Expansion of the Mario Pastega House is beginning to take shape on the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center campus.
GBC Construction crews have poured the footings for the foundation of the expansion, adjacent to the existing facility. Once complete in early 2022, the house will feature 24 guest rooms – double the current size. Many of the new rooms will have two queen beds, which will offer better accommodations for larger families.
In addition, the house will feature an expanded laundry room with industrial equipment. Work already done has included refurbishing the existing rooms and kitchen area.
The house serves patients and families who must travel to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (GSRMC) campus for specialty medical care, ranging from surgeries to cancer treatments. About a third of the house’s guests come to Corvallis for cancer treatments at the Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center. Other patients visit the hospital for heart surgeries or other specialty procedures.
The Mario Pastega House also provides accommodations to support persons of those admitted to GSRMC.
“We are excited and grateful for the addition of 12 new guest rooms,” said Leslie Armstrong, supervisor of guest services. “This will allow us to double the number of patients and families that we serve as well as provide additional rooms for families during times of need or hardship.”
The late Mario and Alma Pastega made the house possible with a $350,000 gift toward its construction. Mario Pastega had the vision for the house after staying in a similar hospitality house in California while his sister underwent surgery.
The Pastega House is truly a special place, one designed for healing,” Armstrong said. “Our guests enter as friends and leave as family. Our team is humbled to play a small role in that process. Our guests are in the forefront of our minds with every detail, from fabric selection to accessibility to local artwork to provide a feeling of ‘home.’”
Multiple businesses and community leaders contributed toward the construction with the Pastega family, including CH2M Hill, Rodda Paint and others. The Corvallis High School Mr. and Mrs. Spartan events continue to raise support for the house, and the Siletz Tribe has awarded grants toward the facility.
Project cost is $2.8 million. The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, with support from the Mario and Alma Pastega Family Foundation, has raised $2 million of that total and continues to invite gifts toward this initiative. For more information, or to contribute, call the foundation at 844-768-4256.