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News Release: The Neenan Company delivers integrated medical campus in Newport, Ore.


Jan. 20, 2021

The Neenan Company delivers integrated medical campus with completion of 126,000-square-foot Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital project

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Neenan Company has delivered the largest health care project, by budget, in the company’s more than 50-year history after completing construction on the redevelopment of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) in Newport, Oregon. The Neenan Company served as the lead architect and general contractor to remodel 40,000 square feet of the existing facility and construct an 86,000-square-foot, three-story addition.

The project included significant facility upgrades and expansion of the hospital’s health care services. The hospital was established in 1952 and last updated in 1988, so this three-year project, which concluded this past winter, has made a dramatic impact on the quality and accessibility of 21st century health care for coastal Oregonians. The end result of this project is an integrated medical campus that brings together specialty departments, ancillary services and outpatient clinics. With 22 departments and new services – like imaging, therapy, surgical and emergency care – the medical facility is designed to provide high-quality care for decades to come.

“We cannot express the pride and appreciation we have for our community members for funding this project and for their interest in improving the health care experience in Newport and surrounding communities,” said Lesley Ogden, MD, chief executive officer of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. “We’ve spent the better part of six years planning for this project, so it is with great excitement and joy that we celebrate the completion of this world-class facility and what it means for the future of health care in Newport.”

The new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital provides tools and resources to improve the delivery of health care to the central Oregon coast region. Among the hospital’s new features are larger patient rooms with scenic ocean and bay views, efficient and maximized workspace for care providers, upgraded equipment, state-of-the-art procedure rooms, and a sweeping, windowed galleria joining to the original hospital structure.

This project was made possible thanks to the support of Pacific Communities Health District voters, who approved a $57 million bond measure in 2015 to build a new three-story facility and to renovate the current two-story brick structure. Samaritan Health Services committed an additional $10 million in new medical equipment and furnishings, and the community contributed an additional $1 million for equipment and art through donations to the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation. The project was also awarded a $1.5 million seismic rehabilitation grant from Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.

After more than two years of planning and research in collaboration with Samaritan Health Services and Pacific Communities Health District, The Neenan Company broke ground on the project in May 2017, implementing its collaborative, multi-disciplinary process known as archistruction to centralize the work of engineers, architects, designers, project managers, contractors, subcontractors and tradespeople. Partnering with local construction firm Gerding Builders and more than 50 other subcontractors and vendors, this approach proved essential for the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital project to streamline complexities, create efficiencies and smooth points of project transition to ensure hospital operations could continue without interruption or risk to patient safety throughout the project’s three-year construction lifecycle.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see this project come to life, and to see the many improvements we were able to make, which will enable Samaritan Health Services to deliver a high standard of care,” said David Shigekane, president of The Neenan Company. “We’ve been working with Samaritan and the Health District hand-in-hand for the entire length of this project. We are proud of the partnership and the resulting world-class facility, which we have no doubt will enhance the Newport community and benefit Oregonians for generations to come.”

Visit samhealth.org/NewHospitalNewport to view video tours of the new hospital and a virtual appreciation to the community.

About Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital:
Established in 1952, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, located in Newport, Oregon, is a community-based, 25-bed critical access hospital, which serves residents and visitors of Depoe Bay, Newport, Toledo, Waldport and Yachats. Offering a wide range of inpatient, outpatient and clinic services, the hospital is part of Samaritan Health Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, clinics and medical services caring for more than 250,000 residents in the mid-Willamette Valley and central Oregon Coast. Visit samhealth.org for more information.

About The Neenan Company:
The Neenan Company strengthens and builds communities across the country with an integrated and entrepreneurial approach to design, construction and development projects. The Colorado-based firm, founded in 1966, is a pioneer of the design-build model specializing in creating commercial, education, healthcare and government facilities that generate economic vitality and inspire people to be well, to learn and to lead. More information is available at www.neenan.com.

About Gerding Buildings:
Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, Gerding Builders is an employee-owned company, maintaining a 54-year history of benefiting communities by building top-quality medical facilities, schools, affordable housing and commercial projects throughout the Coastal Region and the Mid-Willamette Valley. Gerding Builders has teamed with Samaritan Health Services on a variety of projects locally, having constructed the Samaritan Waldport Clinic and Samaritan Pacific Communities MRI and the remodel of the dialysis center and the SamFit gym and fitness center in Newport. Gerding Builders strives to bring value to the Newport community.


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Courtney Lee
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