BEND, OR -- Fundraising for a new patient tower at Bend’s St. Charles Medical Center could get a big boost this spring. The Tykeson Family Foundation says it will contribute a million dollars to the $66 million tower project, if the St. Charles Foundation raises $4 million by April 30. St. Charles is about $800,000 shy of that goal, and is asking the community to help, in addition to caregivers, doctors and vendors.
The patient tower is designed to increase patient capacity, with a 28-bed Progressive Care Unit and 24-bed Intensive Care Unit. It will also have 20,000 square feet of "shell space" for future development. Planning for the tower began in 2016. Hospital officials say the current facility is beyond capacity and they were forced to transfer nearly 100 patients due to overcrowding, last year.
St. Charles Bend Patient Tower Takes Shape (04/20/2018)
In a statement, St. Charles CEO Joe Sluka says, "It's abundantly clear to us just how much we need the new patient tower. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Tykeson Family Foundation and our other donors, this project is going to be a reality." He says in addition to being overcrowded, the hospital's ICU is outdated; they're reportedly 44% smaller than what's recommended. For more information about the project or to contribute to the St. Charles Foundation, contact John Jepson, Senior Philanthropy Officer, at 541-706-6953 or via email.
Image: Architectural rendering of the completed tower, courtesy of St. Charles Health System