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Adventist dedicates new pavilion

LEE PERLMAN
THE MID-COUNTY MEMO

Tom Russell, Adventist Medical Chief Executive Officer, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of AMC’s Pavilion, housing the Northwest Regional Heart Center, an expanded emergency department, improved access and expanded space for radiation oncology patients, additional office space and a parking garage.
The new Adventist Medical Center Pavilion expanded emergency department will be able to service even more patients than the nearly 46,000 that visit the facility every year.
A few excused absences and a drenching downpour didn’t dampen the grand opening of Adventist Medical Center’s new pavilion last month. The four-story 180,000-square-foot structure in the middle of the medical center campus includes new facilities that double the size of its existing emergency department, 34 more emergency care beds, a new Northwest Regional Heart Center with state-of-the-art equipment, new oncology facilities and two new operating rooms. Immediately adjacent is a new parking garage with 403 spaces, positioned to provide a very short walking distance to treatment facilities.

Dr. Jonathan Jui, Director of Multnomah County Emergency Medical Services, said he was delighted with the expanded emergency facilities, and that the facilities previously in use were too small. He also said that Adventist led Portland area hospitals in the area of disaster preparedness.

Andy Davidson, president of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and State Representative Jefferson Smith were scheduled to speak at the event but sent their regrets from Salem, where they were working on legislation to expand state health care coverage. “We can’t afford to let another generation go underinsured and untreated,” Smith wrote in a message that congratulated Adventist on its new building.

Adventist CEO Tom Russell noted that the hospital had broken ground on the project in 2007 and that despite a shipment of steel being delayed two months, Anderson Construction finished the job on time and under budget. Russell noted that the structure is designed primarily as an outpatient facility as part of an emphasis on keeping medical costs down.

Another consideration was to provide for the comfort and well-being of patients and their families. Emergency examining rooms are large enough to admit family members. A resource center provides computerized information for patients and visitors. X-rays can be projected onto an oversized screen to allow doctors to show patients and family problem areas. There are on-premises offices for representatives of the American Cancer Society. One person, having just taken a tour of the patient facilities and waiting areas, remarked, “It’s more like a hotel than an institution.” Portland Adventist Medical Center is at 10123 S.E. Market St. for more information visit www.adventisthealthnw.com.
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