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Legacy completes construction of new emergency department for Silverton Medical Center

March 14, 2024

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Legacy Health completed the first phase of a $37 million expansion and improvement project at Legacy Silverton Medical Center, fulfilling its promise to improve health care services for the City of Silverton and surrounding communities.

In this redesign phase, Legacy added 21,000 square feet to the facility, expanded and modernized the emergency department and completely redesigned the hospital entrance and patient drop off area. The hospital expects to open the emergency department to patients in February.

"Providing high-quality health care has been our top priority at Legacy Silverton Medical Center for decades," said Joe Yoder, president of the hospital. "The award-winning care our teams provide is why Legacy Silverton consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Oregon for patient satisfaction. This construction project positions us well both now and into the future as we look to ensure patients in the mid-Willamette Valley can access world-class healthcare services close to home."

The new emergency department expanded from 12 to 20 spacious, modernized patient rooms to provide a full range of capabilities, including a trauma treatment bay to expanded rooms designed to care for trauma and cardiac patients

The emergency department will also have patient rooms with ample space to accommodate women's services. The new emergency department will include airborne isolation patient rooms and space optimized for natural light with windows that bring soothing views of nature.
Silverton Hospital and Legacy Health came together in 2016 with a shared vision and mission of improving access to healthcare services and a dedication to community health. At the time, Legacy Health pledged $58 million in improvements to focus on three key areas: physician recruitment, equipment upgrades and a new modernized medical facility.

Along with the upgrades to the emergency department, the new hospital entrance includes a covered drop-off and pick-up zone to shield patients and their families from the weather as they enter the facility.

The Silverton Family Birth Center gained a new family waiting room, providing a calming and comfortable place for expectant families awaiting their new arrival.

A new helicopter landing pad will allow air ambulances to safely land and transport critically ill patients and babies. Patients requiring access to higher-acuity hospitals, such as Legacy Emanuel Medical Center or Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, can be transported from a new helipad located directly across the street from Legacy Silverton hospital.

The expansion of Legacy Silverton was made possible, in part, due to the generous support of foundation, corporate and individual community donors and the Silverton Health Foundation Board.

Legacy is working on phase II plans to meet the long-term goal of continuing to serve the community and grow healthcare services in the area.

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