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For the third time in 12 years, St. Charles Bend is going to construct a major addition that will significantly increase its number of hospital beds.
The St. Charles Health System Board of Directors recently approved a $66 million project that includes a new patient tower, parking lot and water line. Skanska and NBBJ Architects have been selected to complete the design and build.
The largest construction project since the St. Charles Cancer Center, the new patient tower will be located north of the existing ICU and stand three stories tall, with room for inpatient and emergency psychiatric services and space for additional critical care beds.
The planned expansion will result in a total of between 24 ICU beds and 28 inpatient beds in Bend nearly doubling the size of the existing nursing tower and having a significant impact on the overall look and feel of the hospital campus.
Importantly, the project also includes the addition of a 500-stall parking lot to more comfortably accommodate the growing number of people seeking services at the hospital, as well as a second water line to build redundancy into the hospital’s water supply.
“This project is so important for the future of health care in Central Oregon,” said Joe Sluka, president and CEO of St. Charles Health System. “We’re moving forward with a plan that will ensure we can continue to meet our patients’ needs well into the next century.”
The new patient tower is scheduled to open in May 2019.
St. Charles is experiencing capacity issues due partly to population growth and also because the health system has recruited more specialists in recent years that provide a higher level of complex care requiring intensive care hospital stays post-surgery.