PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prineville officially has a new hospital. Patients were moved to the new St. Charles Prineville facility overnight, with everyone arriving by 4 a.m. The Emergency Room received its first patient at 4:43 a.m.
Jeanne Gentry, CEO of the Prineville hospital, tells KBND the move was a big undertaking. "Over 65 years you gather a lot of stuff. So, we've been going through a lot of housecleaning and evaluating what supplies we need to keep on hand and trying to lean up how we do things. It was a lot of work, but it was good work."
She says patients will notice some differences from the old building. "They're much larger so that family members can stay over with the patient. They're modern in-patient rooms, so that will be a big difference. There will be 16 of those rooms, where in the old hospital we only had 11. There's much more space for taking care of in-patients."
The $30 million health care campus includes a primary care and specialty physician clinic, an emergency department, surgery suites and a lab. The new family care clinic, located inside the hospital, opened at 8 a.m.