Pullman Regional Hospital plans to expand

Expansion includes mental health, cardiac services

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KESTRA ENGSTROM

Pullman Regional Hospital’s new layout will expand orthopedic and sports medicine patient care.

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter, columnist, copy editor

The Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners approved an expansion plan for the hospital this summer  — its first major expansion since it opened in 2004 — and is now looking to secure a funding plan. 

The approved project proposal includes relocating 9,000 square feet of administrative services to the Summit Therapy building and remodeling 17,000 square feet of the hospital, according to a Pullman Regional Hospital news release. The plan also includes adding 54,000 square feet to the 105,000 square foot hospital.

With this plan in place, PRH will expand more than just the physical location. The hospital will also develop mental health services, sleep studies, cardiac-pulmonary care and more, according to the release. The hospital would also house a simulation lab for training and an expanded surgery recovery unit, according to the PRH website.

During a board meeting on July 6, commissioners were presented with a recommended funding plan for the expansion, according to the news release. The expansion will cost around $45 million, which includes minor medical equipment.

Funding may also be found through philanthropy, grants and other sources, which will raise between $6-12.5 million, and a potential tax-payer bond, which will raise between $22.5-29.5 million, according to the news release. Hospital borrowing will play a part in funding, but it will not exceed $10 million.

A meeting to act on the funding plan will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will be open to the public. The meeting will be in conference rooms C and D at PRH, located at 835 SE Bishop Blvd. People who are hoping to attend virtually can find login information for Zoom on the Board of Commissioners website.

More information can be found on the PRH website.