State will complete review of need for new psychiatric hospital to be located in Hermiston by November 22, 2017

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will begin its review of a Certificate of Need application from Lifeways, Inc. for a 16-bed freestanding psychiatric hospital in Hermiston. 

The proposed hospital would be known as Aspen Springs Hospital and would be located at 1212 West Linda Avenue, Hermiston, Oregon, 97338. 

State law charges OHA officials with reviewing proposals for new hospitals and nursing facilities to ensure health care consumers don't pay for facilities not justified by community needs. Under state law OHA evaluates such criteria as the need for the proposed project, whether it is the most effective and least costly alternative, if it has an appropriate relationship to the service area and whether or not it's financial viable. 

Jana Fussell, OHA Certificate of Need Coordinator, said a proposed decision will be issued no later than November 22, 2017. 

Anyone who has a vested interest in the outcome of the OHA decision may request affected party status. Anyone designated as an affected person will receive copies of relevant correspondence, may testify at or request a public meeting on the issue prior to a decision if the request is made at a reasonable time, and may be a party to any future informal or contested case hearings. 

OHA will make a copy of the application available for inspection, upon appointment, during normal business hours at 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 305 in Portland. For further information, please contact Jana Fussell at (971) 673-1108. 

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