St. Anthony Hospital gets approval to build a new replacement hospital in Pendleton
Monday, June 27, 2011
For more information, contact: Larry Blanc
St. Anthony announced that it has received approval from CHI (Catholic Health Initiatives) in Denver, Colorado to build a critical access hospital, same bed capacity as current hospital, in Pendleton to provide health care services to Pendleton and surrounding communities. The hospital will be built on the 93 acre site across the highway from Les Schwab Tires in Pendleton's Southgate.
For several years St. Anthony Hospital has been conducting studies regarding expansion at the current site and found them very expensive and not addressing any growth for the future. The current hospital is bordered by a state highway and the railroad tracks not permitting future growth.
Special thanks to Joseph Wilczek, Senior Vice President CHI and President of Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington, for his strong support and persistent advocacy for this project. Others involved in assisting St. Anthony Hospital to reach this critical juncture include: the St. Anthony Hospital Board of Trustees, Project Managers Joseph Kunkel with The Healthcare Collaborative Group, and Chris Kirk with Kirk and Associates and members of our community.
As the building moves forward St. Anthony Hospital looks forward to including the community in the process.