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Bay Park welcomes patients, St. Charles celebrates 50 years
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 16:28

What a difference a decade has made, especially when it comes to health care services available in Oregon and surrounding communities.

In the last 10 years, Oregon saw the number of full-service hospitals in the community double. 

In the 2001 issue of The Press’ annual Progress issue, a full-page ad told the story of a new hospital that would open in the fall. The “state-of-the-art” 70-bed hospital, under construction on approximately 50 acres at Brown and Wheeling roads west of I-280, would include physician offices, a treatment and diagnostic center that would offer such services as obstetrics, pediatrics, short-stay surgery, laboratory and x-ray services. The hospital would also include a full-service emergency center. The hospital campus was to include a park-like atmosphere complete with 2,000 trees, walking paths and two ponds.

Total Rehab, which opened in the Bay Park Professional Office Building on the hospital campus in 2000, was already offering a variety of rehabilitation services, including PT, OT and speech therapy.

On Oct. 28 of that year, Bay Park Community Hospital held a grand opening attended by more than 8,000 area residents anxious to get a look at the $84 million facility. The hospital opened to patients Nov. 4, 2001.

And just as Bay Park was wrapping up its first year of operation, St. Charles Mercy Hospital (now called Mercy St. Charles), was preparing to celebrate 50 years of fulfilling its mission of providing quality health care, while at the same time seeking out the poor and underserved.

Other projects - Visitor center a popular draw at wildlife refuge
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 16:30

An increase in the number of people making their way to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is generally credited to the opening in May, 2007 of a new visitor center.

“In 2009, 23,241 visitors came to the visitor center.  Overall visitation to the refuge went from 137,738 in 2006 to 176,000 in 2009,” said Rebecca Hinkle, Visitor Services Manager. “We give much of the credit to the increased visibility provided by the visitor center.  Another wonderful benefit is the number of field trips.  While the goal of a field trip to the refuge is always to get outside, the building has allowed us to provide more services to the schools.  Visitors to the center enjoy the exhibits, the model hunt lodge is always attractive to the adults and the kids love the interactive muskrat lodge exhibits. “

The center, which cost approximately $3.6 million, covers about 12,000 square feet and features a common area, bookstore, multi-purpose room, a theater, and elevated observation deck.

Recycled materials are prominent in the construction of the three-level facility, which was designed by SEH, Inc., a Minneapolis, Minn. architectural firm.

The floor of the common area is made of a composite of a linseed oil-based linoleum and ground cork. Recycled materials have also been used in the carpeting, ceramic tile, and decking.

Ottawa County - New transit board facility plans on track
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 16:27

The Ottawa County Transit Board has hired Bodner & Kerik Architects to design a new vehicle storage facility that is receiving federal stimulus funding.

Bill Lowe, director of the Ottawa County Transportation Agency, said contract bids for the 28,500-square-foot facility could be opened by July, 2010.

He said design plans will cost $350,000 and construction will be $3.5 million.

In addition, the transit board is receiving $75,000 in stimulus funding for scheduling/dispatching software; $510,000 for five 35-foot buses, and $158,059 for vehicle maintenance.

The storage facility will be constructed at the OCTA parking lot off N. Toussaint South Road near Oak Harbor and will incorporate energy-efficient systems in its construction, Mr. Lowe said, including wind turbine and solar power, and geothermal underfloor heating.

“We are creating a sustainable, energy-efficient facility that will operate with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification,” he said. “We want to have a facility that is less expensive to operate than it currently is and eats up as little as possible of our operating revenue.”

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