Guest housing reaches halfway mark

August 21, 2013
There’s good news for Providence Portland Medical Center’s new guest housing project: The Portland New Car Dealers Association, represented by Providence Portland Medical Foundation board member Russ Humberston, Jr., pledged $75,000 in charitable proceeds from the annual car show held each January at the convention center.

That puts Providence Portland over the $2 million mark in fundraising efforts for guest housing. Project planning will now begin in earnest, benefitting patients who come from throughout Oregon, and the world, to receive treatment at Providence Portland.

“It’s exciting to reach this important stage in our fundraising process,” says Kelly Buechler, executive director of the Providence Portland Medical Foundation. “We can actually feel the momentum build as others become aware of the fact that this project really is moving forward.”

Windermere Foundation and Windermere Real Estate have also been key in supporting the project, a new 20,000-square-foot guest housing center, which will be located at Northeast 45th Avenue and Glisan Street. The center will feature 30 guest rooms, a kitchen area, laundry facilities and common rooms where people can visit. Shuttle service will be available to guests and patients who need to be taken to Providence Portland or the Hollywood transit center.

The hospital’s current guest housing facility, Gilroy Guest House, is a small apartment complex, built in 1955, at Northeast Hoyt Street and 47th Avenue.

For many Providence Portland patients and their families who travel far from home to receive medical care, the new guest housing will provide shelter and comfort.