A $4.9 million hospital in Oregon will be built in the desert in 2019
A $1.7 million medical facility in Oregon built in a remote desert will be ready to open in 2019, according to plans submitted to the federal government.
The Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Planning and Budget is proposing to build the Oregon Medical Center in the Mojave Desert, a small town in Oregon about 75 miles (125 kilometers) northwest of Portland, as a part of a $4 billion program to revitalize the health care system in the state.
The hospital, called the Medical Center of the Desert, will be the largest of its kind in the United States, and will include four medical and nursing facilities.
The hospital is expected to create up to 2,500 construction jobs and create thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
It will be constructed in a 2,700-acre (2,400-hectare) complex in a small farming community called the San Juan Mountains, according the Oregon Health Plan’s Office.
The plan also proposes to build another 1,500-acre building in the area.
The $1 million project will be completed by the end of 2021, and the state will pay for the construction and maintenance, according Oregon Health Planning’s Office, which released the plan.
The project was initially expected to cost about $1 billion.
The state is paying $750 million for the medical center, which will be operated by the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services.