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A New Era of Care Begins in Lincoln City

With profound appreciation to the North Lincoln Health District, Samaritan Health Services, Skanksa USA Building, HGA, hospital staff, community members and countless others. We couldn’t have done it without your support!

On Feb. 4, 2020 Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital opened the doors to its new facility just steps away from the 51-year-old hospital it was built to replace.

The interior design has a Northwest feel that brings the outdoors – ocean to the forest – indoors. With an efficient, flexible-use and patient-centered design, almost every inpatient room has a view of Devils Lake.

A particularly important feature of the new hospital is its earthquake resiliency. From pilings driven down to bedrock that help keep the building in place, to floating ceilings and flexible gas lines, the building is designed to continue operations even after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. In addition, the hospital is located above the tsunami inundation zone.  Watch the KGW interview with Dr. Ogden to learn more.


Background image: Boysen-Manning-Ogden thank the Lincoln City community

Timeline of Hospital Transformation

September 2016
Stakeholders provide input on optimal patient care workflow and processes during pre-design planning.

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

July 2018
Site work begins the week of July 9 and the original hospital remains open throughout construction.

October 2019
Construction is done and staff begin training in new building while continuing to see patients in the old.

Jan. 11, 2020
Stakeholders are invited to a formal Grand Reveal event, hosted by North Lincoln Hospital Foundation.

Feb. 4, 2020
Once staff and equipment are moved from the old hospital to the new, the new hospital official opens!

March 2020
Demolition begins on the original hospital building, located just steps away from the new hospital.

July 2020
All campus improvements, including the new main parking lot, are completed.

Sept. 23, 2020
A drive-by celebration parade is held instead of a formal public grand opening event, because of pandemic precautions. In photo, Samaritan President & CEO Doug Boysen, Vice President of Marketing & Communications Julie Manning and hospital CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden

About Your New Hospital

Join Us in Support of Lincoln City’s New Hospital

We deeply appreciate everyone who supported North Lincoln Hospital Foundation’s $7.5 million campaign to furnish and equip the new hospital with the latest medical technology. Our next goal is raise funds for new MRI diagnostic imaging equipment. Please join us with a financial gift today to help continue providing excellent care close to home.

Hospital Updates

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.
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.

Construction on the new hospital building began in July 2018 and was completed in November 2019.

The new hospital began receiving patients on Feb. 4, 2020.

All campus improvements (including demolition of the old building and construction of the main parking lot) will be completed by July 2020.

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.