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Background image: The main entrance sign on the exterior of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.


In May, 2015, Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) voters approved bond measure 23-182 to finance construction of a new state-of-the-art hospital. The bonds will finance several improvements including additional outpatient and inpatient services, new on-site offices for specialty and primary care providers, and compliance with current ADA, seismic and safety standards.

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New Newport Hospital

The new $57 million hospital will replace the existing hospital and physician offices, portions of which are 60 years old. Money from the bond will pay to build the new hospital building that will allow for additional specialty and primary care physicians, more clinical services, and additional imaging and treatment capabilities. Several existing buildings will also be upgraded to comply with accessibility and seismic safety standards.

“We are committed to creating a state-of-the-art facility through a process that includes community input and opportunity for involvement by local contractors,” said Fred Postlewait, Pacific Communities Health District board member.

Plans call for increased services and modern medical technology, along with better patient privacy, improved safety and more parking. Inpatient, outpatient and physician offices will be co-located in a single structure, improving access.The modern building will be more energy efficient, lowering future operation costs as well.

The project will include three phases: first — the selection of architects and completion of design including location, size and configuration of departments. The second phase will be construction of the new, three-story hospital and physician offices. When that building is in use, the third phase will be remodeling the 1988 two-story building to accommodate clinical, support and administrative functions. Then the original 1953 building will be removed and the space converted to parking.

Construction of the new hospital will help to support the local economy and provide family-wage jobs in the community.

“We are excited to begin this important project for our community,” said David Bigelow, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital chief executive officer. “It will enable continued improvement of the health and well-being of the patients we serve.”

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