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Join Us in Support of Lincoln City’s New Hospital

The North Lincoln Hospital Foundation is leading a $7 million campaign to help furnish and equip the new hospital facility with the latest medical technology. Join us with a financial gift to help continue to provide excellent care close to home.

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.

The replacement facility is being built on the southeast corner of the 12-acre campus overlooking Devils Lake. 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. 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

Background image: Exterior architectural rendering of the beautiful replacement hospital

Transforming Our Hospital from the Inside Out

Reading the words in our Vision, you can see we have high ambitions for the new hospital!

The new design will be unique to our community and will support streamlined and logical workflows for our staff. The expectation is that this 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.

September 2016: Predesign planning kicks off with dozens of key stakeholders providing input on how to create optimal patient care workflow and processes.

November 2017: Design development begins, focused on creating the physical space to support the new processes.

July 2018: With final design and construction documents approved by city and state agencies, site work begins the week of July 9.

October 2019: New building is completed and the process of moving staff and equipment from the old to new building begins.

Early 2020: Original hospital building to be demolished.

Late Spring 2020: All campus improvements, including the new main parking lot, will be completed.

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.

Construction on the new hospital building began in July 2018 and will be completed in late 2019.

This will be followed by the relocation of departments and staff from the old hospital building into the new facility, demolishing the old building and finishing campus improvements (including the main parking lot) in early 2020.

As we move through the process, exact timelines will be updated and announced.

The construction budget has been set at $42 million. The cost for furnishings, fixtures and equipment is approximately $7 million.
Samaritan Health Services will pay for the construction of the new hospital building and the development plan for the hospital campus. Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital will pay for fixtures, furnishings and equipment, 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.
The only buildings on the campus to be impacted are the existing hospital building (which will be demolished once the new hospital is open for service) and the Health Professions Education Center (which is being remodeled for administrative use and some outpatient services).
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.