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We’re Building on Great Care in Newport

The new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital will be modern, efficient and flexible enough to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of health care delivery and will continue to provide high quality health care here at home for our diverse coastal community.

The first phase of our project is complete - a new three-story addition, which houses brand new Emergency, Diagnostic Imaging and Surgery departments, an inpatient floor, and our primary care and specialty clinics on one floor. This facility opened to patients on Jan. 31, 2019.

The second phase of construction is in-process, and includes a complete renovation of our two-story structure built in 1988. Additionally, we are undergoing a full seismic upgrade to ensure this building, like the new addition, will remain functional during and after a significant earthquake. We anticipate this phase to be complete in March 2020.

After that building reopens, the old 1950s structure will be demolished to make room for expanded parking. Anticipated completion is late summer 2020.

Drone View of Construction

See a bird’s-eye view of the construction project.

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Construction Animation

Watch an animated video of how our new hospital will be constructed.

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Help Purchase Vital Equipment for the New Hospital

The Pacific Communities Health District Foundation has committed to raising $1 million for vital medical equipment, especially for hospital departments serving vulnerable populations within our local communities. Join us with a financial gift to help high quality patient care in our community.

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Commonly Asked Questions

The current structure does not have room for growth, making it difficult to add physicians or treatments to meet the diverse health needs of the community. The original hospital is more than 60 years old and limits the installation of new health care technologies that would offer patients the best care possible. Additionally, the hospital needs to be updated to current seismic, ADA and energy efficiency standards, making it safer for patients.
The total cost that has been allotted for building this project is $57 million.
In May 2015, voters from throughout the Pacific Communities Health District approved Bond Measure 21-163 to finance construction of a new state-of-the-art hospital. The district has issued 20-year general obligation bonds for new and updated hospital facilities. The cost to residents is no more than 98-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That means if you own a property with an assessed value of $150,000, you would pay $147 annually. However, with greater service capabilities and more clinical specialists available right here at home, residents won’t need to travel to the valley for their health care, which can cost more than $100 per trip.
The hospital buildings are a public asset, owned and overseen by the Pacific Communities Health District. Facility additions are funded by the district. Samaritan Health Services pays for the equipment used in patient care. Since 2002, Samaritan has invested more than $16 million in new equipment and has budgeted an additional $10 million to equip the new facility. Additionally, Samaritan pays ongoing maintenance costs for the hospital.

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 Lincoln City, Tillamook, Dallas, Florence and Lebanon.