Willamette Valley Medical Center

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Willamette Valley Medical Center
Willamette Valley Medical Center is a for-profit Level III acute care hospital in McMinnville, Oregon, United States. Opened at a different location as McMinnville Community Hospital, the four story medical center has 80 licensed hospital beds. Adjacent to the McMinnville Airport on Oregon Route 18, the facility is owned by Capella Healthcare.

In 1904, the first hospital is established in McMinnville. In the early 1970s, the then 40 bed McMinnville Community Hospital was sold to outside investors. The building was located on South Baker Street in downtown near Linfield College. In September 1987, Hospital Corporation of America sold McMinnville Community Hospital and 101 other medical centers to Health Trust, a company created by the employees. In 1994, owner Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation approved the construction of a new campus near the city’s airport. Built on the 35 acres (140,000 m 2) the new facility cost $45 million to build and was more than twice as big as the former hospital. The new 67-bed campus opened in March 1996 and was constructed by McDevitt Street Bovis. The hospital was then renamed as Columbia Willamette Valley Medical Center. In 1995, the hospital was named one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals by Mercer Health Care Provider Consulting and HCIA, Inc. out of 3,400 hospitals nationwide. A occupational medicine clinic was added in 1999. In 1999, Columbia/HCA created two subsidiaries and sold the hospital to Triad, one of those two spin-offs. In 2001, the hospital had revenues of $88.3 million and an operating profit of $10.5 million. In October 2002, a 8,000-square-foot (740 m 2) cancer treatment center was opened at a cost of $5.5 million. Community Health Systems purchased Triad in a $6.8 billion deal in July 2007, acquiring the McMinnville medical center. In March 2008, the hospital was one of nine facilities sold by Community Health Systems to Capella Healthcare.

The exterior of the four-story is faced with mauve colored brick and blue tinted windows. The medical centers main building contains 164,150 square feet (15,250 m 2) of space. Willamette Valley Medical Center is the only hospital in the city of McMinnville, with the next closest medical center in Newberg at Providence Newberg Medical Center. Willamette Valley Medical offers a variety of medical services including critical care, acute care, a 24-hour Level III emergency room, diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, dialysis, cardiac care, a birth center, occupational medicine, operating rooms, and laboratory services among others. Located directly behind the hospital building, is the 8,000-square-foot (740 m 2) cancer treatment center. The center’s building includes a water fountain made of copper, a kitchenette for patients, an enclosed walkway to the main building, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an exterior courtyard. Inside, the facility offers radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and a linear accelerator. The cancer center also offers outpatient treatments. In 2006, the hospital had a net profit of $14 million on gross patient revenues of $161 million. In 2007, the center staffed 67 hospital beds and had 108,573 visits of which 20,204 were emergency room visits. That year there were 1,303 surgeries and 749 babies born at the hospital. The medical center is accredited by The Joint Commission, employees 592 people, and has a total of 150 doctors with access.