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New Earthquake-Resistant Hospital Opens in Lincoln City

On Feb. 4 Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital opened the doors to its new facility just steps away from the 51-year-old hospital it was built to replace. Patients were moved from the old hospital to the new building at 7 a.m. and shortly thereafter new patients began arriving at the Emergency Department.

“I am so excited to be in our new beautiful, state-of-the-art hospital,” said Lesley Ogden, MD, CEO for Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. “Thanks to a lot of detailed planning and the support of our employees, contractors, vendors and the community, the move went smoothly.”

The interior design has a Northwest feel that brings the outdoors – ocean to the forest – indoors. With an efficient, flexible-use and patient-centered design, almost every inpatient room has a view of Devils Lake.

A particularly important feature of the new hospital is its earthquake resiliency. From pilings driven down to bedrock that help keep the building in place, to floating ceilings and flexible gas lines, the building is designed to continue operations even after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. In addition, the hospital is located above the tsunami inundation zone.  Watch the KGW interview with Dr. Ogden to learn more.

Through early June, the old hospital will be demolished to make way for a new parking lot. After the original building is removed, an environmentally-friendly central parking area will be constructed to serve the hospital and other buildings on the campus – including the former nursing home building that has been remodeled into administrative, business and Physical Rehabilitation spaces.

A Note to Patients & Visitors

During the demolition phase, everyone must enter the hospital through a temporary entrance located on 28th Street, near the loading dock.  Vehicular traffic for patients going to the Emergency Department is allowed via the temporary one-lane driveway.

Grand Opening This Summer

Watch for details about a grand opening celebration to be held in August after all work is completed. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience during the changes and transitions in the coming months.

Learn more about this exciting project at

The new hospital in Lincoln City opened in February of 2020.

Patients and visitors will enjoy views of Devils Lake from most rooms at the new Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.