Jefferson Healthcare’s Campus Expansion and Modernization project is explained to state Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger, far left, earlier this week. Dr. Christine Skorberg, middle, speaks to them about the importance of an expanded obstetrics and gynecology clinic while hospital Commissioner Jill Buhler Rienstra and Dr. Asif Luqman, far right, look on. (Jefferson Healthcare)

Jefferson Healthcare’s Campus Expansion and Modernization project is explained to state Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger, far left, earlier this week. Dr. Christine Skorberg, middle, speaks to them about the importance of an expanded obstetrics and gynecology clinic while hospital Commissioner Jill Buhler Rienstra and Dr. Asif Luqman, far right, look on. (Jefferson Healthcare)

Jefferson Healthcare presents plans to legislators

Expansion project in the works

PORT TOWNSEND — State Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger toured Jefferson Healthcare to learn more about the Campus Expansion and Modernization Project.

The project, estimated to cost between $70 million and $75 million, will expand more than 55,000 square feet of clinical space and bring new specialties such as radiation oncology, neurology, pulmonology, geriatrics, ambulatory surgery, and ear, nose and throat services to the community while expanding other services such as orthopedics, dermatology, and obstetrics and gynecology.

The representatives, both of whom represent Legislative District 24, which includes Jefferson and Clallam counties, visited portions of the building slated for demolition before the new building project can begin.

Chief Executive Officer Mike Glenn and Jake Davidson, chief of ancillary, ambulatory and support services, talked of community healthcare needs and outlined the project.

In July, Jefferson Healthcare commissioners unanimously voted against putting a $35 million bond on November’s general election ballot. Instead, they opted to limit expansion and self-fund the work along with possible federal funding.

No dates have been set for demolition and construction.

Both representatives are seeking reelection in the Nov. 8 general election.

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