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DHS news release

August 31, 2006


General contact: Bonnie Widerburg, 971-673-1282
Technical contact: Jana Fussell, 971-673-1108

State grants certificate of need to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center for replacement hospital in north Eugene


The Oregon Department of Human Services today issued a proposed order to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center granting a certificate of need for a 148-bed general acute care hospital to be located at the Eugene site now occupied by the River Ridge Golf Complex, north of Ayres Road on the west side of North Delta Highway.

This facility would replace McKenzie-Willamette's current hospital, located in Springfield and licensed for 114 beds. The capital expenditure for this project is estimated to be approximately $234 million.

Project approval is contingent on two conditions: McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center must obtain all zoning and land use approvals necessary to operate the hospital at this location, and no inpatient hospital services will continue to be provided at the Springfield site once the new hospital is licensed.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed order may request the DHS Public Health Division to hold an informal hearing. If no request for a hearing is received by Sept. 11, 2006, the proposed order will automatically become final.

DHS began review of McKenzie-Willamette's request for a certificate of need on June 3 after its application was found to be complete.

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