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Sunnyside Hospital recently announced plans to build a new replacement hospital and medical office building on their newly purchased 50-acre proposed medical campus location off Interstate 82. The organization expects to break ground in 2016.
During a press conference announcing the plans to build the new facility, John Gallagher, CEO, said "over the past three years the community, medical professionals, hospital staff and leadership have had one focus; to provide our community and the Valley the services and level of healthcare they deserve." This mission has since translated into 32 new and enhanced service lines, 45 new providers and 19 capital projects.
Such growth brings many challenges, but the main challenge has been the hospital's current 2.8 acre location which limits future expansion. As a result, the hospital's board of directors unanimously approved moving forward with plans for a new facility.
"Our new medical campus will provide us the opportunity to place all our clinical resources on one site, and the additional acreage will accommodate future expansion," said Gallagher.
The hospital recently purchase 50 acres of land that was owned by Scheenstra Farms. The land is equidistant between Yakima and Tri-Cities, allowing the hospital to support communities throughout the valley.
The hospital has hired Holly Construction Consultants out of South Carolina to manage the design and planning phase. The organization is a professional consulting firm specializing in hospital and medical facilities. At a recent planning meeting attended by municipal and state organizations as well private stakeholders and local interests, the firm unveiled the proposed design. The new hospital campus will be home to a 3-4 story 160,000 square foot building and a 2 story, 80,000 square foot medical office.
"We are excited for the opportunity to create a healthcare campus that has the resources communities in our valley deserves," said hospital representatives. "We remain committed to the needs of our patients and feel fortunate to be part of a community that is invested in the health of our neighbors."