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St. Charles to offer tours of new ICU (in cardboard form)


The community is invited to tour a 27,000-square-foot cardboard mock-up of the new critical care unit planned for the St. Charles Bend campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30 and 31.

The replica will be made entirely out of cardboard and is being constructed to provide St. Charles caregivers and the community the chance to feel what it is like to work in the space and provide input.

The “cardboard city” will replicate the patient rooms, work spaces, family spaces and more planned for the ICU-portion of the new tower that will be constructed on the Bend campus. Those who walk through will have a better idea what it will feel like to physically be in the space than they would from reviewing architectural designs.

“It is much easier to move cardboard than it is to move real walls once they have been built,” said Todd Shields, executive operational leader for the new tower project. “This is an exciting event and we hope that as many caregivers, providers and community members as possible participate and provide feedback.”

The event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 30 and from 6 to 9 a.m. on Aug. 31 at a warehouse located at 20720 Brinson Blvd. in Bend.

Guided tours will last about 30 minutes. Participants will be asked to complete a 10-minute survey at the end of the tour.

About St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Madras, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,800 caregivers. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.

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