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Replacing Oregon's State Psychiatric Hospital

Replacing the Oregon State Hospital is critical to growing a mental health system of care. To date, the hospital replacement team has enlisted expertise from renowned architectural, construction and engineering firms, including numerous subcontractors, to ensure that the project stays on time and delivers the best mental health facility for Oregonians.

In 2007, project team members and their consultants began working in earnest with OSH administrators, staff, patients, health care providers, a 40-member stakeholders group (representing current and former OSH patients, mental health advocates, city government, state policymakers, local historians, neighborhood associations, other state agencies, district attorneys, the governor's office, and department and hospital leadership) and other interested parties to guide the development of the new hospital. The team worked diligently to analyze the site's existing buildings, topography, environmental qualities, archaeological importance and parking and traffic conditions.

A number of meetings, including more than a dozen public hearings, were held to solicit input and receive feedback from interested parties. This work represented a huge investment in time, money and human effort.

OSH Replacement Project Contractors

The Oregon Health Authority has contracted with CH2MHill, Inc., an international engineering and construction firm for project management. CH2M-Hill was founded in 1946 in Corvallis and does business worldwide in engineering, consulting, construction and operations.

The project's architect-engineer is St. Louis-based Hellmuth,Obata and Kassabaum Inc., which was awarded a contract jointly with the Portland-based firm SRG Partnership. The companies are highly ranked nationally among comparable enterprises.

The general contractor is Hoffman Construction Co. Hoffman's past projects include Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver and the Oregon Health & Science University's Biomedical Research Building and Center for Health and Healing.

Fox Systems, Inc. is the Behavioral Health Integration Project's quality control and planning contractor. Fox is a recognized leader in providing high quality technical and management consulting services to public and private healthcare organizations. The company was instrumental in helping the Oregon Department of Human Services develop the business case for a new electronic health record.

Netsmart Technologies is the project's contractor to implement to implement the Avatar Electronic Health Record system for the new Oregon State Hospital. Netsmart has been in business for more than 30 years and specializes in providing software solutions for behavioral health service providers. Current customers include 35 state hospitals and facilities and numerous community service providers.