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DHS news release

October 27, 2006

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

DHS begins review of Kaiser Foundation certificate of need application to build a hospital in Hillsboro

The Oregon Department of Human Services is beginning to review a Kaiser Foundation Hospitals application for a state certificate of need to build a hospital in Hillsboro.

The application is for a 138-bed general acute care hospital to be built at 19350 NW Evergreen Parkway in Hillsboro. The property is owned by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals of the Northwest and is the current location of the Kaiser Sunset Medical Office Building.

Jana Fussell, DHS Certificate of Need Coordinator, said a proposed decision as to the need for this project will be issued no later than Jan. 25, 2007.

Anyone who has a vested interest in the outcome of the DHS decision may request affected party status. Anyone designated as an affected person 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 inspection during normal business hours at 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930 in Portland. For further information, please contact Jana Fussell at 971-673-1108.

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.