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Medical center poised to expand outpatient services

Construction on new office facility at Mount Hood campus set to begin in late July or August

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: DODGE & BURN STUDIOS - Present for official ground breaking ceremonies Thursday, June 26, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center were (left to right) Chaplain Alice Tate; Gretchen Nichols, Legacy Mount Hood Chief Administrative Officer; Alison Hart, Gresham Chamber CEO; Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson; Dr. Mike Newcomb, Legacy Health Chief Operating Officer; Robert Cornie, Legacy Health board member; Dr. Harald Schoeppner, Legacy Health Medical Director, Gastroenterology; Michael Patrick, Chairman, Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation; and Brian Trickel, Legacy Mount Hood Director, Surgical Services.

Officials with Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, business leaders and other dignitaries braved the weather Thursday, June 26, to officially turn dirt on a site that will become home to a new three-story medical office facility.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in late July or early August for a 68,000-square-foot medical services building, which will house specialty practices and outpatient surgery.

“This capital building project reflects Legacy’s commitment to providing comprehensive and quality health care services for people who live and work in our East County communities,” said Gretchen Nichols, chief administrative officer. “Investing in facility infrastructure and expanding capacity to deliver health services and treatment close to where people live and work, means we can effectively meet our community’s evolving needs for health services.”

The main level of the facility will feature an endoscopy center, outpatient surgery suites and outpatient lab services. The second level will hold clinical offices for Legacy Medical Group’s specialty practices, while the third floor will be reserved for future expansion.

Construction costs for the building are expected to be $27 million. The Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved raising $500,000 for the project over a three-year campaign beginning in January 2015. Completion of the building is targeted for early 2016.

For more information, visit legacyhealth.org.

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