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Construction to begin on Emanuel OR/ICU replacement and expansion

December 2016

After careful consideration, in November the Legacy Board of Directors approved the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center OR/ICU replacement and expansion project. The $210 million project includes a new four-level building with parking for 100 cars on the Kerby Street lot, adjacent to the current operating rooms. 

Key drivers for the project include physical and functional limitations of the current space, as well as expanded and new clinical programs at Legacy Emanuel, including open heart surgery, advanced and interventional cardiology, ECMO, hyperbaric oxygen chamber and the comprehensive stroke center. 

Features of the OR/ICU project

  • Large OR suites with standardized equipment 
  • Robust electronic perioperative tracking system 
  • Completely separate patient flow design from admission, pre-procedure preparation, intra-op, PACU, and post-procedure recovery and discharge for true ambulatory surgical patients
  • Redesign for better process flow and closer proximity for pediatric surgical patient population 
  • Spacious, bright and comfortable family waiting areas
  • New cardiovascular ICU, step-down ICU and Legacy Oregon Burn Center beds. The current Legacy Oregon Burn Center building will be torn down to make space for the new Pediatric Ambulatory Center
  • Three MRIs, which all accommodate anesthetized patients, with separate inpatient/outpatient flows
  • An appropriately sized Central Sterile Processing Unit
  • 100 grade-level parking spaces in a building with central elevators that will carry patients and families to the pre-surgery admitting area or to the ICU lobby area

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 and the project completed in 2019-2020. 


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