LA GRANDE – Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics have begun work on an exciting new construction project on the hospital campus. At approximately 98,000 square feet, the building’s main function is to house new operating rooms that must be built.
This new surgical services space will provide greater privacy and satisfaction for GRH patients. It will allow us to bring all surgical services together: patient check-in and pre-op, waiting rooms, operating and procedure rooms, and post-op recovery; as well as space for those departments that support surgical services and needs. We believe this facility will positively impact the future growth and economic stability of Union County.
Due to the scope and magnitude of a project of this size, beginning June 20, the City of La Grande has approved rerouting vehicle and pedestrian access for the portion of Sunset Drive that runs in front of our property between the corners of H and K avenues. This will not adversely impact emergency or patient access to the main ER or hospital entrance or impact patient access to GRH clinics on the south campus, as shown on the enclosed reroute map.
Because our primary concern is the health and safety of our community, there will be no throughway for vehicles or pedestrians along Sunset Drive between H and K avenues during the construction phase of approximately two years.
GRH has worked to anticipate and consider every impact this expansion project may have on our community, and specifically those that potentially impact our immediate neighbors. They reached out to those property owners directly adjacent and closest to the GRH campus. On May 27 they mailed them a detailed packet of information and an invitation to meet with President and CEO Jeremy Davis to discuss any concerns or questions.
In addition, their leadership has been working with local government, emergency and
community partners to develop alternatives and mitigate any inconvenience to the public. To that end, we have also worked with the La Grande School District to ensure community access to the pedestrian walking path that was installed on the west side of the School’s new track and runs across their property between H and K avenues.
Vehicle traffic will be rerouted as follows:
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) traffic is coordinated to reroute around the Sunset Avenue closure between H and K avenues.
Patient traffic will be rerouted via digital/mobile signage at the corners of C Ave and 4 the Street, and N Ave and 4 th Street.
South Campus will be accessed via C Ave to Sunset. South Campus includes our
Women’s & Children’s Clinic, the Specialty Clinic, Therapy & Sports Medicine, Dermatology, Neurology, Wound Care, and the Sleep Clinic.
Main Hospital will be accessed via N Ave to Alder. Main Hospital includes the
Emergency Services, Imaging, Cardiology Clinic, Respiratory, Oncology, Infusion, Lab and Out-Patient Surgery.
Our employees will follow the same routes to access on-campus employee parking. GRH is hoping for our community’s support and patience, as we anticipate what this project will mean for improving patient care here at home, as well as the opportunities a state-of-the-art facility like this will bring to Union County and the broader Eastern Oregon region we serve.
If you have questions or want additional information, we have set up a Facilities Expansion Project page at grh.org. Project information will be updated moving forward to keep our community informed for the duration of the project, and archived for historical purposes.