Wednesday, April 16, 2014

St. Charles Health System Breaks Ground on Prineville Campus

Cascade Business News podcast & article 4/15/2014

by Bill Mintiens


Expected to stimulate development in Crook County community leaders, St. Charles Health System personnel and residents of Prineville broke ground on the new St. Charles Prineville Campus on April 9. Under bright sunny skies twelve shovels ceremonially marked the start of construction on the $30 million hospital being built on the growing east side of the city. 
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Replacing the aging Pioneer Memorial Hospital north of downtown, the new facility is expected to take 16 months to build, opening during the summer of 2015.
 
The new hospital’s location, along with its new philosophy on healthcare, is expected to be a much-needed economic development shot in the arm for Prineville. 
 
Steve Forrester, Prineville’s city manager, understands the impact of the new hospital. “It’s been a lot of years of hard work and dedication to bring it to the point where we are now. If you look at the scope of development in Prineville, we have the data centers up on the hill next to the airport. But the intersection of Hwy 126 and Combs Flat road (site of the new hospital) is the busiest intersection in our community.”
 
Large and growing residential developments both south and north of the new hospital make the site very desirable for future commercial development. Add to this the 2015 opening of a new $18 million elementary school north of the hospital and the east side of Prineville is clearly primed for growth.
 
“Making this new hospital happen here brings city infrastructure out this way. We have a number of homes here that aren’t on city water or sewer, and this development is going to bridge that gap and make a big difference on this end of town,” added Forrester. 
 
Josh Smith, senior planner with City of Prineville, understands what it takes to develop a large-scale commercial project. “It (St. Charles Health System) was really the only large commercial developer capable of building the infrastructure that was needed for the eventual build-out of the rest of this site. There’s plenty of acreage here to expand in the future.”
 
Jeanie Gentry, the new CEO of Pioneer Memorial Hospital & St. Charles Madras, also understands the importance of the hospital to the local economy, which suffers from both high unemployment and poor health statistics. 
 
“We’re excited that this is the start of a new development here on the former Ochoco Lumber site, it has tremendous economic development opportunities and we’re proud to be able to lead-out on that for the community.”
 
The Prineville Campus’ philosophy on healthcare is going to be different, focusing on preventative care versus in-patient care.
 
“Healthcare is changing all the time and we we’ve got to change with it so that we can serve the people of Crook County. This new hospital is going to allow us to change our focus from in-patient sick care to out-patient well care, keeping people healthy,” added Gentry.
The new facility’s design will reflect a focus on wellness and prevention. 
 
“It’s (the hospital’s design) focused on primary care. It’s about how to create space in a team environment with practitioners, behavioralists, with nutritionists; to really be thinking consciously about how to keep people well and how to give them the tools and mindset to keep themselves well. This reflects the whole change that’s going on in healthcare and I think it’s very special that one of our smaller communities is taking this on and pioneering this effort,” said Michael Curtis, vice president healthcare of The Neenan Company, the design and build firm for the project.
The new hospital will encompass 62,000 square feet and will offer a wide range of patient, family and visitor services. Primary and specialty care clinics, an emergency department, lab, radiology, imaging and rehabilitation services are all part of the new facility.
 

stcharlesprineville1Dr. Laura Gratton, DO, medical director with the Mosaic Medical Prineville Clinic, is thrilled that the new hospital will be a huge upgrade from the present facility. “I feel we provide state-of-the-art medical care so now we’ll have a state-of-the-art facility to go along with it.”
 
In order to be more patient-focused individual physician’s offices have been eliminated in favor of central work and lounge spaces for the entire patient-care team. And there will actually be less in-patient space than in the existing Pioneer Memorial Hospital.
 
“Because our focus is going to be on preventative care the in-patient space is actually less than in the old hospital,” said Gentry.
 
Additional amenities will include a concierge-style patient greeting desk and a public area with a café, which may also be used for community events and gatherings.
 
Community leaders believe that the new hospital could be just “what the doctor ordered” in terms of new companies considering a move to Prineville.
 
