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 (architect’s rendition above) will have private patient rooms, larger birthing rooms, increased outpatient capacity and a bigger emergency room. It will also have space for physical and occupational therapy, laboratory and radiology, as well as an expanded surgery department. 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 Columbia Valley Community Health Clinic.
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 Lake Chelan Health & Wellness 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.