Skyline's stunning patient wing offers Gorge residents the best view in health care--from the inside out. From the spacious and state-of-the-art patient rooms, the personalized birthing center with all-in-one-room care, and the Diagnostic Imaging Department, Skyline's facility sets a new standard for small hospitals.
As always, Skyline puts patients first. The new wing provides our community with the biggest private rooms, the most precise technology, and some of the best doctors in the Gorge.
Professional medical service in private rooms combined with superior equipment, close-at-hand nurses, medical experts and unparalleled views make this 21-bed hospital an inviting places to heal. Thirteen of the rooms look out over the Gorge, four reflect on a quiet interior courtyard, all have private baths, flat-screen TVs, laptops with Wi-Fi.
Skyline now offers full-service diagnostic imaging capabilities. Patients can now be referred to Skyline for x-rays, MRIs, ultrasound, digital mammography, bone density testing and one of the most in-depth CT scans in the Gorge.
Who payed for this addition?
Skyline is--without raising your taxes or padding your hospital bill. Fact is, the $15.1 million remodel was primarily funded by the commercial bond market. The hospital is obligated to pay off the bonds within the next 25 years. We intend to pay them off by hospital revenues gained from Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements. Due to government incentives that encourage rural Critical Access hospitals to update their facilities, the Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements increase to help us cover the costs without affecting the patients' out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, a few generous individuals have helped to off-set the cost of a portion of the construction by directing their donations to our capital improvement fund.
Skyline is anxious to get a jump start on the next phase of their project--finishing off the basement (with its bank of windows which over look the Gorge); however, the funding for this phase is still pending. In the meantime, the Skyline Foundation is raising funds to finish off the ground level with a kitchen, a cafe, meeting rooms, and an outdoor patio--all open to the community.