In response to increased program needs and limited remaining buildable land at its current site, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is developing expansion plans for the 84 acres it owns directly north of its Corvallis campus.
Developing the property will require annexation into the city limits. Hospital CEO Becky Pape said she plans to ask the City Council to refer the annexation to voters in November 2017.
“We have started the planning process and have had several informal meetings with City staff about the needs we hope to address on the North Campus property,” Pape said. “We plan to continue our communication and outreach with City staff – as well as with related advisory boards, neighbors and other stakeholders -- as we develop our concepts for the site.”
Pape said the primary focus of the expansion is to locate additional clinical services at the site, including outpatient, specialty and mental health services, as well as parking. Plans are still being developed for portions of the remaining property, with some sections remaining as open space and conservation areas.
“Health care is increasingly oriented to outpatient and preventive services, and we are out of space to address those needs at our current site,” Pape said. “A prime motivation for purchasing the North Campus property years ago was as a site for future expansion, and we are now at the point of taking that next step.”
Good Samaritan purchased approximately one third of the 312-acre Owens Farm site in 2002. The remaining land was purchased by the City of Corvallis and the Greenbelt Land Trust.
Larry Mullins, President/CEO of Good Samaritan’s parent organization, Samaritan Health Services, said Good Samaritan’s role as the regional medical center for its three-county service area prompts a broader perspective to its facilities planning.
“We need to be thinking about the future health care needs of the region in addition to those of local residents,” he said.