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For the third time in 12 years, St. Charles Bend has completed a major addition that will improve patient flow throughout the hospital by adding beds and increasing patient capacity.
Our new tower opened on May 19, 2019. Inside is a 24-bed Intensive Care Unit and a 28-bed Progressive Care Unit, plus more than 20,000 square feet of usable space for future development to be determined by future needs. The new tower is located north of the existing ICU and stands three stories tall.
Approved by the St. Charles Health System Board of Directors in 2016, the $66 million project also includes a second water line to build redundancy into the hospital’s water supply, as well as a new 500-stall parking lot to accommodate the growing number of people seeking services at St. Charles Bend. Skanska and NBBJ Architects designed and built the tower.
“This project was so important for the future of health care in Central Oregon,” said Joe Sluka, president and CEO of St. Charles Health System. “This plan ensures we can continue to meet our patients’ needs well into the next century.”
All of us at St. Charles are grateful for the backing of our community, which donated about $5 million to help fund the project. Over the past century, every time the health system has expanded, the community has provided some of the financial resources needed to support that growth.