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May 31, 2013
St. Charles purchases land, selects design-build firm, for new Prineville campus
Prineville, Ore. — St. Charles Health System has signed an agreement with the Ochoco Lumber Company for the purchase of a 20-acre site where a new health care campus will be constructed beginning early next year.
A committee made up of St. Charles and Pioneer Memorial Hospital representatives selected the site at 200 SE Combs Flat Road based on its close proximity to State Highway 26, as well as the positive impact its redevelopment will have on the Prineville community.
“This site is in a prime location,” said Kirk Schueler, St. Charles’ chief administrative officer. “Not only is it readily accessible from Third Street, but also the surplus land around it could be developed for synergistic uses with the hospital.”
As part of its agreement with Ochoco Lumber, St. Charles will pay about $1 million for the land. The health system will also be responsible for some off-site infrastructure, as well as the costs associated with rezoning the property and developing a master plan.
“Ochoco Lumber supports St. Charles’ commitment to offering quality healthcare in the region,” said Bruce Daucsavage, president of Ochoco Lumber Company. “We’re pleased this property will provide the health care system with an opportunity to construct a state-of-the-art facility to meet the needs of the Prineville community.”
St. Charles has also selected The Neenan Company, a Fort Collins, Colo.-based integrated health care architecture and construction firm, to both design and construct the roughly 60,000-square-foot hospital and clinic.
“This project will enhance patient access to primary, emergent, diagnostic, procedural and preventative care locally,” said Michael Curtis, Neenan’s vice president. “It will also positively impact the local economy, as Neenan will hire regional engineers and construction trade subcontractors to perform the work.”
The health care campus will feature a primary care and specialty care physician clinic, Emergency Department, imaging and laboratory services, two surgical suites, 12 inpatient beds, a retail pharmacy and more.
Construction on the $30 million project will likely begin in the first quarter of 2014 and will take about eighteen months to complete.
About St. Charles Health System
St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras and Redmond, and leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,000. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.