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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tower project?

The tower is a three-story building that will connect via skybridge to the northern side of the St. Charles Bend hospital.

  • The lower level will be shelled out and developed at a future time.
  • Level one will house a state-of-the-art, 24-bed Intensive Care Unit, or ICU.
  • Level two will house 28 new inpatient beds.

Additionally, the project included the addition of 300 new parking spaces and the installation of a second water line to the hospital.

How much does the project cost?

The total cost of the project is $66 million, and is being financed by a combination of bonds and $10 million in donations from the community.

Why do we need this new building?

Simply put, our community is growing and we’re running out of space. Deschutes County is the third fastest growing county in the nation and the population here is expected to double in the next 50 years. As a result, our Bend hospital is often at capacity, with nine out of 10 beds occupied most days. Last year, the Bend ICU transferred 93 patients out of Central Oregon for lack of beds.

What are some important features of the tower?

One of the most dramatic improvements will be the size and design of the new ICU rooms. Built in 1991, our current ICU rooms only have limited space for equipment. By today’s standards, our ICU rooms are 44 percent smaller than they should be.

Inspired by a “neighborhoods of care” concept to help create efficiencies and improve collaboration, the tower will also feature medication spaces, open hallways, family waiting areas, a kitchenette, a kids play area, equipment storage and more.

Are we hiring more caregivers to staff this addition?

Yes. Our recruiting team has begun its efforts to hire about 75 new caregivers, including nurses, physicians and other support staff.

When will the tower open?

The tower is tentatively scheduled to open May 19, 2019.

What else should I know?

The addition of the tower will significantly impact workflows. We’re identifying those workflows and developing the necessary education to ensure our caregivers feel prepared.