“One of the things that we find is, when we have potential businesses coming to town, the first thing they ask about is healthcare and schools. We’re so excited about this project, it’s going to be a real boost to our economy!” said Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe. 
 
Crook County Judge Mike McCabe agrees. “We’ve looked into a number of businesses coming here and, of course, they always ask about schools, and then they want to know what kind of healthcare you have. With this new facility, and its emphasis on preventative care, I think we’re headed in the right direction for the community. It will certainly help us attract new businesses.”

Bob Gomes, former CEO of the Pioneer Memorial Hospital and now CEO with St. Charles Bend & Redmond, summed up the excitement of the groundbreaking event, “Healthcare is a big part of the Prineville community and for us to be able to break ground on this today and bring a new facility to Prineville – for me, personally, it means a lot – but for the community and patients that we serve it’s an exciting day.”

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tana Osborn

Until Heaven Then My Friend; Life's Journey For Your Beloved Dog


Tana Osborn, a Powell Butte Oregon resident, is a retired nurse and new author of a book called "Until Heaven Then My Friend: Life's Journey For Your Beloved Dog." Host Bill Mintiens talks with Osborn about why she wrote the book, how she dealt with her own grief about the loss of her dogs, and why she believes that all dogs go to heaven. Total running time: 7:30

Tana Osborn with Boots and Socks


Monday, February 17, 2014

Chris Gannon

Helping Native Fish Return After 100 Years

Chris Gannon is the Director of the Crooked River Watershed Council. This past fall Chris and his team helped Chinook salmon and Middle Columbia steelhead get closer to their native spawning grounds on the upper Crooked River by removing the 100+ year old Stearns Dam. An impressive collaboration among government agencies, the landowner, and environmental groups over a ten year period, the Watershed Council shepherded this project to it's completion this past December.


Chris Gannon in his Crooked River Watershed Council office

Listen to this four minute radio interview with Chris and you'll hear the passion and commitment that all the partners had for this project.


And, after listening to the radio piece, if you'd like to view the 17-minute video documentary that the Watershed Council had filmed about the dam removal (by Jakie Spring Media LLC, Prineville) simply click on the link below. You'll open the Crooked River Watershed Council's web site where you can click on the link "Stearns Dam Removal Project." Crooked River Watershed Council

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Karisa Merrill

Crook County Hero - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Karisa Merrill is a senior at Crook County High School in Prineville Oregon - and this month's Crook County Hero. Listen to this 8-minute podcast and you'll hear why Karisa is such an inspiration at school and in the community.


Karisa Merrill

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mariah Cannon

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Mariah Cannon is a 6th grade home-schooled student in Prineville Oregon. Mariah decided to help children across the U.S. (and her community) this past holiday season - and now her passion is fueling a desire to help people worldwide. Listen to this 5-minute podcast (recorded at Eastside Foursquare Church) and see if Mariah inspires you to reach out in some special way.
Mariah Cannon in the nursery at Eastside Foursquare Church
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Monday, January 20, 2014

John Allen

Family Man and Mentor

John Allen is a long time resident of Prineville, Production Manager at Contact Industries, and the Youth Pastor at Eastside Foursquare Church. Listen to this 9-minute podcast and learn how Contact Industries survived the housing crash; and how John's faith and passion for youth guides his journey.

John Allen in his office at Eastside Foursquare Church




Monday, December 30, 2013

Joe Floyd

Business Owner, Patriarch, and a Straight Shooter


Joe Floyd is the owner and patriarch of Joe Floyd & Sons Inc., a family-owned and operated precast concrete manufacturing business right here in Prineville Oregon. A straight shooter, Joe has built several businesses from the ground up - all the while keeping what’s most important front and center – his family and his values. Candid and frank, Joe reveals what it takes to start, run, and grow a family-oriented business. Total listening time is 25 minutes.

(l to r) Jason Floyd, Loni Shields, Mike Shields, Joe Floyd