Construction resumed

On April 21, 2020, Central Coast Excavating has resumed demolition of the original hospital, built in 1953. This is the first step in Phase 3, the final phase, of the new hospital project. The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2020.

Original story dated 3/27/2020

Construction temporarily paused

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, The Neenan Company made the decision to temporarily pause Phase 3 of the new hospital construction. The Neenan Company is the Archistruction firm hired to design and build Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

“The COVID-19 pandemic presents a growing threat to public health. Based on the information we received from various authorities, we have made the decision to temporarily pause jobsite operations on the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital project until further notice,” said David Shigekane, president of The Neenan Company. “We will have designated staff on site to monitor the jobsite for safety and security measures.  There are no easy decisions in times like these, however, given the severity of this public health crisis, we know this is the right thing to do. Our number one priority is the health of the involved project teams and community. We will work closely with Pacific Communities Health District and the community to reopen the jobsite and return to work when it is safe.”

Phase 3 includes demolition of the original, single story hospital built in 1953, the completion of the main entrance into the Galleria lobby, and the creation of additional parking, landscaping and the healing garden.  Phase two, the remodel of the two-story building erected in 1989, is complete. This building houses Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Oncology and Infusion, Wound Care, the Laboratory, the Pharmacy, Administration, and the Yaquina Bay Café. Once this crisis ends, we hope you will have an opportunity to visit this beautiful facility. In the meantime, the additional space provides us with flexibility during this crisis should we experience a surge in patients.

We will continue to post updates regarding construction as they become available.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, The Neenan Company made the decision to temporarily pause Phase 3 of the new hospital construction. The Neenan Company is the Archistruction firm hired to design and build Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

“The COVID-19 pandemic presents a growing threat to public health. Based on the information we received from various authorities, we have made the decision to temporarily pause jobsite operations on the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital project until further notice,” said David Shigekane, president of The Neenan Company. “We will have designated staff on site to monitor the jobsite for safety and security measures.  There are no easy decisions in times like these, however, given the severity of this public health crisis, we know this is the right thing to do. Our number one priority is the health of the involved project teams and community. We will work closely with Pacific Communities Health District and the community to reopen the jobsite and return to work when it is safe.”

Phase 3 includes demolition of the original, single story hospital built in 1953, the completion of the main entrance into the Galleria lobby, and the creation of additional parking, landscaping and the healing garden.  Phase two, the remodel of the two-story building erected in 1989, is complete. This building houses Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Oncology and Infusion, Wound Care, the Laboratory, the Pharmacy, Administration, and the Yaquina Bay Café. Once this crisis ends, we hope you will have an opportunity to visit this beautiful facility. In the meantime, the additional space provides us with flexibility during this crisis should we experience a surge in patients.

We will continue to post updates regarding construction as they become available.

Stay informed

As you have most likely heard, a Lincoln County resident tested positive for COVID-19 in a hospital outside of our area. For more details, watch this video featuring Lincoln County officials, including David Long, MD, who is also a Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital clinician. https://youtu.be/5aTUh1BAMc0

To date, we have tested 120 people in the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital service area, 51 have come back negative and we are awaiting the results of the remaining 69. While we are hoping for the best, we continue to plan for a surge in COVID-19 cases. For more information about testing in our service area and related topics, please visit https://www.samhealth.org/health-services/coronavirus-information.

You can also read the Interview with me, Lesley Ogden, MD, CEO of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital at https://www.newportnewstimes.com/article/hospitals-prepare-for-potential-surge

Please stay safe and stay home!

Sincerely,

 

Lesley Ogden, MD, CEO


Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital

 

Ralph Breitenstein, MD


Chair, Pacific Communities Health District