OMC eyeing expansion through 2018

Sequim Gazette staff

Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis updated the Board of Commissioners and the public Aug. 7 on an ambitious plan for 2014-2018 to upgrade its campuses. The strategic plan calls for a focus on expanding the emergency department, which had been put on hold during the recession, clinic space for Port Angeles physicians and Sequim surgery and endoscopy space.


The ER expansion is a modest one — $323,000 to increase ER beds from 11 to 14 by October — rather than an earlier, expansive proposal that was estimated to cost $10 million. Lewis said the latter will remain on hold for a few years.


To make the best use of the space the current remodeling project will provide, OMC is working on ways to reduce ER volume by recruiting more primary care physicians, encouraging patients to use the Sequim Walk-in Clinic, now with nine exam rooms, continuing support of the free clinics: Dungeness Health & Wellness Clinic and Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, and helping to fund Peninsula Behavioral Health’s proposed respite center.


Also in the five-year capital expansion plan are potentially adding a “Women and Children” unit with 12 beds, bringing OMC’s total inpatient bed capacity to 90; upgrading boilers and chillers and adding a second electrical feed to the hospital; and remodeling the first floor lobby and hallways.


Plans for the Port Angeles campus in 2014 include building about 25,000 square feet in medical office space next to the hospital for roughly $8 million on land currently owned by OMC and improving the Primary Clinic at Eighth and Vine streets.


For Sequim in 2014, it’s proposed to construct surgery offices and a surgery/endoscopy center of about 18,000 square feet, costing approximately another $8 million. Other possibilities are adding chemotherapy and pharmacy space at Olympic Medical Cancer Center and more remodeling at Sequim Medical Plaza.


Financial feasibility studies and community needs assessments are in process for these proposed projects and no final board approval has occurred yet.


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