Samaritan Health Services leaders and local dignitaries donned yellow hard hats and turned dirt with golden shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Aug. 29, to celebrate the start of construction of a building that will house an urgent care in Sweet Home.
The structure will be constructed at the corner of 49th Avenue and U.S. Highway 20. The 17,000 -square-foot building will house Samaritan’s new Sweet Home Family Medicine Clinic, as well as the new urgent care and pharmacy.
More than 80 people gathered at the morning event as speakers shared the importance of filling a much-needed hole for health care in rural east Linn County.
Speakers at the event included Marty Cahill, CEO of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Milton Moran Jr., Samaritan Health Services board chair, Greg Mahler, mayor of Sweet Home, Vanessa Cornwall, who spoke on behalf of U.S. Rep. Peter Defazio D-Springfield, Juliette Asuncion, medical director of Sweet Home Family Medicine, and Doug Boysen, CEO of Samaritan Health Services.
The building is slated to be completed by fall 2023 and will include 18 family medicine exam rooms, seven urgent care exam rooms, a laboratory, a drive-through pharmacy and helipad.
The new urgent care clinic is a beneficiary of Samaritan Foundations’ Stronger Together campaign which seeks to improve access to health care in the local communities Samaritan serves. Learn more about the Sweet Home project at samhealth.org/sweethometogether.