Bond Proposal for 2023

Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics is a public hospital district primarily funded through patient revenue and an operations levy of $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Voter-approved bonds fund capital projects, such as renovating and maintaining facilities and replacing medical equipment.

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Currently, many community members must travel a long distance for specialty care causing a hardship for themselves and family. More space is needed to attract medical professionals to our area for increased access to primary care providers and specialty services. Some families require Adult Day Health Care for loved ones with memory issues or physical disabilities. Also, an Urgent Care Center is needed to support the health care of our community.

Our hospital requires renovations for patient care and to maintain the facility. Patient rooms and bathrooms require updating for safety and wheelchair access. Old cast iron pipes behind hospital walls need replacing. The nurses’ station and pharmacy are too small for modern patient care. The hospital also has a schedule to replace medical equipment to improve the quality of patient care.

In addition to hospital renovations, we want to improve energy efficiency and replace HVAC and utility systems near the end of their usable lives. There also are plans to expand the Ilwaco Clinic and the Wellness and Rehabilitation Center.

All projects will improve access to and quality of health care and help our buildings last longer. They also will help our local economy by hiring local businesses, purchasing materials locally and employing people in our community.

The Public Hospital District paid off its last bond of $0.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2021. It is considering a bond for less than half that amount at $0.17 per $1,000 ($68 per year/ $5.67 per month for a home valued at $400,000) to fund these community needs. This measure may be on the Special Election ballot in April of 2023.

There will be a public process before anything is decided.

More information, including a list of proposed projects, can be found below.

Ilwaco Clinic Renovation/Expansion w/Urgent Care Clinic  $              2,000,000
OBH Nursing Station/Pharmacy/Patient Room/Bathroom Reno.  $              1,950,000
OBH HVAC Replacement/Solar/Greening (LED Lights)  $              1,500,000
OBH Kitchen/Food Stores Expansion  $                 500,000
Expand the Wellness and Rehabilitation Center  $                 765,000
Strategic Real Estate Acquisition/Projects/PACE Site  $                 650,000
Archive Room Cast Iron Pipes/Shelving System  $                 135,000
Gravel Parking Lot Project w/Storm Water Management  $                 485,000
Diesel Supply Tank Upgrade (Per DOH Survey)  $                 450,000
Follow-Up Nursing Care Services for OBH patients  $                   65,000
Spectral CT, Photon CT, C-Arm, Nuclear Medicine or MRI  $              1,500,000

What is being considered?
The Board of Commissioners for Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics (also known as Pacific County Public Hospital District 3) is discussing asking voters to consider a bond for facility maintenance, improvements, and upgrades to medical equipment sometime in 2023.

Why is this being discussed?
Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics (OBHMC) is a “critical access” health care provider for residents from Naselle to Ocean Park. Critical access care facilities ensure local access to health care for rural communities. Bond funding would increase space for specialty services, renovate our hospital, and replace high-cost medical equipment.

How will this improve access to health care for local residents?
OBHMC requires more space to develop a non-profit Urgent Care center, attract primary doctors, and offer specialty services locally (orthopedics, dermatology, podiatry, behavioral health, and diabetes care). Currently, there are long wait times, and residents have to travel long distances for their health care needs, which is a hardship to them and their families.

What else would the bond accomplish?
These capital projects will help our local economy by hiring local businesses, purchasing materials locally, and employing people in our community.

What are the capital projects that would be funded?
Adding space for specialty services, renovating the hospital, and upgrading medical equipment are the priorities. A full list of projects can be found on our website www.oceanbeachhospital.com/bond.

What renovations will we see at our hospital?
Hospital patient rooms and bathrooms will be updated for safety, wheelchair access, and energy efficiency. The nurses’ station and pharmacy will be expanded to accommodate modern patient care. (Our nurse manager currently works in a broom closet.) We will replace cast-iron pipes as well as hospital HVAC and utility systems that are at the end of their usable lives.

Why do we maintain or renovate our facilities instead of replacing them?
Our facilities represent a significant investment for property taxpayers in our community. Maintaining and renovating facilities is significantly less expensive than building new ones and respects your investment.

What additional space will the bond fund to increase access to health care services?
OBHMC plans to offer a non-profit Urgent Care Center for medical concerns or injuries that don’t require a hospital emergency room. It also will expand the Ilwaco Clinic, the Wellness and Rehabilitation Center, and purchase other buildings for primary care and specialty services.

What medical equipment will be upgraded?
Our CT Scan machine requires replacement with either a Spectral CT or a Photon CT. We also want to purchase imaging equipment, such as a C-Arm machine, for surgery and an MRI to improve local access to health care services for our hospital and add a procedure room at Ocean Park Clinic to increase capacity and access for women’s health care.

How are public hospital districts funded?
Public hospital districts like OBHMC are primarily funded through patient revenue and an operations levy paid through property taxes. (OBHMC’s levy is $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value.) Some revenue comes from grants and donations, but this is not enough to fund daily operations. Voter-approved bonds fund capital projects, such as renovating and maintaining facilities and replacing medical equipment.

Why is property tax revenue necessary to fund public hospital districts?
Historically, residents in rural communities have struggled to receive high-quality health and non-profit Urgent Care services. Property tax revenue provides access to quality health care locally, which people deserve regardless of where they live. Voter-approved bonds fund capital projects like facilities and costly medical equipment.

Did my public hospital district pass its last state audit?
The Public Hospital District has passed all its independent financial and accountability audits by the state.

How much will it cost?
The bond would last for 20 years and is projected to cost $0.17 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This equates to a projected $68 per year ($5.67 per month) for a home valued at $400,000.

Have we passed a bond before?
Yes, voters have a history of approving bonds for capital items. They last approved a 20-year bond of $0.35 per $1,000, which was paid off in 2021

I have more questions. Who can I contact?
OBHMC CEO Scot Attridge (360) 642-6301 or sattridge@oceanbeachhospital.com) or Board Chair Nancy Gorshe (360-665-2368 or nancygorshe@reachone.com) welcome your questions!

“We want to better serve the health care needs of our community here at home.”

– Larry Cohen (retired), Chief Executive Officer

Presentation Available

Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics welcomes invitations to speak to community groups, local service organizations or homeowner associations and provide a 15-20 minute overview of the bond proposal being considered. To schedule a presentation please contact Scot Attridge, Chief Executive Officer, at 360-642-6301 or sattridge@oceanbeachhospital.com.

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