Replace aging Gold Beach hospital and improve Port Orford clinic
On November 5, voters will decide whether or not to build a new hospital in Gold Beach, improve the Port Orford clinic, and increase health care services in Curry County. Outdated facilities can't accommodate modern medical technology and advances in medicine. This bond would secure an additional $10 million in a low-interest loan to build a new $20 million hospital in Gold Beach.
Why Now?Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach is more than 60 years old. It's expensive to maintain and cannot accommodate new wiring and duct work. It barely meets Medicare and state licensure standards. In fact, the current waiver for compliance with modern fire codes expires in mid-2016, and will likely not be renewed. If the hospital is not in compliance, it could be forced to close. Construction of a new hospital on the existing Curry General Hospital campus will take approximately 12-15 months, which would require design and development to begin in the Spring of 2014 to complete the hospital by the end of 2015.
The clinic in Port Orford would expand its services, including more specialists (Orthopedist, Internist and Ear-Nose-Throat specialist). Learn more about other planned improvements for Curry Family Medical.
A New Hospital Would
●Support current medical technology
●Attract and retain quality physicians and staff
●Meet current codes
●Provide essential healthcare services, so people choose to live and work in Curry County
●Reduce need to travel to distant medical facilities
●Improve local economy. Workers who don't live in the local area may spend an estimated $1 Million on lodging and meals during the hospital's construction.
What are the hospital's deficiencies?
●Not enough exam and treatment rooms
●Exam and treatment rooms are too small to incorporate newer technology
●Need an additional operating room
●Dated technology in operating room
●Limited space and patient privacy in Emergency Department
●Poor work flows create inconveniences for patients and unnecessary costs
●Congested areas reduce patient privacy
$10 million bond measure
●Increase property taxes 74¢/$1,000 of valuation
●Double the $10 million in bond funds through low interest matching loans
●Hospital Levy Calculator
●The District has included a provision to issue an annual credit up to $150 per year, per property, for five years.
●The credit may be applied to co-payments and deductibles for District services. For those without insurance, the credit can be applied to the entire bill.
●Other terms and conditions apply.