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Center for Health Education Nears Completion

In 2005, a new center for health education to serve the coastal communities was envisioned. Now, nearly 10 years later, that dream will soon become a reality. Local architects, Dietmar Goebel and Dustin and Amanda Capri, teamed up with Quade Commercial Construction to complete the long-awaited project.

Construction of the Center for Health Education on the campus of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport began in August 2014 and the doors will open in July 2015. The center will house a community resource center, a teaching kitchen, a computer and skill labs for health care professionals, as well as multi-purpose conference rooms.

“Over the next few months, we will refine the staffing plan for the building so that we can be fully operational shortly after construction finishes,” said David Bigelow, CEO of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. “We are developing positions to manage the facility, provide clinical staff training and oversee the community resource center. Current staff will offer community education programs, such as birthing classes and diabetes prevention workshops. But we are also expecting the community to create and offer programs at the center. We also expect to attract regional health conferences to the facility.”

The center is a partnership between Samaritan Health Services, the Pacific Communities Health District, and community donors to the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation. Programming is being defined by findings in the Community Health Assessment and the Community Health Improvement Partnership processes.

“We are very excited that plans are taking shape for the Dr. Richard L. Fox Sculpture Garden facing southwest Ninth Street,” said Ursula Marinelli, executive director, Pacific Communities Health District Foundation.
“We have commissioned mosaic pieces by the Oregon Coast Children’s Center for the Arts, thanks to donations from two local families. In keeping with the coastal environment, one is a beautiful fish and the other is a life-like tidal pool. They’ll be made from porcelain, agates, glass and recycled materials.”

The foundation is still accepting donations to support the $2.8 million project and to support special programs and classes. At the conclusion of the construction phase, Samaritan Pacific Health Services will equip, furnish and operate the center and the health district will own the building.

Many thanks are due to all who contributed and supported this important community project.

The Pacific Communities Health District Foundation offers monthly guided tours to the public. To reserve a space, please call the foundation office at 541-574-4745 or email