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DHS news release

June 2, 2006

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


State will complete review of need for new Eugene hospital by Aug. 31

The Oregon Department of Human Services has begun its review of a McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center request for a state certificate of need to build a hospital in north Eugene.

Springfield-based McKenzie-Willamette is seeking state approval to build a 148-bed acute care hospital on the current site of RiverRidge golf course, located north of Ayres Road on the west side of North Delta Highway.

State law charges DHS officials with reviewing proposals for new hospital and nursing facilities to ensure health-care consumers don't pay for the cost of unnecessary facilities.

Jana Fussell, DHS certificate of need coordinator, said the application was found to be complete and that a proposed decision about the need for the hospital project would be issued no later than Aug. 31, 2006. The agency will conduct a Eugene-area public meeting before issuing its decision, she said.

Anyone with a vested interest in the outcome of the DHS decision may request affected party status. Such persons will receive copies of relevant correspondence, may testify at or request a public meeting on the issue prior to a decision if the request is made at a reasonable time, and may be a party to any future contested case hearing.

DHS will make a copy of the application available for public inspection during normal business hours in suite 930 of the Portland State Office Building at 800 N.E. Oregon St. Persons wishing further information may contact Jana Fussell at (971) 673-1108.