On April 25, 2017, hospital district residents voted to approve a bond to help fund construction of a new hospital facility in Chelan. The new building will have private patient rooms, larger birthing rooms, increased outpatient capacity and a bigger emergency room. It will also have space for rehabilitative therapy, laboratory and radiology, as well as an expanded surgery department and a helicopter pad for emergency transfers. The fully ADA accessible hospital will be designed for cost effectiveness.
The new building will be built on hospital-owned property at Chelan Apple Blossom Drive, near Wal-Mart, across from the new Columbia Valley Community Health Clinic construction.
The cost of the construction project is $44.5 million. Voters voted to pay $20 million. The remaining costs will be funded by the hospital, grants and the LCCH Foundation.
The hospital Board of Commissioners and administration worked with outside financial and healthcare consultants to explore facility options. Multiple community meetings were held to gather input in 2016 and 2017. The building project is based on the results of those reports and meetings.
The project remains in the planning and permitting phase, with anticipated ground breaking in 2019 and occupancy in 2020. To access previous updates and a presentation to the LCCHC Board by architects CollinsWoerman, visit the project update page. We will continue to update thepage as new news is available.