
The expansion project is for a new, 60,000-square-foot, three-story building that will allow the hospital to serve an additional 7,000 patients in a year. Constructing this new building will cost a total of $46.7 million.
Antrim said the hospital will expand its cancer services with the expansion and will bring patient rehab into the new building as well. He added that family medicine and internal medicine providers would also be in the new building, and the additional space will allow for more laboratory, diagnostic imaging, MRI and CT machine services.
Providence will also add three more operating rooms for outpatient surgery in the orthopedic, gynecological and eye surgery departments.
Antrim said the hospital's foundation has raised about $900,000 of the $1 million they had planned to contribute to the project. He said at the Heart of Gold event slated for August, they anticipate topping off that fundraising goal.
The fund assists the medical center in providing for the educational needs of nurses, technicians and other hospital and service area employees. It provides tuition assistance for those returning to school for advanced degrees and fees associated with seminars, workshops and other educational events.
The medical center has seen an increase of more than 44,000 new patients in the past five years. The hospital's work force has continued to grow in that time as well, and the new expansion will add to the work force.
"For the medical clinic, we will add five additional providers, two additional RNs and 12 additional staff, so we will be adding approximately 20 more people," Antrim previously told the Graphic.
PNMC will focus on outpatient services for about 90 percent of the building; the medical center averages about 225,000 annual visits and the need is expected to increase. With the expansion, it can have rooms ready for new physicians as the need arises.
"Things have been going great," he said, adding there have been no false starts or hiccups along the way that slowed fundraising or construction.