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DHS news release

Feb. 5, 2004

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180
Technical contact: Jana Fussell (503) 731-4320

State Approves Development of Freestanding Hospice in Sandy

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Thursday issued a proposed order to Mt. Hood Hospice granting a certificate of need to develop a freestanding hospice facility in Sandy.

The facility would have six patient rooms for inpatient and respite care of terminally ill patients. This would be the third facility of its type in Oregon to be licensed as a freestanding hospice facility; the other two are in Bend and Portland.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed order may ask DHS to hold an informal hearing. If no request for a hearing is received by Feb. 16, the proposed order will automatically become final. For further information about this project, please contact Jana Fussell, certificate of need coordinator, in DHS at (503) 731-4320.

Under state certificate of need law, Mt. Hood Hospice was required to seek state approval because the project creates a new hospital. The law’s purpose is to see that health services are adequately distributed around the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.