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DHS news release

June 30, 2004

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

State Approves Relocation of Lake Oswego Nursing Facility Beds

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) today issued a proposed order to Avamere Lake Oswego Operations LLC, granting a certificate of need for the relocation of 29 nursing facility beds from Clackamas Rehabilitation & Specialty Care to a new facility, the Lake Oswego Health Center.

It will be located in Lake Oswego and will include a 47-bed dementia and Alzheimer’s section that will be licensed as a residential care facility. The relocated nursing beds will be licensed separately as a nursing facility. Clackamas Rehabilitation & Specialty Care will continue in operation.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed order may request DHS to hold an informal hearing. If no request for a hearing is received by July 12, 2004, the proposed order will automatically become final. For further information about this project, contact Jana Fussell, certificate of need coordinator in DHS, at (503) 731-4320.

Under state certificate of need law, Avamere Lake Oswego Operations LLC is required to seek state approval for this project because it involves the relocation of existing nursing facility beds. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.