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DHS news release

June 1, 2006


Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738
Technical contact: Jana Fussell (971) 673-1108

DHS approves development of free-standing hospice in Beaverton

A Wilsonville-based company has been granted approval to proceed with plans for a free-standing inpatient hospice facility in Beaverton under a proposed certificate-of-need order issued today by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

The facility at 7100 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road would have 13 inpatient and respite rooms for the care of terminally ill patients. It would be Oregon's third free-standing inpatient hospice for patients; the other two are in Bend and Portland.

DHS is the state agency charged with reviewing proposals for hospital and nursing facilities to ensure health-care consumers don't pay for the cost of unnecessary facilities.

Signature Hospice is part of Avamere Health Services, which has facilities and services in 30 Oregon and Washington communities. Under state law, the company was required to seek DHS approval because the project creates a new hospital.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to it may ask DHS to hold an informal hearing. If no request is received by June 12, 2006, the proposed order will automatically become final. For further information about this project, contact Jana Fussell, DHS certificate of need coordinator, at (971) 673-1108.