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DHS news release

July 3, 2007

General contact:  Bonnie Widerburg, 971-673-1282

Program contact:  Jana Fussell, 971-673-1108

State approves relocation of nursing facility beds in Washington County


The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) today issued a proposed order to Avamere West Union Operations, LLC, granting a certificate of need for the relocation of 28 nursing facility beds from King City Rehabilitation Center, 16485 S.W. Pacific Highway, Tigard, to Avamere West Union Operations, LLC, doing business as Avamere at Bethany, 16360 N.W. Avamere Court, Portland. 


Both facilities are owned by Avamere Health Services and located in Washington County.  


King City Rehabilitation Center has 148 licensed nursing facility beds. Avamere at Bethany has no nursing facility beds, but currently operates an assisted living facility with 71 units and an Alzheimer’s unit with 26 beds. Under this proposal, the Alzheimer’s unit will be converted to a 28-bed skilled nursing facility unit. The King City facility will remain open and, as a result of this project, the physical environment for patients there will be enhanced. 


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 July 13, 2007, the proposed order will automatically become final. For further information about this project, please contact Jana Fussell, certificate of need coordinator, at 971-673-1108. 


Under state certificate of need law, Avamere West Union Operations, LLC, was required to seek state approval of this project because it involves the relocation of existing nursing facility beds. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.