ROSEBURG, Ore. – Aviva Health is building a brand-new medical facility in Roseburg in hopes of better serving the community.
The 31,000-square-foot project will be an add-on to their existing Roseburg facility on Kenneth Ford Drive near Costco.
On Wednesday, Aviva Health officials held a virtual groundbreaking event to kick off the start of construction.
Construction will add 34 exam rooms, four procedure rooms and three large conference rooms that can also be used for community events.
However, staff said the most important aspect of the project is that they will have the space for 24 family medicine doctors that come to Roseburg for residency programs through Aviva Health.
“We want a place that’s going to be really conducive to learning and they’re going to get the best education they can get,” said chief compliance officer Joe Pospisil.
The residents normally stay around three years. Pospisil said they already have eight resident doctors working for Aviva Health and they are expecting to welcome eight more next month.
He said there will be another eight coming in by the time the project is completely finished. He said they’re hoping the state-of-the-art building will eventually convince them to stay and practice in Douglas County permanently.
“That’s our hope,” said Pospisil. “We can build a space that they’ll want to stay in, they’ll want to stay in Roseburg, and they’ll want to be a part of our community.”
Marketing and development director Mark Tsuchiya said they believe the new facility will benefit the community just as much as the residents.
With 24 resident doctors on staff, he said they will be able to reach about 3,300 more patients than they already serve now.
“Douglas County, many areas of it, is kind of a health care desert,” said Tsuchiya. “Folks don’t have access to care in places like Drain, or right here in Roseburg as well.”
The project is expected to cost $16 million to complete. At the groundbreaking ceremony, officials announced they are starting a $300,000 capital campaign to support the project. Tsuchiya said they have already raised $200,000 since last summer.
“We’re proud to say that 100 percent of our board members and every single department at Aviva Health contributed," he said.
The project is expected to be completed by spring 2022.