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DHS news release

Oct. 20, 2006

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

State issues final order granting certificate of need to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center for replacement hospital in north Eugene

The Oregon Department of Human Services today issued a final order to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center granting a certificate of need for a 148-bed general acute care hospital to be located at the north Eugene site now occupied by the River Ridge Golf Complex.

This facility would replace McKenzie-Willamette's existing 114-bed facility at an estimated project cost of $234 million.

A proposed order granting the certificate of need was issued on Aug. 31, 2006. North Delta Neighbors, a local group, requested an informal hearing. It was held on Sept. 25, 2006, in Eugene and the hearing record was held open for written comments until Oct. 11. DHS administrative rules require that a final decision be rendered within 10 days of the informal hearing closing.

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 location once the new hospital is licensed.

This decision is subject to a reconsideration hearing pursuant to the provisions of ORS chapter 183 relating to a contested case. An applicant or an affected party has 60 days to request a hearing.

State law charges DHS officials with reviewing proposals for new hospitals and nursing facilities to ensure health-care consumers don't pay for facilities not justified by community needs.