St. Charles La Pine clinic opening delayed to April 2018

Foundation still raising funds in community

BEND, Ore. - St. Charles Family Care in La Pine, initially expected to open this fall, has been pushed back to April 2018 "due to unanticipated changes to the scope and impact of site improvements and infrastructure upgrades, " St. Charles Health Systems announced Thursday.

Road, utility and site preparation work will begin in March, officials said, and structural work will begin shortly thereafte. 

“We’re very excited to break ground on the clinic this spring,” said John Weinsheim, president of St. Charles Medical Group. “This clinic, which will provide primary care, immediate care, radiology, lab, occupational and specialty services, will be a medical home to South County residents.”

St. Charles Medical Group has begun recruiting for primary care physicians, with the goal of having them hired in time to allow for training in clinical systems, patient flow and St. Charles’ new electronic health record (EHR) system, Epic.

St. Charles Foundation is also continuing to work toward its campaign goal of $1.5 million to build the clinic officials said. To date, the foundation has received $900,000 in cash and pledges from individuals, foundations and businesses who want to see expanded health care in the south county area.

“The Central Oregon community is generously making this much-needed clinic a reality,” said Corinne Martinez, capital campaign co-chair. “Our team of dedicated volunteers will continue raising money throughout 2017 to support this vital project. We’re looking forward to introducing prospective caregivers to our wonderful community.”

St. Charles spokeswoman Lisa Goodman said the continued fund-raising campaign is not tied to the delay.

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About St. Charles Health System
St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras, Redmond and Prineville. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,800 caregivers. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.

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