University District Hospital to undergo massive overhaul

Four vacant buildings will be removed, and the main lobby will be revamped.

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 4:28 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – PeaceHealth will soon launch a massive overhaul of their University District Hospital.

The 15-month project is expected to begin in April 2021 and involves removing four vacant buildings including the former Johnson Unit and the remaining wing of the former Sacred Heart General Hospital.

As part of the modernization project, the main hospital lobby will be repositioned to accommodate the construction work and then “revitalized.”

“PeaceHealth has been planning to remove these outdated, unused buildings and to make the hospital lobby a more inviting, active space,” said chief operating officer Todd Salnas, chief operating officer. “This work in Eugene is part of the evolution of PeaceHealth’s long-range plan to guide investment in our facilities throughout our networks in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.”

A dining area will be added to the lobby and the Chapel and the Heartfelt Gifts shop will be moved.

Patients will continue to be cared for in the main hospital tower and the inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Clinics at 1200 Hilyard Street and all other PeaceHealth offices will continue with their current hours.

PeaceHealth officials said it’s the biggest changes the campus has seen since the hospital was expanded in the early 1980s.

Mementos from PeacHealth’s heritage will be archived, and officials said they will work with nonprofit groups to recycle usable building materials, furnishings and equipment.

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