Oregon Public Health Division officials granted Samaritan Albany General Hospital a certificate of need on June 13 to develop a freestanding inpatient hospice facility in Albany. The facility will be known as Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House. It will be located at 4600 Evergreen Place S.E., Albany, on the southwest corner of Waverly Drive and Del Rio Ave.
The facility will have 12 patient rooms for inpatient and respite care of terminally ill patients. The addition of this facility will bring the number of freestanding inpatient hospice facilities in Oregon to three; the other two are in Bend and Portland.
Site work will begin on the property on July 7, 2011. T. Gerding Construction Co. of Corvallis has been chosen by Samaritan Albany General Hospital as the general contractor for this project. A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for later this summer.
Under state certificate of need law, SAGH was required to seek state approval for development of this facility but is one of six such facilities eligible to proceed under an abbreviated review process. The law’s purpose is to see that health services are adequately distributed around the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.
For information about the hospice house project, contact Kim Sass at (541) 812-4705.