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KCDC Awards Grant to Collaborative Campus

Hospital news | Monday, September 12, 2016

Contact: Thomas Hottman

KLAMATH FALLS – Klamath Community Development Corporation today announced a $50,000 grant to the Sky Lakes Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University collaborative health care building on the Sky Lakes campus.

The $50 million project will be a clinic setting with educational support space that will facilitate the development of innovative training opportunities for a variety of medical disciplines, and will be new home of the academic headquarters for the OHSU Campus for Rural Health.

"We are delighted to be the first local organization to be asked, and we are enthusiastically supporting this very important program to expand the rural health hub that Klamath Falls is becoming," said John Dey, president of Klamath Community Development Corporation (KCDC).

"This is the largest grant award we have ever made and it demonstrates the level of excitement we have for this incredible project," he added.

The 88,000-square-foot four-story building on the northwest corner of the Sky Lakes campus, contiguous with the existing Cascades East Family Medicine building, will consolidate several Sky Lakes clinics now in separate locations around Klamath Falls, and will include OHSU education and research offices as well as the OHSU Campus for Rural Health academic headquarters.

The Sky Lakes-OHSU partnership in the new building will improve access to health services by putting clinicians, OHSU residents and students in other medical fields together in collaborative teams in a rural setting.

The building and the OHSU Campus for Rural Health will build on the Cascades East rural health program in Klamath Falls and expand OHSU's nationally recognized education initiatives.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-2017, following the completion of the first-ever parking garage in Klamath Falls. When completed, the new two-level $5 million parking structure will have 333 spaces with two electrical outlets on the lower level for electric cars. It will open in spring 2017.

About KCDC: Established in 1996, Klamath Community Development Corporation is an independent not-for-profit organization that promotes economic development in the Klamath Falls area. KCDC has quietly facilitated other local economic development projects – by granting funds or by lending – and has created and preserved hundreds of jobs. The organization has creatively coordinated the location of new businesses to Klamath Falls including International Paper, Thermo Pressed Laminates, Sykes Enterprises (now NEW), and ESI (Electro Scientific Industries). It also provided the initial $35,000 funding for the Dow Center for Health Professions on the Oregon Tech campus.

Contact: Bob Kingzett, 541-891-8470