Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
(SPCH) and our community partners are thrilled that construction on the much-anticipated Center for Health Education (CHE) is underway. Located in Newport, the CHE is located along Highway 101, next to the hospital, making it highly visible and easy to access.
Special thanks to the Pacific Communities Health District and some 2,000 community members who have contributed toward making this dream a reality. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in January to celebrate having raised the necessary funds to begin this project. As the original design and floor plan were created seven years ago, architects and engineers have been working with stakeholders to update the drawings based on evolving needs — all the while keeping our budget in mind.
Local architects, Dietmar Goebel and Dustin and Amanda Capri created a 10,000-square-foot, two-story floor plan, which capitalizes on natural lighting. The large conference room, teaching kitchen, employee computer lab and community resource center will be located on the first floor. The skills lab, classroom and community meeting space are on the second. The purpose of each room has remained consistent with the original plans created by local designer Cynthia Quade. Quade Construction has been named the construction manager/general contractor and the project is slated for completion in the fall of 2015.
SPCH continues to work with Lincoln County’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Department and other stakeholders to identify health care priorities so that programming at the CHE will be responsive to community needs. We participated in the HHS Community Health Assessment and are on theCommunity Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) team, which hasidentified management of chronic conditions, tobacco cessation and obesity among our county’s top issues. Programs currently offered through SPCHand other community groups can move to the CHE and new programs canbe created based on these kinds of initiatives.
Health care continues to evolve with more emphasis on disease prevention and chronic condition management to improve quality of life and lower medical costs – making the Center for Health Education the right project at the right time for the right reasons.
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A focus on wellness
Located on the hospital campus, the Center for Health Education will allow us to:
- Offer centralized meeting rooms for the county's many support groups
- Expand our ability to offer community wellness programs
- Attract large educational conferences
- Offer health-related community organizations meeting space with state-of-the-art technology
- Free up space inside the hospital for clinical use
- Create skills and simulation labs for healthcare professionals
- Establish a health resource library
Just like a community center, the Center for Health Education will be about strengthening our neighborhood—with a focus on wellness.
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