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Building for the Future

We are excited to share information about the NEW Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, which we envision as an efficient and innovative hospital facility located on a patient-centered medical campus.

Our Vision: To create a world-class, award-winning, community-centered rural hospital campus that will challenge conventional expectations, be patient- and family-centric, flexible, scalable and reflective of our local culture. We envision a state-of-the-art hospital campus that exemplifies excellence and is environmentally conscious, sustainable, timeless and mission-driven.

To date, we are in the initial planning stages for the new hospital. Construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2018 on the existing 12-acre campus, which is located in a serene setting on Devils Lake, one mile off Highway 101 at the corner of NE West Devils Lake Road and NE 28th Street in Lincoln City. During construction, the hospital and outlying clinics will remain open to serve the health care needs of residents and visitors of Lincoln City and the surrounding area.

Scroll down to the Frequently Asked Questions and explore other areas of this page, too. You’ll find news releases and other announcements, along with information about upcoming community information meetings. Please return often as this page will be updated regularly as information becomes known.

If you have questions, please contact PR/Marketing Coordinator Mary Jo Kerlin.       Email        541-557-6208

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Transforming Our Hospital from the Inside Out

 As our vision illustrates, we have high ambitions for our new hospital building.

We can’t deliver the bricks and mortar of a new hospital until we decide on a design. It can’t be just any cookie-cutter design – it must be a design specific to our community’s needs and a design that encourages streamlined and logical workflows for our staff.

Predesign planning kicked off on Sept. 1. Since then, dozens of key stakeholders – from the community, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, Samaritan Health Services and the North Lincoln Health District – have participated in numerous brainstorming sessions to discover ways to improve our internal processes. The expectation is that our hospital will be transformed from the inside out. With physical barriers and clumsy processes eliminated, our staff can focus on what they already do so well – deliver exceptional care and customer service.

The predesign sessions have been guided by staff from HGA Architects and Engineers. These design professionals will combine their past experience with new information gleaned from these many meetings to design a building and campus that will meet our community’s needs for decades to come. What an interesting process this has been!

The next step will be the actual design process, which will continue through much of 2017, with an exterior architectural rendering available by early spring.

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All suggestions will be reviewed by a senior member of the hospital leadership and shared with the design-build team for consideration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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North Lincoln Health District (NLHD) is a public taxing district that was formed in 1965 for the primary purpose of building and operating the North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, which opened in 1968. The health district’s board members are publicly elected.

The North Lincoln Hospital Foundation (NLHF) was formed in 1983 with the mission of supporting the health district, the hospital and the overall health and well-being of the community. Since then, countless individuals and businesses have generously supported the foundation’s efforts, helping to raise more than $2 million for medical equipment, services and financial support for patient and community wellness programs.

Samaritan Health Services (SHS) is a not-for-profit regional health system comprising hospitals, physician clinics and health plans serving Lincoln, Benton and Linn counties. In 2001, the health district and Samaritan entered into a long-term affiliation in which the health district continued to own the hospital and adjacent properties (serving as the landlord) and Samaritan operated those facilities (serving as the tenant). Thus, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital was created as part of the affiliation agreement between NLHD and SHS. The not-for-profit hospital is part of SHS and employs those who work at the hospital.

In February 2016, NLHD transferred ownership of its land and buildings to SHS with the provision that SHS build a new hospital to serve the health care needs of residents and visitors for decades to come. SHS will also consider how to best situate the new hospital on the hospital campus and how the campus can further be developed to address other health and community needs. NLHD will continue to exist in support of health-related programs in the community.


The vision is to create a world-class, award-winning, community-centered rural hospital campus that will challenge conventional expectations, be patient- and family-centric, flexible, scalable and reflective of our local culture. We envision a state-of-the-art hospital campus that exemplifies excellence and is environmentally conscious, sustainable, timeless and mission-driven.

Planning and pre-design work will wrap up by Spring 2017 and the design phase will continue through the rest of the year. A groundbreaking date will be announced in early 2018 and the new hospital will open for business sometime in 2019. As we move through the process, a more exact timeline will be developed and announced.

Meanwhile, the planning and pre-design work is extensive! It includes gathering and analyzing data about the community’s demographics and health priorities, patient volumes in the hospital and outpatient clinics, opportunities for new and enhanced programs and services, and so much more.

Assisting in this process is the design-build team of HGA Architects and Engineers, Skanska (construction group) and WIPFLi CPA and Consultants. Dozens people are actively involved in planning including staff from Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and Samaritan Health Services, North Lincoln Health District board members, North Lincoln Hospital Foundation board members, and numerous other community members representing a broad range of experience and interests.

Those costs will be determined once facility planning has been completed.
Samaritan Health Services will pay for the construction of the new hospital building(s) and the development plan for the hospital campus. Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital will pay for equipment and furnishings, with support from contributions to the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation.
This federal designation is designed to help small, rural hospitals remain financially viable and pays them a higher rate of Medicare reimbursement. In order to maintain the designation, CAH hospitals cannot operate more than 25 inpatient beds. There are 25 CAHs in Oregon, including hospitals in Tillamook, Dallas, Florence and Lebanon, in addition to those in Lincoln City and Newport.
We will know more as recommendations are made on where to locate the new hospital on the campus, and how the remaining property can best be used to serve patient and community needs. It is unlikely that any changes will occur with the buildings that house the Samaritan Medical Plaza (the Surgical Clinic) and Samaritan Early Learning Center.
First, the existing Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital campus offers a tsunami-safe, mostly level, easily developed plot of land that is already owned by the hospital. Second, there is a lack of suitable land on Highway 101 that is large enough, easily developed and an appropriate distance from the next closest hospital, in Newport. The distance is important because both Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and Newport’s Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals, two of which normally cannot be within 35 miles of each other.
Yes. The North Lincoln Health District will continue to receive tax payments from property owners in the district and disburse it as needed to support hospital operations and other health-related programs as determined by the district board.
The district extends from the center of Lincoln Beach north through Lincoln City to the county line.
Continue to visit this website for updates and for information about upcoming community meetings, which will be getting underway later this year.