Three-year plan will result in $45 million Olympic Medical Center expansion

Olympic Medical Center will embark in September on an ambitious, $45 million three-year expansion project that will include building a new 15-17 physician clinic and medical services building on the Sequim campus.

The hospital district eventually will employ about 150 people in Sequim, predicted Chief Financial Officer Eric Lewis.

Funding will be derived mostly from annual revenue, but will include a loan, sale of a nursing home, spending some reserves and a $1.5 million hospital foundation fund-raising campaign.

Some contracts for the project could be approved as early as the next scheduled commissioners meeting, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. at the hospital’s Linkletter Hall in Port Angeles.

Sequim expansion

Bellevue architect Phil Giuntoli presented preliminary site drawings for the additions to Olympic Medical Center’s 20-acre Sequim campus — the most expensive component of the expansion project — at the hospital commissioners’ board meeting last Wednesday.

Construction is expected to begin this fall on the first phase: remodeling the obstetrics unit at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

The expansion is aimed at keeping patients from going to Seattle and elsewhere for such medical services as cardiac care.

“One of the biggest reasons is to increase market share in the area,” Giuntoli said.

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