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St. Charles Foundation launches capital campaign for patient tower with $1 million gift

May 3, 2018

BEND, Ore. — The St. Charles Foundation has announced a $1 million gift toward the new patient tower at St. Charles Bend, launching the community phase of a $10 million capital campaign to help fund the project.

“On Christmas Day in 1917, five Sisters from Indiana boarded a train and set out to found Bend’s first hospital with the mission to ‘care for all,’” said Connie Newport, Foundation board chair. “One hundred years later, we are still providing care for every individual who walks through our doors.”

“Philanthropy has been crucial in each and every expansion at St. Charles over the past 100 years. As our community has grown, St. Charles has grown with it. To launch our next century of care, we’re bringing the community together once again to ensure exceptional care,” said John Jepson, senior philanthropy officer. “To accomplish this, we’re partnering with caregivers, physicians, vendors and members of the community.”

The $66 million addition, which is now more than halfway complete, is expected to be complete in May 2019. Located north of the existing Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the three-story patient tower will have space for 28 additional inpatient beds and 24 ICU beds. The project was designed by architects NBBJ and is being built by local crews from Skanska.

For more information about giving and naming opportunities, please contact John Jepson at 541-706-6953 or

About St. Charles Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of St. Charles Health System, the Foundation works to support and improve health care in Central and Eastern Oregon. Private donations raised by the Foundation allow St. Charles to build new medical facilities, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, keep pace with the latest technological advances and deliver exceptional patient care in a healing environment. The Foundation does more than just raise money for bricks and mortar. The organization also raises money to support many programs that benefit low-income and uninsured patients.